Pamela Rakhshan Rouhakhtar Ph.D.


Pamela Rakhshan Rouhakhtar, Ph.D.

Assistant Research Scientist

Contact Information:



Sondheim 403C






Sondheim 402


Dr. Rakhshan Rouhakhtar’s Website



PhD – University of Maryland, Baltimore County (2021)

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 treatment.

Courses Taught:

Schizophrenia (PSYC 455)

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.

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.

Dr. Rakhshan Rouhakhtar’s CV