Ali AFROOZ (Iran)
Dr. G. Ali Afrooz is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology, University of Tehran.
Dr. Afrooz graduated magna-cum-laude from the University of Tehran in February 1972. Having received a scholarship from the University of Tehran, he pursued his studies in the United States of America. By mid-March 1973 he received his master’s degree in Psychology and Education of Exceptional Children, summa-cum-laude, from Michigan State University. Later he was the first Iranian who earned his PhD, in this field from that Michigan State University. By 1978, he was back at the University of Tehran working as a faculty member.
He received his tenure as full professor in 1992. In 1994 he was voted as the distinguished professor among his colleagues in Iranian Universities. His efforts in preparing Tehran-Stanford-Benet Intelligence Test Scale resulted in receiving the International Khawrazmi Award in Science in 1995. In 1996 he was attained the distinction of Enduring Figure in the Iranian Psychology (The Everlasting People / Chehrehaye Mondegar). In 2007, the World Health Organization recognized his relentless research efforts on Children afflicted with Down syndrome and awarded him an International Prize with a medal of distinction.
Dr. Afrooz is also the first Iranian scholar who has been recognized as a Distinguished Professor from University of Tehran. To date, he has authored fifty-five books some of which having been translated into English, Arabic, and Urdu. He has also authored over 350 papers on the scientific and cultural aspects of psychology and education. He has actively participated in numerous National and International Conferences as keynote speaker. He is also member of various academic scientific societies both in Iran and Abroad.
Dr. Afrooz has also held several key executive positions since early 1980’s. These include directorship of National Gifted and Talented Organization of Iran, acting minister of education at the Iranian Parents and Teachers Organization, founder and president of the Special Education Organization of Iran, and the Chancellor of University of Tehran. For the last eight years, he has served as the Dean of Faculty of Psychology and Education at the University of Tehran and the President of Psychology and Counseling Organization of Islamic Republic of Iran. He is presently the President of Family Academyat the National Center for Islamic Iranian Development Model. Very recently, he was elected as a President of Asian Federation for Psychotherapy (AFP) Chapter of the World Council for Psychotherapy (WCP).