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Irene Hurford, MD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Veteran's Administration Medical Center
Program Director, Psychosis Education, Assessment, Care, and Empowerment (PEACE) Program, Horizon House Inc.
Department: Psychiatry

Contact information
3819 Chestnut St. Garden Level
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-387-3223
Fax: 215-387-3203
Education:
B.Sc. (Psychology, High Distinction)
University of Toronto, 1999.
MD (Doctor of Medicine)
McMaster University, 2002.
Post-Graduate Training
Resident in Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and West LA VA, Los Angeles, CA, 2002-2005.
Chief Resident in Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and West LA VA, Los Angeles, CA, 2005-2006.
Post-Doctoral Scholar in Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, 2006-2007.
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Advanced Fellowship in Neuropsychiatry, Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Care (MIRECC), Department of Psychiatry, San Diego VA Medical Center, San Diego, CA , 2006-2008.
Certifications
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 2008.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

Dr. Hurford developed and directs the Psychosis Education, Assessment, Care, and Empowerment (PEACE) Program through Horizon House, Inc. She provides expert care to individuals experiencing the first year of psychotic symptoms.

Description of Other Expertise

First episode psychosis (FEP), early episode psychosis, recovery, resiliency, cognition

Description of Research Expertise

Dr. Hurford's research focuses on measurement of cognition in psychosis, treatment outcomes in early-episode psychosis, interventions to improve functioning in early psychosis, and program evaluation.

Selected Publications

David Solomon: Before Stage 4. WQED Pittsburgh March 2017 Notes: Featured in a half-hour documentary about treatment for first-episode psychosis.

Hurford, IM; Jones, N: Interrogating Insight and Coercive Care for People with Psychosis: Situated Perspectives from the Front Lines. Community Mental Health. Rosenberg S and Rosenberg J (eds.). Routledge Press, In Press 2017.

Dolores Malaspina: Doctor Radio. \{Sirius XM Doctor Radio} December 2016 Notes: Interviewed for an hour on a two-hour long radio program entitled Doctor Radio, through Sirius XM.

Hurford, I: Medicating a Prophet. New York Times October 2016.

Maiken Scott: Keeping Lives on Track through Early Psychosis Intervention. WHYY The Pulse radio program March 2016 Notes: Interviewed for WHYY The Pulse which ran a story on the first episode psychosis program I implemented for the City of Philadelphia through Horizon House, a community mental health provider.

Jones N, Hurford I, Britz, B: Peer Leadership in Early Intervention in Psychosis Services. National Mental Health Consumer’s Self-Help Clearinghouse, Webinar May 2015.

Caroff SN, Hurford I, Bleir HR, Gorton GE, Campbell EC: Recurrent Idiopathic Catatonia: Implications Beyond the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition. Clinical Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience 13(2): 218-221, 2015.

Larkin E and Hurford IM: Perpetuating Schizophrenia’s Stigma. New York Times August 2014.

Kohler C, Borgmann-Winter KE, Hurford I, Neustadter E, Yi J, Calkins ME: Is prevention a realistic goal for schizophrenia? Curr Psychiatry Rep 16(4): 439, April 2014.

Ventura J, Reise SP, Keefe RS, Hurford IM, Wood RC, Bilder RM: The Cognitive Assessment Interview (CAI): Reliability and Validity of a Brief Interview-Based Measure of Cognition. Schizophrenia Bulletin 39(3): 583-91, May 2013.

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