Dr. Pamela Rakhshan Rouhakhtar

Assistant Professor 






Contact Information:

Email:      Rakhshp1@umbc.edu

Office:      Math/Psych 325

Phone:    410-455-3705

Fax:           n/a

Lab:          Sondheim 402


PhD – University of Maryland, Baltimore County (2021)


Dr. Rakhshan Rouhakhtar’s Website

Fall 2023 Office Hours:

6:45 PM – 7:30 PM
6:45 PM – 7:30 PM

Area of Study:

Clinical Psychology

Research Interests:

Dr. Rakhshan Rouhakhtar’s research interests include
validation and development of psychosis spectrum
assessments, application of advanced quantitative
methods in the study of early psychosis assessment, and
studying the role of cultural and contextual factors –
particularly race – in our understanding of the psychosis
construct, as well as illness presentation, course, and

Courses Taught:

Research Methods in Psychology (PSYC 311)

Schizophrenia (PSYC 455)

Developmental Psychopathology (607)

Graduate Research and Training Opportunities:

See “Accepting Graduate Students” page

Undergraduate Research and Training Opportunities:

YES, Undergraduate opportunities available.

Dr. Rakhshan Rouhakhtar’s lab provides undergraduate
students with the opportunity to take part in clinically-
oriented research projects focused on early identification
of and intervention for psychosis-spectrum symptoms.

Graduate Program Affiliation(s):

Human Services Psychology

Selected Publications:

Smith, M., Rakhshan Rouhakhtar, P. & Schiffman, J. (in
press). Ensuring Healthy Development for All Youth:
Prevention of Psychosis. In M. Teasley, M. Spencer & M.
Bartholomew (Eds.), Racism and the Grand Challenges for
the Social Work Profession. Oxford, United Kingdom:
Oxford University Press.

Rakhshan Rouhakhtar, P., Roemer, C., Reeves, G., &
Schiffman, J. (2021). The associations between attenuated
psychosis symptoms and functioning in Black and White
youth at clinical high-risk for psychosis. Schizophrenia
Research, doi: 10.1016/j.schres.2021.11.032
Petti, E., Klaunig, M.J., Smith, M.E., Bridgwater, M.A.,
Roemer, C., Andorko, N.D., Chibani, D., DeLuca, J. S., Pitts,
S.C., Schiffman, J., & Rakhshan Rouhakhtar, P. (2021).

Mental health care utilization in individuals with high
levels of psychosis-like experiences: Associations with race
and potentially traumatic events. Cultural Diversity and
Ethnic Minority Psychology.

Phalen, P., Millman, Z., Rakhshan Rouhakhtar, P., Andorko,
N., Reeves, G., & Schiffman, J. (2021). Categorical versus
dimensional models of early psychosis. Early Intervention
in Psychiatry, doi: 10.1111/eip.13128.

Rakhshan Rouhakhtar, P., & Schiffman, J. (2020).
Community Rehabilitation for Youth with Psychosis
Spectrum Disorders. Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am,
29(1), 225-239. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chc.2019.08.012.

Rakhshan Rouhakhtar, P., Pitts, C. S., & Schiffman, J.
(2019). Associations between Race, Discrimination,
Community Violence, Traumatic Life Events, and Psychosis-
Like Experiences in a Sample of College Students. Journal
of Clinical Medicine, 8(10).

Millman, Z.B., Rakhshan Rouhakhtar, P., DeVylder, J.E.,
Smith, M.E., Phalen, P.L., Woods, S.W., Walsh, B.C.,
Parham, B., Reeves, G.M., & Schiffman, J. (2019). Evidence
for Differential Predictive Performance of the Prime
Screen Between Black and White Help Seeking Youths.
Psychiatr Serv, 70(10), 907-914.

Rakhshan Rouhakhtar, P., Pitts, S.C., Millman, Z.B.,
Andorko, N.D., Redman, S., Wilson, C., Demro, C., Phalen,
P.L., Walsh, B., Woods, S., Reeves, G.M., & Schiffman, J.
(2019). The impact of age on the validity of psychosis-risk
screening in a sample of help-seeking youth. Psychiatry
Research, 274, 30-35.


Rakhshan Rouhakhtar