Nehzat Farnoody, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a Specialty in Cross-Cultural Psychology. Dr. Farnoody received her undergraduate degree, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Iran. In 1969 she was accepted in to the Masters program in Clinical Psychology at Kansas University and immigrated to United States with her family.
Dr. Farnoody has provided over 20 years of community service here in Los Angeles, in an effort to raise awareness on Mental Health, and has hosted several Media Literacy programs in helping families cope with cross-cultural conflicts. From 1989 to 1992 Dr. Farnoody hosted the first Iranian-American Radio and TV program on psychological topics related to the needs of the Iranian-American community. From 1995 to 2001 she hosted several Radio and TV psychology media literacy programs and since 2002, has been the host of a popular satellite TV Talk Show called, “Inner Sight (Negahi be Daroon)” on American Farsi Network (www.AFNL.com) where she has an opportunity to reach out, educate, and raise awareness on Mental Health and psychological principles of parenting and healthy families for the Iranian-Americans, as well as the Iranians living in the global community.
Dr. Farnoody has presented at over 200 seminars, conferences, and lectures on psychological and sociocultural topic such as: Successful Relationships, Parenting, Healthy Families, Healthy Societies, The Psychology of Democracy, Psychology of Love, Emotional Intelligence and several other topic (see seminars). Since 1986 Dr. Farnoody has been guest lecturer to prestigious Universities such Brown University, UCLA, UC Berkeley, UCSD, John Hopkins University, and several others.
Dr.Nelly Toosome people define their life by their profession. Dr. Nelly’s profession is defined by her life…her personal experiences…her steps…her story. That story began in Kansas City, the first born child to Iranian parents, both educators who came to America to further advance their academic curriculum. It was an era of dual realities – the 70’s age of ‘Peace and Love’ and a time of heightening friction between the United States and Iran
The daughter of two scholars, psychologists and human rights activists during this historically pivotal time, ‘Nelly’ experienced first-hand, living with a complex bi-cultural identity, familiar to many first-generation immigrants. Her family having returned to Tehran just prior to the Iranian-Islamic Revolution, eight year old Nelly witnessed wide-eyed, the fall of the Shah and the tumultuous aftermath on her corner of the world and more importantly, its effect on those closest in her life. The traumatic ‘visual’ as a child and the impact of a second uprooted experience upon her family’s return to the U.S., ignited a fervent empathy for the suffering of others while also developing a life-long nurturing desire to understand and help heal underlying wounds between eastern and western ideologies
Dr. Nelly’s specialty focus areas include: Post traumatic Stress Disorder, Bereavement, Separation anxiety, attachment parenting, bi-cultural identity issues, abuse, depression and anxiety
Fluent in English and Farsi, Dr. Nelly is the host of ‘MomTalk L.A.’, and ‘Peace Learning Parenting’, both bi-lingual weekly-televised programs which air on Iranian outlet, TIN TV (www.afnl.com). She is a regularly-featured contributor for various prominent print and on-line periodicals, and is a sought-after speaker at conferences and seminars addressing Cultural Competency, Biculturalism, the Impact of Trauma, as well as Media Psychology. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, Iranian Psychological Association, Society of Behavioral Medicine, and International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
Nelly received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego and her Masters and Ph.D. from the University of Palo Alto, an APA Clinical Psychology Program and a renowned Stanford University Consortium
family-photoBorn into one era of ‘Peace and Love’, Dr. Nelly’s life has come full-circle as she seeks to pioneer another. As the most prevalent issues facing our nation are rooted in social, cultural, religious, and inner conflict, Nelly’s life is devoted to teaching and implementing the principles of Peace Learning Parenting as an essential societal foundation. She seeks to fulfill this purpose not only in her capacity as a child and family psychologist, but in her calling as an advocate, ambassador, and activist for compassion and peace around the world
As she finalizes work on her first book and Peace Learning Program guide for Parents and Pre-school educators, Dr. Nelly proudly juggles her role as wife and devoted mother of three small children. Her husband, Dr. Christopher Zahiri, himself a well-regarded orthopedic surgeon in Beverly Hills, is an avid supporter and partner in his wife’s Peace Learning mission
Dr. Nelly is an active volunteer for her children’s school and local communities, and in her “spare time”, relishes any opportunity for travel, skiing, tennis, or consulting on designs, children’s video games, and baby products. She currently resides and practices in Los Angeles, California