Irene Hurford, MD

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Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Veteran's Administration Medical Center
Department: Psychiatry

Contact information
3819 Chestnut St. Garden Level
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-387-3223
Fax: 215-387-3203
B.Sc. (Psychology, High Distinction)
University of Toronto, 1999.
MD (Doctor of Medicine)
McMaster University, 2002.
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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

Ann Hoffman: Philly program steps up efforts with families, schools to address early psychosis in kids. Newsworks Tonight, WHYY January 2018 Notes: Interviewed for a story about the PEACE program that I started and direct.

Maiken Scott: Making Cities Work. The Pulse, WHYY January 2018 Notes: Interviewed about the rates of psychosis in cities, and factors contributing to increased urban risk.

Weinberger, Jillian: The Black Robe Effect. The Impact, Vox Media. Vox Media, November 2017 Notes: I was featured on a podcast and accompanying article about assisted outpatient treatment.

Hurford IM, Ventura J, Marder SR, Reise SP, Bilder RM: A 10-minute measure of global cognition: Validation of the Brief Cognitive Assessment Tool for Schizophrenia (B-CATS). Schizophrenia Research. Elsevier, September 2017 Notes: Epub ahead of print.

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.

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Last updated: 03/16/2018
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