Psychology Department




Farzin Irani

Farzin Irani, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Drexel University


Office Phone #: 610-436-2271

Office Room#: People’s Building 46


Preferred means of contact: Email


Spring 2016 Office Hours:

Monday: 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Tuesday & Thursday: 11:00am - 12:30pm


Courses taught:

PSY 246 – Research Methods
PSY 375 – Abnormal Psychology
PSY 400 – Senior Seminar in Clinical Neuropsychology
PSY 544 – Intelligence Testing


Description of research interests :  

I am a clinical neuropsychologist whose research has focused on understanding brain-behavior relationships across the lifespan in diverse individuals. I believe that assessments and treatments for brain disorders need to be empirically supported, informed by their neurobiological underpinnings and understood in a cultural context. So, my lab group has focused on research that integrates traditional and computerized neuropsychological assessment with modern neuroimaging methods in diverse populations. My current line of research is focused on examining the relationship between asthma and brain-behavior functions. We are currently running studies looking at how asthma affects thinking, and how it disproportionately affects some groups more than others. We are also planning studies to look at the impact of asthma on the brain as measured through cutting-edge neuroimaging technologies such as functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS). I love research and mentoring and try to excite students about research involving clinical neuropsychology, asthma, cognitive neuroscience and diversity.


Some representative publications:

Irani, F., Seligman, S., Kamath, V., Kohler C. & Gur, R.C. (2012). A meta-analysis of emotion perception and functional outcomes in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 137,203-11.


Irani, F., Brensinger, C.M., Richard, J., Calkins, M.E., Moberg, P.J., Bilker, W.B., Gur, R.E., & Gur, R.C. (2012). Computerized neurocognitive test performance in schizophrenia: A lifespan analysis. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 20(1),41-52.


Irani, F., Kalkstein, S., Moberg, E. & Moberg, P.J. (2010). Neuropsychological performance in older patients with schizophrenia: A meta-analysis of cross-sectional and longitudinal studies. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 37, 1318-26. 


Romero, H., Lageman, S., Kamath, V., Irani, F., Sim, A., Surez, P., Manly, J., & Attix, D. (2010). Proceedings of the challenges in the neuropsychological assessment of ethnic minorities: Problem solving summit. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 23,761-779.


Irani, F., Sweet, L., Haley, A., Gunstad, J., Jerskey, B., Mulligan, R.C., Jefferson, A., Poppas, A., & Cohen, R. (2009). An fMRI study of verbal working memory, cardiac output, and ejection fraction in elderly patients with cardiovascular disease. Brain Imaging and Behavior, 3,350-357.


Irani, F. (2008). A search for autoprosopagnosia in schizophrenia. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA. 


Irani, F., Platek, S.M., Panyavin, I., Calkins, M.E., Kohler, C., Siegel, S.J., Schachter, M.C., Gur, R.E. & Gur, R.C. (2007). Self-face recognition and theory of mind in patients with schizophrenia and their first degree relatives. Schizophrenia Research, 88,151-160.


Irani, F., Platek, S.M., Bunce, S., Ruocco, A.C. & Chute, D. (2007). Applications of functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) to neurobehavioral disorders. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 21, 9-


Siegel, S.J., Irani, F., Brensinger, C., Kohler, C., Bilker, W., Ragland, J.D., Kanes, S.J., Gur, R.C. & Gur, R.E. (2006). Prognostic variables at intake and 3 year level of function in schizophrenia. American Journal of Psychiatry, 163,433-41. 



Teaching philosophy: I try to help students strive toward academic excellence by fueling a passion for the science and practice of psychology. We are all unique and need to continuously strive for what we enjoy and deserve!