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Professor Naz Derakhshan

FAPS

Director of the Research Centre for Risk and Resilience in Psychopathology

Director for the Psychoeducational Research Centre for Building Psychological Resilience in Breast Cancer
Centre for Building Psychological Resilience in Breast Cancer's blog: Panning for Gold

Director of Building Resilience in Breast Cancer Group

Director of Postgraduate Taught Courses

Head of the Departmental Research Committee

 

Contact details

Office: Room 517c, Department of Psychological Sciences
tel: +44 (0)20 7631 6538
fax: +44 (0)20 7631 6312
email: n.derakhshan@bbk.ac.uk

Twitter account: @ProfNDerakshan


Labs: MERLiN (Mace Experimental Research Laboratories in Neuroscience)

Publications listed on BIROn

Research overview

  • Nazanin Derakhshan 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 Psychoeducational Research Centre for Building Psychological Resilience in Breast Cancer. 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.
  • 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.
  • GOOGLE SCHOLAR Personal Webpage
  • Latest research blog: http://blogs.bbk.ac.uk/research/2015/12/22/improving-attentional-control-to-reduce-anxiety/

Career history

  • 2012 to date Professor of Experimental Psychopathology. Department of Psychological Sciences, Birkbeck University of London.
  • 2013-2015 Visiting Professor. Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, UK.
  • 2012 - 2013, Visiting Research Associate at St John's College Research Centre, St John's College, University of Oxford.
  • 2009 - 2011, Reader in Psychology; Birkbeck, University of London (Maternity Leave 2010).
  • 2004-2008, Senior Lecturer in Psychology; Birkbeck, University of London.
  • 2004 - 2006, Lecturer in Psychology, Department of Psychological Sciences, Birkbeck, University of London.
  • 2000 - 2004, Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow in Experimental Psychopathology, University of Leeds, UK (I was the second person to be awarded this prestigious award in Experimental Psychology)
  • 1999 - 2000 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK.
  • 1998-1999 Temporary Lecturer in Psychology, University of Sussex, UK.