Iris Lafferty, EdD
College of Education
A native San Diegan, Dr. Iris Lafferty is a fourth-generation educator who has grown up with what she describes as a very epic and heroic perspective of the value of teaching and educating. “I believe teachers have this crazy potential to positively influence and change lives.” As a full-time faculty member and Chair of the Cognitive Studies and Instructional Design programs at Ashford University, she enjoys working with the faculty and staff in the College of Education, who she calls “a dream team of very intelligent, innovative, and caring professionals…and they’re super funny!” Dr. Lafferty received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from UC San Diego and, motivated to study issues surrounding thinking, education, and psychology further, she pursued graduate work at Harvard University. There she earned two Master’s degrees and a Doctorate in Education. She has worked as a researcher, consultant to government agencies, and as lecturer at local colleges and universities. Her favorite positions include research work with the US Navy, the Education Development Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Harvard’s Project Zero. Dr. Lafferty encourages students to work hard, fall in love with learning, be a positive role model for those around you, focus on their goals, and enjoy the process!” She is happily married and mom to two girls.