Department of Psychiatry

Penn Behavioral Health

Irene Hurford, MD

Irene Hurford, MDDr. Hurford is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania.  Her clinical and research interests include treatment programs for early episode psychosis, cognition in schizophrenia, and humor in schizophrenia.


Education

  • 1999 – B.Sc. University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario (Psychology, with High Distinction)
  • 2002 – M.D. McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario

Academic Positions

  • 2007-2008 – Clinical Instructor, Department of Psychiatry, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2009 – Clinical Associate, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA         
  • 2009-Present – Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Hospital and Administrative Appointments:

  • 2007-2008 – Attending Psychiatrist, UCLA Consult/Liaison-Emergency Room Service, Department of Psychiatry, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2007-2008 – Attending Psychiatrist, Schizophrenia Outpatient Clinic, Department of Psychiatry, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2008-Present – Attending Psychiatrist, Department of Behavioral Health, Philadelphia VA Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2012-Present – Leader, Severe Mental Illness Treatment Team, Department of Behavioral Health, Philadelphia VA Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA

Honors:

  • 1997 – R.W. Leonard Scholarship, University of Toronto, class standing in top 1% of Arts and Science
  • 1998 – University College Special Admissions Scholarship, University of Toronto, class standing in top 1% of Arts and Science
  • 1999 – R.W. Leonard Scholarship, University of Toronto, class standing in top 1% of Arts and Science
  • 1999 – J.D. Ketchum Memorial Scholarship, University of Toronto, highest GPA in Psychology Program
  • 2005 – American Psychiatric Institute for Research and Education/Janssen Resident Psychiatric Research Scholarship
  • 2006 – West Coast College of Biological Psychiatry Attendance Scholarship
  • 2007 – Listed in America’s Top Psychiatrists, Consumer’s Research Council of America
  • 2008 – Career Development Institute (CDI) for Psychiatry Fellowship Awardee

Selected Publications:

  • 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. 2012 February 10. Electronic publication ahead of print
  • Hurford IM, Marder SR, Keefe RSE, Reise SP, Bilder RM: A Brief Cognitive Assessment Tool for Schizophrenia (B-CATS): Construction of a Tool for Clinicians; Schizophrenia Bulletin; 2011 May; 37(3):538-45.
  • Hurford IM, Kalkstein S, Hurford MO; Cognitive Rehabilitation in Schizophrenia: Strategies to Improve Cognition; Psychiatric Times; 2011 March: 28(3):43-44.
  • Bratti IM, Kane JM, Marder SR: Chronic Restlessness with Antipsychotics; American Journal of Psychiatry; 2007 November;164(11):1648-54.
  • Baldessarini RJ, Tondo L, Baethge C, Lepri B, Bratti IM: Effects of treatment latency on response to maintenance treatment in manic-depressive disorders; Bipolar Disorders. 2007;9(4):386-93  
  • Baethge C, Tondo L, Bratti IM, Bschor T, Bauer M, Viguera AC, Baldessarini RJ: Prophylaxis latency and outcome in bipolar disorders. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. 2003 August;48(7):449-57.  
  • Bratti IM, Baldessarini RJ, Baethge C, Tondo L: Pretreatment episode count and response to lithium treatment in manic-depressive illness. Harvard Review of Psychiatry. 2003 September-October;11(5):245-56.

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