Irwin Ford Rosenfarb, Ph.D. is a Professor in the San Diego Clinical Psychology PhD Program at the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) of Alliant International University. Dr. Rosenfarb received his B.A. (with High Honors) from Stony Brook University and his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina - Greensboro. He also completed an APA-Accredited clinical psychology internship in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. Prior to coming to Alliant, he was a Post Doctoral Scholar in the Clinical Research Center for the Study of Schizophrenia at the University of California, Los Angeles, an Assistant Professor at Auburn University in Auburn, AL, a staff psychologist at Veteran's Administration Medical Center in Charleston, SC, a Research Psychologist at the Veteran's Administration Medical Center in Brentwood, CA, and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego.
He has served as a Principal Investigator on a National Institute of Mental Health research grant and has served on the San Diego County Mental Health Board as well as on the San Diego Psychological Association Board of Directors.
Expressed emotion; family dynamics; trauma; attachment; schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression.
Post-Doctoral Scholar, Clinical Research Center for the Study of Schizophrenia, University of California, Los Angeles
PhD, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Psychology Intern, University of Washington School of Medicine
BA, State University of New York at Stony Brook
Maitino, A.A., Rosenfarb, I.F., Glaser, D.N., & Keller, M.C. (submitted). An evolutionary
investigation of depressed mood: The relationship between stressful life events and patterns of depressive symptoms.
Sharma, R., Rosenfarb, I.F., & Bhavsar, V. (submitted). First episode of psychosis in Guam:
The role of ethnicity and neighborhood factors.
Juan, MC. & Rosenfarb, I.F. (submitted). Psychosocial stress, social support, and the escalation
of schizotypal symptoms in Latino and White individuals.
Rosenfarb, I.F. & Leseur, C. (in preparation). Effects of child and adult trauma on post-
traumatic stress disorder and psychosis in adults with severe mental illness.
Foster, E., Cardinelli, J., Chand, R., & Rosenfarb, I.F. (in preparation). Effects of COVID-
19 on post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms and grief among mental health clinicians.
Teles, M., Callan, J., Rosenfarb, I.F., & Judd, P. (2020, March). Attachment, emotion
regulation, and substance use among substance using adults. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychology, New York.
- Winner, 2020 American Psychoanalytic Association Outstanding poster award
Rosenfarb, I.F. (2020, November). Discussant. In D. Lopez (Chair), Cultural and
Contextual Factors Affecting Individuals with Schizophrenia-Spectrum Disorders Across the Illness Trajectory. Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (conference held virually).
Gurak, K., Maura, J., Weisman de Mamani, A., Martinez de Andino, A., & Rosenfarb, I.F. (2018). Racial and ethnic diagnostic patterns in schizophrenia spectrum disorders. Chapter to appear in C. Frisby & W. O'Donohue (Eds.), Cultural Competence in Applied Psychology: Theory, Research, Practice, and Evaluation. New York: Springer Publications.
Abel, S.L.M., Rosenfarb, I.F., Mausbach, B.T., & Cardenas, V. (2017). Enhancing the
Functional Adaptation Skills Training (FAST) Treatment for Individuals with Schizophrenia: A Treatment Comparison Study. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 43 (suppl 1), S51. doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/schbul/sbx021.133 (abstract).
Rosenfarb, I.F., Triana, S., Nuechterlein, K.H., Ventura, J., & Breitborde, N.J.K. (2016).
Expressed emotion and the escalation of depressive symptoms in individuals with recent-onset schizophrenia. Early Intervention in Psychiatry. doi: 10.1111/eip.12307.
Rosenfarb, I.F. (2016). Are people with bipolar disorder merely eccentric?: A review of the
movie, Infinitely bipolar bear. PsycCRITIQUES. 61(23). doi: dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0040337.
Rosenberg, M., & Rosenfarb, I.S. (2015). Schizophrenia and creativity. Schizophrenia Bulletin,
41 (suppl 1), S61. doi:10.1093/schbul/sbv010 (abstract).
Rosenfarb, I.S. (2014). Psychosocial risk factors for the development of schizophrenia. San
Diego Psychologist, 29 (1), 1, 7-10.
- lead article begins on page one.
Rosenfarb, I. (2014). Is depression an adaptation? [Review of the book The Depths: The Evolutionary Origins of the Depression Epidemic by Jonathan Rottenberg]. PsycCRITIQUES, 59(44). doi: 10.1037/a0038233.
Rosenfarb, I.S. (2013). A functional analysis of schizophrenia. Psychological Record, 63, 1-18. - issue's lead article.
Rosenfarb, I. (2012). Does the DSM need another axis? [Review of the book Strengthening the DSM: Incorporating resilience and cultural competence, by B. Garcia and A. Petrovich]. PsycCRITIQUES, 57(2). doi: 10.1037/a0026686.
Rosenfarb, I.S. (2012). The irony of masked depression. [A review of the video Men and Depression, 2011]. PsycCRITIQUES, 57(38). doi: 10.1037/a0029270
Juan, M.A., & Rosenfarb, I.S. (2011). Psychosocial stress, social support, and the escalation of schizotypal symptoms in Latino and White individuals. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 37 (Suppl.1), 269 (abstract).
Sharma-Gopinath, R., & Rosenfarb, I. (2011). An ecological study of psychotic disorders in Guam: Exploring social risk factors. Schizophrenia Bulletin,37 (Suppl.1), 61 (abstract).
Rosenfarb, I.S. (2010). Functional analytic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. In J.W. Kanter, M. Tsai & R.J. Kohlenberg (Eds.), The Practice of Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (pp. 83-96). New York: Springer Press.
Rosenfarb, I.S., Borghei, S., Mullane, A.A., & Ventura, J. (2009). Increasing cohesion and quality of life among residents living in a board and care environment. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 35 (Supp 1), 304. (abstract).
Smerud, P.E., & Rosenfarb, I.S. (2008). The therapeutic alliance and family psychoeducation in the treatment of schizophrenia: An exploratory prospective change-process study. Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology, 76, 505-510.b- reprinted as Smerud, P.E., & Rosenfarb, I.S. (2011). The therapeutic alliance and family psychoeducation in the treatment of schizophrenia: An exploratory prospective change-process study. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, 1(S), 85-91.
Smerud, P.E., Rosenfarb, I.S., & Friedlander, M.L. (2007). Alliances and family psychoeducation: A prospective change-process study. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 33, 605-606. (abstract)
Rosenfarb, I.S., & Juan, M.A. (2006). Schizotypal personality disorder. In J.E. Fisher & W. O'Donahue (Eds)., Practitioner's guide to evidence based psychotherapy (pp. 592-598). New York: Springer Publications.
Rosenfarb, I.S., Bellack, A.S., & Aziz, N. (2006). Family interactions and the course of schizophrenia in African-American and White patients. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 115, 112-120.
Rosenfarb, I.S., Bellack, A.S., & Aziz, N. (2006). A sociocultural stress, appraisal, and coping model of subjective burden and family attitudes toward patients with schizophrenia. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 115, 157-163.
Rosenfarb, I.S., Bellack, A.S., Aziz, N., Kratz, K.M. & Sayers, S.L. (2004), family transactions, and patient stabilization in schizophrenia. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 113, 109-115.
Rosenfarb, I.S., Miklowitz, D.J., Goldstein, M.J., Harmon, L.H., Nuechterlein, K.H., & Rea, M.M. (2001). Family transactions and relapse in bipolar disorder. Family Process, 40, 5-14.- abstracted in Clinician's Research Digest
Rosenfarb, I.S., Nuechterlein, K.H., Goldstein, M.J., & Subotnik, K.L. (2000). Neurocognitive vulnerability, interpersonal criticism, and the emergence of unusual thinking by patients with schizophrenia during family transactions. Archives of General Psychiatry, 57, 1174-1179.
Rosenfarb, I.S., Becker, J., Khan, A., & Mintz, J. (1998). Dependency and self-criticism in bipolar and unipolar depressed women. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 37, 409-414.
Goldstein, M.J., Rosenfarb, I.S., Woo, S., & Nuechterlein, K.H. (1997). Transactional processes which can function as risk or protective factors in the family treatment of schizophrenia. In H.D. Brenner, W. Boker, & R. Genner (Eds.), Towards a comprehensive therapy for schizophrenia (pp. 147-157). Gottingen: Hogrefe & Huber.
Rosenfarb, I.S., Goldstein, M.J., Mintz, J., & Nuechterlein, K.H. (1995). Expressed emotion and subclinical psychopathology observable within the transactions between schizophrenic patients and their family members. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 104, 259-267.- abstracted in Clinician's Research Digest
Rosenfarb, I.S., Becker, J., & Khan, A. (1994). Perceptions of parental and peer attachments by bipolar and unipolar depressed women. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 103, 637-644.- abstracted in Clinician's Research Digest
Rosenfarb, I.S., Becker, J., Khan, A., & Mintz, J. (1994). Dependency, self-criticism, and perceptions of socialization experiences. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 103, 669-675.
Rosenfarb, I.S., Burker, E.J., Morris, S.M., & Cush, D. (1993). Effects of changing contingencies on the behavior of depressed and non-depressed individuals. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 102, 642-646.
Rosenfarb, I.S. & Aron, J. (1992). The self-protective function of depressive affect and cognition. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 11, 323-335.
Rosenfarb, I.S., Newland, M.C., Brannon, S.E., & Howey, D.S. (1992). Effects of self-generated rules on the development of schedule-controlled behavior. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 58, 107?121