Dr Maryam Farahani PhD, MA (Literature), BA (Literature & Linguistics), MSc (Psychology), MA (Education Leadership & Management), MBPsS, EIP & AOD Accredited

Research Associate Psychology


Personal Statement

I am a cross-disciplinary scholar and work as an Organisational Development Manager in a highly-skilled consultancy team at MFT, currently leading on team development across the Trust and Executive Leadership Academy content and courses. I enjoy work and research across our wonderful NHS and Higher Education and I am continuously inspired and humbled by my colleagues on academic and healthcare fronts. I am so proud working alongside colleagues whose daily efforts are ever so colourful with a rainbow of kindness, hope, resilience, perseverance, passion, quality, care, dedication in addition to specialism, despite the difficulties of the pandemic; a time when every day of my life has been a challenge but a hopeful one, witnessing kindness in action.

Up until my mid thirties, I continuously read languages, literature, linguistics, calligraphy, history, philosophy, education, and psychology. I am passionately interested in the concept of “learning” from a “multimedial stance”. In recent years, I am more involved in work across healthcare management and narratology, contributing to a number of co-edited book projects which have been in the making for several years now. Practical experience of working in NHS England management teams has meant that, in addition to my academic research, I am constantly reading about policies surrounding patient and community care. While strictly focused methodological teaching and learning is of significant importance in humanities, I find multi-speciality and narrative-based approaches equally fascinating and often more effective in my work.

My core literary research speciality is verse narratives of C19th to C21st writers. I also have research interests in healthcare and medical histories as well as narratives of the Romantic period informed by philosophical debates around diseases and conceptions of beauty. I have secondary interest in prose, particularly works concerned with compositionality from an auto/biographical and/or reconstructive-fictive standpoint. I continue to pursue my interests particularly in philosophy, cognition, and complex narratology with a focus on how content, structure, and practice are informed by wider socio-historical factors.

Being a polyglot with multi-field accreditation and cross-disciplinary expertise, I allocate much of my time to a diversified collection of books/journals at any given time, often reading up to 70-100 books in different languages and cultural domains in a year - never more. I particularly welcome high calibre collaborative book projects in our book series with diversified approaches and focused research methodologies re literature, history, psychology, and healthcare.

Other Personal Distinctions

  • Formal peer reviewer for Anthem Press (Publisher invitation , 2019)