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"A Systemic Approach to Embracing Linguistic Diversity in Neuropsychology" / Farzin Irani, Ph.D., ABPP-CN

  • 13 Feb 2023
  • 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
  • Zoom (link to follow)
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February 13, 2023

6 pm to 7:15 pm

"A Systemic Approach to Embracing Linguistic Diversity in Neuropsychology"


Presenter: Farzin Irani, Ph.D., ABPP-CN (she/her)

*Members: Free attendance & Free 1 CE credit

*Non-members: $15 attendance & $15 CE credit

 This is a virtual event (Zoom link to follow)


There have been changes in population demographics globally and in the United States that present more opportunities for neuropsychologists to work with linguistically diverse groups. Yet, there are barriers in accessing quality care for those who do not speak English fluently. This presentation will discuss practical ways to use an action-oriented advocacy framework to dismantle linguistically based barriers across multiple systems.  We will also discuss lessons learned from neuropsychologists who are working with linguistically diverse communities across the world, in order to support more transformational changes in the field. 



Dr. Farzin Irani is involved in clinical practice and training in the greater Philadelphia area. She is a non-native English speaker with a multi-lingual, transnational, and bicultural world view. She completed her Ph.D. at Drexel University, clinical internship at Brown University, post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, and board certification through the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology.  She actively teaches graduate and post-doctoral trainees, and has published ~50 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries. She recently edited a clinical handbook that assembled case studies from across the world to increase understanding of cultural diversity in neuropsychological assessment.  She serves in leadership positions within several local and national organizations, with a focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion in the field.  


Learning Objectives:  This talk will help you:

  1. Describe global and national changes in the linguistic diversity of populations that neuropsychologists evaluate. 
  2. Apply Bronfenbrenner’s ecological system perspective to identify systemic barriers for non-native English speakers (NNES).  
  3. Use an advocacy-oriented framework to discuss practical solutions to embrace ethnolinguistic diversity across multiple system levels.


Bronfenbrenner, U. (1977). Toward an experimental ecology of human development. American Psychologist, 32, 513-531

Díaz-Santos, M., Anderson, K., Miranda, M., Wong, C., Yañez, J. & Irani, F. (2022). Stepping into action: The role of neuropsychologists in social justice advocacy. In F. Irani (Ed.), Cultural diversity in neuropsychological assessment: Developing understanding through global case studies (pp. 63-78). Oxfordshire, UK: Routledge.

Elbulok-Charcape, M., Rabin, L., Spadaccini , A., & Barr, B. (2014). Trends in the neuropsychological assessment of ethnic/racial minorities: A survey of clinical neuropsychologists in the United States and Canada. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 20, 353-361.


Financial Disclosure: Dr. Irani receives royalties for: Irani, F. (2022). Cultural Diversity in Neuropsychological Assessment: Developing Understanding through Global Case Studies. Oxfordshire, UK: Routledge


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