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Speakers Bureau

Irene Hurford, MD

  • Name

    Irene Hurford, MD

  • About

    Psychiatrist | UPenn professor for 10 years, now in private practice | Started FEP programs and centers in PA | Now engaging patients more psychoanalytically for treatment of psychosis

  • Topics / Expertise

    1) Coordinated Specialty Care for First Episode Psychosis - the good and the not so good, 2) the psychotherapy of psychosis, 3) counter-transference problems in the treatment providers, 4) the problems with and reification of the biomedical model of psychosis

  • Bio

    Dr. Hurford graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Toronto, and received her MD from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. She was chief resident during her residency at UCLA, and completed a two year research fellowship in San Diego. Dr. Hurford was faculty at the University of Pennsylvania for ten years, and she continues to be volunteer clinical faculty in the department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Hurford was founder and clinical director of the Psychosis Education, Assessment, Care, and Empowerment (PEACE) program at Horizon House, Inc, which has become a leading First-Episode Psychosis (FEP) program across the United States. She was the founder and director of HeadsUp at the University of Pennsylvania, where she led Pennsylvania-wide efforts at FEP services program evaluation, and programmatic training in FEP Coordinated Specialty Care service implementation and delivery. Dr. Hurford is the recipient of multiple awards, including the 2017 NAMI National Exemplary Psychiatrist award, and 2017 NAMI Montgomery PA Impact Award. Dr. Hurford is interested in the power of narrative to transform lives, and the ability of therapy to understand and reshape a person's life story.

  • Travel

    Maybe - Virtual Prefered