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I believe teachers have this crazy potential to positively influence and change lives.

Iris Lafferty, EdD

Associate Dean


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 Associate Dean at the College of Education, she enjoys working with the faculty and staff, whom 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.

See Dr. Lafferty discuss Ashford's Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Studies and Bachelor of Arts in Instructional Design programs.


Doctor of Education in Human Development and Psychology
Master of Education in Counseling Psychology
Master of Education in Technology in Education
Harvard University
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
University of California, San Diego

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