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Professor Nazanin Derakhshan

Nazanin Derakshan is a Professor of Experimental Psychopathology, in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Birkbeck University of London, and a former Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow in Experimental Psychopathology. She is Director of the Research Centre for Risk and Resilience in Psychopathology (see link below). She has conducted extensive research into understanding the cognitive and neural mechanisms behind the effects of anxiety and depression on cognitive performance, with a number of key papers including highly cited theoretical articles published. Her work shows how deficits in attentional control and processing efficiency can be improved by engaging and targeting working memory capacity, with direct implications in education and clinical health where enhancing processing efficiency can help protect against the effects of anxiety and depression. To find out more about her research projects click on 'Research' (top left of this page).


  • *Naz's new line of work studies how psychological and cognitive flexibility can pave the way towards resilience and a richer more meaningful life. Drawing from her recent personal experience of breast cancer, the new line of research will highlight how embracing the experience of emotions such as anxiety, sadness and fear can make us stronger and cognitively as well as psychologically flexible. ‘The other side of fear’ presents new theoretical insights into understanding how emotional vulnerability, especially in the face of trauma, can be adaptive and instrumental in enhancing the quality of our lives.*




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Office: Room 517c, Department of Psychological Sciences
tel: +44 20 7631 6538
fax: +44 20 7631 6312
Labs: MERLiN (Mace Experimental Research Laboratries in Neuroscience)

About Professor Nazanin Derakhshan

Nazanin Derakhshan

Nazanin Derakhshan

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