About

Irene Hurford, MD.

Dr. Hurford graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Toronto, and received her MD from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. She was chief resident during her residency at UCLA, and completed a two year research fellowship in San Diego. Dr. Hurford was faculty at the University of Pennsylvania for ten years, and she continues to be volunteer clinical faculty in the department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Hurford was founder and clinical director of the Psychosis Education, Assessment, Care, and Empowerment (PEACE) program at Horizon House, Inc, which has become a leading First-Episode Psychosis (FEP) program across the United States.  She was the founder and director of HeadsUp at the University of Pennsylvania, where she led Pennsylvania-wide efforts at FEP services program evaluation, and programmatic training in FEP Coordinated Specialty Care service implementation and delivery. Dr. Hurford is the recipient of multiple awards, including the 2017 NAMI National Exemplary Psychiatrist award, and 2017 NAMI Montgomery PA Impact Award.  Dr. Hurford is interested in the power of narrative to transform lives, and the ability of therapy to understand and reshape a person's life story. 

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Qualifications

2020 - Present

Owner and Founder of Irene Hurford MD PLLC

Private practice psychiatry

2012-2014

Medical Team Leader, Severe Mental Illness Treatment Team, Philadelphia VA Medical Center

2009-2020

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania

2018-2020

Founder and Director, HeadsUp Pennsylvania (formerly Pennsylvania Early Intervention Center), University of Pennsylvania

2014-2020

Founder and Clinical Director, Psychosis Education, Assessment, Care, and Empowerment (PEACE) Program at Horizon House, Inc.

Qualifications

2020 - Present

Owner and Founder of Irene Hurford MD PLLC

Private practice psychiatry

2009-2020

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania

2018-2020

Founder and Director, HeadsUp Pennsylvania (formerly Pennsylvania Early Intervention Center), University of Pennsylvania

2014-2020

Founder and Clinical Director, Psychosis Education, Assessment, Care, and Empowerment (PEACE) Program at Horizon House, Inc.

2012-2014

Medical Team Leader, Severe Mental Illness Treatment Team, Philadelphia VA Medical Center

2008-2014

Psychiatrist, Philadelphia VA Medical Center

2006-2008

Research Fellow, San Diego VA Medical Center

2005-2006

Chief Resident, Department of Psychiatry, UCLA Medical Center

2002-2005

Resident, Department of Psychiatry, UCLA Medical Center