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Nusha AskariNusha Askari, Ph.D.

Professor, Clinical Psychology and Gerontology

Dr. Nusha Askari is Professor Clinical Psychology and Gerontology at Notre Dame de Namur University. She specializes in teaching the research trilogy in all programs in the department: Research Methodology, Research Proposal, and Thesis Completion, leading to the Thesis degree requirements in the Master’s degree programs in Clinical Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Marital and Family Therapy, and Clinical Gerontology degrees. She also co-teaches forensic Science with her friend and colleague, Dr. Isabelle Haithcox in the Natural Sciences department to undergraduates at NDNU. Her specializations and training include expertise in the following fields: neuropsychology, cognitive neuroscience, neuropsychiatry, psycholinguistics, forensic psychology, neurophysiology, and geropsychiatry, with special emphasis on language and memory function across the lifespan. She has also served as a research consultant at Stanford University and at Lucille Packard Hospital, where she has conducted studies in psychopharmacology and neuropsychology, as well as research on cognition and aging, with special emphasis on dysfunctional and functional aging as related to the neurophysiology of the brain and psychological impact. Her specialization and postdoctoral studies encompassed work in clinical research, inclusive of aphasia, depression, schizophrenia, with special emphasis and expertise on the neurocognitive and neuropsychological components of Alzheimer’s Disease, as well as cognitive function in children. For a number of years, Dr. Askari has also been involved in training and coaching in organization psychology as well, given her specialization in Organization Psychology from Claremont Graduate University, where she obtained her Doctorate degree in Cognitive Psychology. She maintains Chair status of the San Mateo Chapter of the World Affairs Council, stemming from her international interests and interests in cultural diversity and multilinguality, as well as her social justice and world peace philosophy, consistent with the Mission of Notre Dame de Namur University. Dr. Askari has numerous publications in APA peer-reviewed journals in the areas of Neuropsychology, Neurophysiology, Gerontology, with special emphasis on Normal and Dysfunctional memory and language across the lifespan.  Many of these publications were in collaboration with peers and colleagues from Pomona College, Claremont, and Stanford University.  Dr. Askari has also reviewed articles and chapters for various Psychology publications, and is working toward her long-term goal of writing a book.  She continues to maintain active research interest and involvement in  the neuropsychology and neurophysiology of the brain across the lifespan.  She is the Advisor for the MSCPG Department Student Association at NDNU.  She is also the Advisor for the Psi Chi International Honor Society, NDNU Chapter, and has served as a Grand Awards and Psi Chi judge at the INTEL ISEF conference for the past 3 years.

Education History

  • Ph.D., Cognitive Psychology. Claremont University, Claremont, CA.
  • MA, Experimental Psychology. California State University, Northridge.
  • BA, Psychology. University of California, Los Angeles.

Courses Taught

  • Undergraduate
    • Forensic Science
    • Biopsychology
    • Introduction to Psychology
    • Research Methods
    • Language and Memory
    • Aging
    • Cognitive Psychology
    • Neurophysiology
    • Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Graduate
    • Research Methodology
    • Clinical Assessment in Gerontology
    • Thesis Proposal
    • Thesis Completion
    • Psychopharmacology and Neurophysiology (AT and MSCPG Depts)