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Vancouver | Assistant Professor | Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.)

Amir A. Sepehry, Ph.D.



I teach courses in psychopharmacology, neuropsychology, research methods, and statistics. I use evidence-based problem-solving approaches to teaching, in order to foster critical thinking and facilitate the acquisition of lifelong learning in my students. My aim is to teach students to be savvy consumers of research and to encourage their development of evidence-informed research and practice.

As a professor, I find that I also learn from the unique perspectives of my students. As part of my teaching, I encourage students to actively produce research, present at conferences, and publish, when possible. In this way, I encourage students to become active and have an impact in their field of study.

My research interests lie in the intersection the multiple domains of clinical psychology, epidemiology, psychopharmacology, and neuropsychological assessment, and are focused on understanding the brain and behaviour relationship. Through the lens of meta-analysis, my work has examined research in Alzheimer’s disease, traumatic brain injury, and various psychiatric conditions. In addition, I have collaborated on research projects investigating the effect of psychotropic medications on primary symptoms and neurocognitive functioning. I am passionate about my research contribution, whether directly or via supervising graduate-level dissertations.

I can be reached by email at: [email protected].



  • Ph.D., Neuroscience, University of British Columbia
  • M.Sc., Biomedical Sciences: Psychiatric Sciences option, Université de Montréal
Professional Memberships

Professional Memberships

  • President, British Columbia Psychological Association (November 2022-)
  • Director Representing Council of Sections, Canadian Psychological Association (May 2022-2025)
  • Section Chair – Psychopharmacology, Canadian Psychological Association (May 2020-)
  • Member at Large – Clinical Neuropsychology, Canadian Psychological Association (May 2022-)
  • Associate Member, Sport Neuropsychology Society (2021-)
  • Professional Member, National Academy of Neuropsychology (2022-)
  • Affiliate Member, New York Neuropsychology Group (2021-)
  • Academic Affiliate, Academy of Medical Psychology (2021-)
Select Publications

Select Publications

  • Kim, D. J., Honig, A., Alimohammadi, A., Sepehry, A.A., Zhou, L.W., & Field, T.S. (2023). Recanalization and outcomes after cerebral venous thrombosis: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Research and Practice in Thrombosis and Haemostasis, 7(3), 1-12.
  • Hurwitz, T.A., Honey, C.R., & Sepehry, A.A. (2022). Ablation surgeries for treatment resistant depression: A meta-analysis and systematic review of reported case series. Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, 100 (5-6): 300-313.
  • Sepehry, A.A., Schultz, I. Z., Cohen, D.A., & Greer, S. (2022). From subjective cognitive decline to mild cognitive impairment to dementia: Clinical and capacity assessment considerations. Psychological Injury and Law
  • Fisher, R.N., Sepehry, A.A., Maglio, A.S., & Bluvshtein, M. (2022). Prevalence of resilience, risk and protective factors in foster care children and youth: A systematic and meta-analytic review, Journal of Individual Psychology
  • Ahmadi, R., Rahimi, S., Olfati, M., Javaheripour, N., Emamian, F., Ghadami, M.R., Khazaie, H., Zarei, M., Tahmasian, M., & Sepehry, A.A. (2022). Insomnia and post-traumatic stress disorder: A meta-analysis on interrelated association (n=57618) and prevalence (n=573665). Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
  • Sepehry, A.A., Lam, K., Sheppard, M., Guirguis-Younger, M., & Maglio, A.S. (2021). Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing for depression: A meta-analysis and systematic review. Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, 15(1), 2-17.
  • Cohen, D, Sepehry, A.A., & Schultz (2020). Forensic neuropsychological aspects of competency evaluation: Financial and legal competency in older adults. Psychological Injury and Law, 13,19-32.
Areas of Expertise and Academic Research Interests

Areas of Expertise and Academic Research Interests

  • Meta-analysis
  • Neuropsychology
  • Neuropsychiatry
  • Neuroimaging
  • Population of interest: Dementia spectrum, TBI, Comorbid neuropsychiatric conditions
Select Presentations

Select Presentations

  • Clinical psychopharmacology: Results of a national study. Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) conference, June 2023.
  • Highlighting Psyhanpse, the CPA Psychopharmacology section Newsletter. Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) conference, June 2023.
  • Prescriptive authority: What is next in Canada? Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) conference, June 2023.
  • Prescriptive authority initiatives in Canada and Beyond. Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) conference June 2023.
  • A Brief Discussion of Psychopharmacology for therapists, Ongwanada Kingstone internship consortium, December 2022.
  • A Brief Discussion of Psychopharmacology for Psychologists. BC Psychological Association, May 2022.
  • Psychopharmacology: A clinical overview. Toronto Neurofeedback & Psychotherapy Centre. January 2022.
Select Awards

Select Awards

  • EMDR Canada grant, EMDR Canada, 2021
  • Deans’ award for Outstanding Adjunct-Professor (teaching and supervision), Adler University, 2019

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