Staff

 

 Clinical Team

 Farzin Irani, Ph.D., ABPP-CN


Dr. Farzin Irani is a board certified clinical neuropsychologist.  She is committed to working with people from various backgrounds who would like to understand themselves better.   She provides competent expertise in brain-behavior relationships by using a careful and thorough approach to assessment and treatment.  She is regularly consulted by physicians, advocates and expert review panels for comprehensive neuropsychological and psychological assessments, and reviews.   She is multi-lingual and values the unique world views that we all have to offer.

Dr. Irani initially completed a Master degree in counseling and human relations from Villanova University.  She then completed her doctorate in clinical neuropsychology from Drexel University, a pre-doctoral internship at Brown University and two post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania.  She is board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology, with demonstrated competence in clinical neuropsychology (ABPP-CN).

She regularly enjoys teaching graduate and undergraduate students, and educating the community on neuropsychology, aging, brain health and diversity.  She is an active researcher with grants, peer-reviewed publications, encylopedia entries, chapters, and presentations at national and international conferences.  She serves on the board of the Philadelphia Neuropsychology Society and is involved with outreach initiatives of the American Board of Professional Psychology.  She has  served on committees  for the National Academy of Neuropsychology and American Psychology Association, Division 40 (Clinical Neuropsychology).

Dr. Irani’s clinical experiences include work with diverse individuals of different ages (child through geriatric years) and from a variety of settings (outpatient, inpatient, school, college, research).  She has experience with various neurological illnesses (e.g. dementias, brain tumors, strokes, traumatic brain injuries, concussions, multiple sclerosis, movement disorders, ADHD, learning disabilities), psychological conditions (e.g. psychosis, depression, anxiety) and medical disorders (e.g. cancer, chronic pain, genetic conditions).  She has provided memory care services within assisted living facilities.  She has also provided forensic consultations for civil and capital legal cases, and serves as an independent reviewer on expert panels.

Megan Perrin, Ph.D., MPH

Dr. Megan Perrin is a licensed psychologist with specialty training in clinical neuropsychology.  Dr. Perrin believes that successful treatment planning begins with a thorough evaluation of cognitive and psychological functioning to identify areas of weakness impeding optimal daily functioning.  She relies on empirically established standardized measures and a thorough review of individual values, beliefs and circumstances to thoroughly evaluate neurological functioning and behavior.

Dr. Perrin received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University at Buffalo.  She completed her Master’s in Public Health at Columbia University and her PhD in Clinical Psychology with a subspecialty in Neuropsychology at Queens College, The City of New York Graduate School.  Dr. Perrin completed her internship at the Memory Clinic in Bennington Vermont and her postdoctoral training in the Neuropsychiatry Department at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Perrin also has a long-standing career in epidemiological and clinical research.  She has published numerous studies examining risk factors and neurological, psychological and cognitive symptomology associated with posttraumatic stress disorder and psychosis.  She also serves as an ad hoc peer reviewer for various scientific journals.  Through clinical service and scholarly research, she has become an expert in identifying complex, higher-level cognitive functioning impairments associated with mood, behavioral and psychotic disorders.

Samantha Foreman, M.A.


Samantha Foreman will enter her fourth year of the Psy.D. program at Immaculata University in the fall of 2016. She previously completed a practicum placement at the Center for Women’s Emotional Wellness at Christiana Care in Newark, Delaware. During her training she supported pregnant women and new mothers with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.  Samantha graduated from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, double majoring in psychology and neuroscience. While at King’s she completed an internship at First Hospital Wyoming Valley focusing on psychological testing. Samantha holds student memberships with the American Psychological Association and Pennsylvania Psychological Association.

Melissa Hillebrecht, M.A.

Melissa L. Hillebrecht is attaining her doctorate in clinical psychology from Immaculata University. She achieved her Masters of Arts degree in school psychology from Iona College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Syracuse University. Melissa gained experience as a school psychologist within the Byram Hills School District in New York and within the Manalapan-Englishtown Regional Schools in New Jersey. She works as a training consultant for counselors, teachers, and staff on how to enhance social thinking and skills by infusing a common language throughout five schools (pre-k through 8th grades).

Melissa’s clinical experiences include supervised therapy and assessment.  She is experienced in administering, scoring, and interpreting comprehensive psychological and neuropsychological evaluations and giving cognitive and education test batteries for a variety of neurologic illnesses (e.g. traumatic brain injury, dementias, stroke, concussions), medical disorders (e.g. cancer, dysphasia), psychological conditions (e.g. depression, anxiety, PTSD, mood disorders), and developmental disabilities (e.g. autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, learning disabilities). Melissa’s background also includes psychotherapy, serving individuals with severe traumatic brain injuries, personality disorders, depression, anxiety, social skills, end of life struggles, and grief.

Melissa’s research has examined the use of projective measures in postconcussive syndrome, the role of test order and test selection, and social problem solving and perspective taking ability (theory of mind) in individuals with traumatic brain injuries. Through Melissa’s experiences, she has become extremely interested in how the brain functions. She has found that by utilizing assessments to determine strengths and weaknesses as well as incorporating behavioral and personality data, mood related symptoms, and coping abilities, recommendations can be targeted more specifically to address the particular needs of her clients.

 

Celita Owens, M.A.

Ms. Celita Owens is a doctoral student studying Clinical Psychology at Immaculata University. Celita obtained both her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Xavier University of Louisiana. During her training as a Counselor, the focal point of her clinical training consisted of interpersonal trauma in children and adults, including emotional abuse, emotional neglect, physical abuse as well as domestic violence, and sexual abuse. Her areas of interest include; childhood interpersonal trauma and its impact throughout the lifespan, and acute and chronic sports related traumatic brain injury. Celita’s past clinical experiences include serving as lead consultant to behavioral health providers and teachers in public schools, community-based, non-profit education and multi-service behavioral health facilities throughout Montgomery County. She has extensive training in play therapy and is experienced in facilitating creative experiences with children and families. Celita is currently providing counseling services to individuals ranging in ages across the lifespan experiencing a range of clinical issues, including co-occurring disorders in a non-profit, multi-service community behavioral health center.

 

Administrative Team

Communications and billing support is provided by:

Cheryl Obert
Elizabeth Martinez

 

 

Please contact us by phone at 484-870-5608 or by email at info@AAANeuropsych.com

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