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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
  • Residency
  • 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.