Dr. Effie Miri,
Ph.D. in Psychology

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Dr. Miri was born and raised in Tehran Iran
She then lived and worked in New York City.
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About Dr. Effie Miri



Developmental Psychology Fordham University


Experimental Behavior Psychology Western Michigan University, Michigan


Majors: Psychology Minor: Mathematics Graduate with Honors Farah Pahlavi University Tehran, Iran.


Clinical training, psychotherapy and psychological assessment and testing (cognitive and personalities) at Rockland Psychiatric Hospital, The City College of City University of New York


Full-time faculty member at Farah Pahlavi University, Tehran, Iran for 9 years under supervision, her students worked at Vanak Orphanage Center with children from birth to 5 years old, on their psychological and emotional developmental needs.

Adjunct faculty at Fordham University, College of Mount St. Vincent and Pace university in New York: Teaching Developmental Psychology, Child Psychology, Introduction Psychology, Psychology of women, Statistics and Research Designs.

Worked full-time as a psychologist at FEGS Bronx Day Treatment/ Day Rehabilitation Center for 20 years, (renamed to UCP of NYC in 2015), providing psychological services.

Also worked part-time for 10 years at Catholic Guardian Society (CGS), as Behavior Intervention Specialist working with developmental disabilities.

Worked for 16 years as a psychotherapist at Bleuler Psychotherapy Center in New York provided Psychiatric Diagnostic Evaluations and psychotherapy, clinical interventions and writing treatment plans, working with a diverse population of multi-cultural and multi-lingual in an individual, group, family, and couple therapy settings treating the children, adolescents, and adults with Autism, ADHD, anxiety disorders, depression, Bi-polar, personality disorders. This work included coordination with the psychiatrists on the patients’ medication needs.

Dr. Miri's highly acclaimed book

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Effie Miri, Ph. D., a mother, doctor in psychology, professor, Iranian native, American citizen, has completed her work “Iran, How a Culture Develops Pathology: The Pathology in Transition”: A gripping and potent work about life, love and reflection.

Published by New York City based Page Publishing, Dr. Miri’s mesmerizing autobiography is told as a reflection of the author’s personal experiences as she was forced early on to navigate two very different cultures on two very different continents. Her life experiences through this trying time as well as her later career as a psychotherapist, treating many Iranian Americans, compelled her to put her life on paper. Her goal: to provide the reader with a story-like page-turner that is also informative, designed to educate those who may have shared her wild journey.

The author chose this title for her book because through her personal and her patients’ experiences, she believes the Iranian culture, similar to any other culture, can breed fear, insecurity, self-doubt and even dishonesty in the people she lovingly describes as sharp, ambitious and hardworking. On the one hand, boys develop a sense of dominance, grandiosity, narcissism that in actuality has true undertones of ignorance. While on the other hand, girls face the risk of developing a sense of passivity, inferiority, anxiety, anger, and at times even paranoia.

The repercussions of this dichotomy she believes, are deep and create psychological pathology. The main intention of this book is by no means meant to be a religious or political commentary, but as Iranian people are in essence, religious, the conversation does include Islam. She argues, religion is beautiful, and Islam is no exception. But, the often-bastardized product of many past and present religious leaders, whose qualifications she questions, is ugly: the outcome, fear of God and His potential punitive consequences. Herein lies another source of pathology. She devotes a good deal of the book to enlighten readers both Iranian and otherwise, to the essence of the soft side of Islam to which general Muslims are often not exposed. From the Prophet Mohammad himself of Sufi mystics, the author focuses on spirituality rather than aggression, citing works of Hafez, Saadi, Mowlana Rumi, Baba Taher, and Shams Tabrizi who expressed the same approach of Sufism.

Let’s go back in time now to 1979 and to the years prior that lead to the Iranian revolution. The author’s argument is that in light of this cultural mentality, foreign countries found opportunity to meddle and assert their influence and personal goals. The Iranians themselves could not identify this cultural weakness and were not in touch with their own identity and took to the streets in demonstration supporting new religious leaders whom aggressively stoked the fires of anti-west propaganda and rhetoric that lead to a blaze of events. In the ashes, lay a country with a leader whom they did not even know; A leader, who would only again propagate this circle of pathology.

It is the intention of the author to help Iranians to learn about their psychology, to develop self-recognition and self-identity to become less confused. “My attention has been on the training and parenting issues throughout the book. I am always wondering and searching for solutions to help distraught and confused parents to help raise happier and healthier children for their bright future.”, says author, Dr. Miri

iOMRadio Interview

Aired Wednesday, 25 May 2016, 2:00 PM ET on iOM Radio heard by hundreds of thousands of people.

Iranian psychologist, Dr. Effie Miri, explains how Iranian culture can breed fear, insecurity, self-doubt and dishonesty in an otherwise sharp and hardworking people.

Services Dr. Effie Provides:

Liberty Resources; POST Program

This is an early intervention program working with children with developmental problems and providing counseling to the parents to help their children to reach their potentials.

Psychological Health Care, P.L.L.C., Syracuse New York

The work includes comprehensive mental health services covering a variety of mental health problems including Anxiety Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Child Behavior Disorder, Interfamilial Sexual and physical Abuse/Trauma, Personality Disorders, Depression, ADHD and Stress-Related Illnesses in individual, family, couple, and group settings.

Private Sessions

Dr. Miri also accepts private patients with appointments only (914-882-3131) where confidentiality is the priority. Effie’s services include population with broad range of race, ethnicity, ages and diagnoses.

Being fluent in Farsi, the primary language of Iranians, Dr. Effie helps her patients who are not fluent in English and speak mainly in Farsi. She provides group therapy helping the parents with their responsibilities dealing and helping their children with Autism, ADHD, or anxiety disorders.

Dr. Effie Miri's Approach

Dr. Miri's approach is the client centered psychotherapy where each client is examined as a unique individual with all the special physical, psychological, social, emotional characteristics developed within her/his individualized familial, parental, and cultural contexts.

The aim of therapy is to help the client discover all these characteristics in order to become empowered to attain personal goals of reaching a more productive, gratifying, fulfilling and internally self-satisfying life.

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Dr. Miri's journery through life has taken her from being born and raised in Tehran to working and living in New York City for the past 40 years.

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