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Afarin Rajaei

Afarin Rajaei

Dr. Rajaei has a Ph.D. in medical family therapy from East Carolina University. She is licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in CA, NC, and is an AAMFT Clinical Fellow, and Approved Supervisor. She is specifically trained in couples therapy and has vast experience in working with couples nationally and internationally. Dr. Rajaei has studied couples dealing with cancer and works with them clinically.

Professional Interests

Biopsychosocial-spiritual (BPSS) stressors in conflicted intimate relationships, Romantic relationship quality, Family therapy, diversity, and social injustice issues, Equity in healthcare systems, Medical Family Therapy


Preferred Research Methodologies: Qualitative and Quantitative

Education and Certifications

Ph.D., East Carolina University

Diversity and Family Therapy
Individual and Family Life Cycle
Theory II
MFT Assessment
Group Therapy
Chemical Dependency
Introduction to Medical Family Therapy
Scholarship and Contributions to the Field

Rajaei, A., Sahebi, B. (2021). Re-Visioning Immigrant Couple Therapy: Immigrant Couples in the United States and Telebehavioral Health. Journal of Family Therapy. DOI: 10.1177/10664807211000070


Rajaei, A., Nasrollahi Shahri, M. N., Jensen, F. J., (2021). The Lived Experience of Iranian Student Immigrants in the U.S.: A Narrative Analysis Study. New Diversities Journal.


Rajaei, A., Brimhall, A., Jensen, F.J., Schwartz, A., Torres, E.T. (2020). Striving to Thrive: A Qualitative Study on Fostering a Relational Perspective Through Narrative Therapy in Couples Facing Cancer. American Family Therapy Journal. DOI: 10.1080/01926187.2020.1820402


Rajaei, A., & Jensen, J. F. (2020). Empowering patients in integrated behavioral health-care settings: A narrative approach to medical family therapy. The Family Journal, 28(1), 48-55. doi:10.1177/1066480719893958


Hertlein, K. M & Rajaei, A. (2019). Technology’s Role in Sexual Relationships: Impediments and Solutions. Hertlein, K. M., Gambescia, N., Weeks, G. R., (Eds.). Systemic Sex Therapy. Sexuality and technology chapter (pp. 257-272). New York: Routledge.