Ashford University Leadership
Dr. Iris Lafferty
Interim Executive Dean - College of Doctoral Studies
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. Reporting to Dr. Laura Palmer Noone, as Associate Vice President, Academic Services and Interim Executive Dean of the College of Doctoral Studies, she enjoys serving as a liaison representing Ashford University and its students, faculty and staff to ensure quality learning services, product management, marketing, accreditation efforts, and other program-related regulatory services. 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 a master’s degree in Counseling, a second master’s in Technology in Education, and a doctorate in Human Development & Psychology. 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. She is happily married and mom to two college students.