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کادر هیات علمی پژوهشی


Hamed Ekhtiari, MD,
Neurocognitive Lab Director

Hamed Ekhtiari was born in 1978, obtained his biology diploma from Soroush High school in Tehran in 1996, and entered Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS) ranking 11th among more than 300,000 participants in Iran’s national university entrance exam in the same year. He achieved his Medical Doctorate degree from TUMS in 2004.
Dr. Ekhtiari started his research activities in cognitive sciences by carrying out studies on topics mainly related to “decision making” in 1999 in Institute for Cognitive Sciences Studies. He did his compulsory military services in the health department of Iran’s Police Force as a researcher on Drug Addiction and HIV/AIDS among vulnerable population from 2004 to 2005. In addition, he obtained a position as a researcher in Clinical Department of Iranian National Center for Addiction Studies (INCAS) affiliated to TUMS in 2004. In 2005, Dr Ekhtiari began a series of activities, which ultimately led to the establishment of a new Laboratory in INCAS under the name of Psychological Assessment Laboratory (Psycho Lab), later named Neurocognitive Laboratory (NCL) subsequent to adding Neuroimaging and Brain Stimulation divisions to it. He was the NCL Director till 2010. He pursued his education with participating in several courses and programs on neuroimaging, drug abuse prevention and treatment and brain stimulation in US, as well as different European countries. He moved back to ICSS in 2010 to start a new division as Translational Neuroscience Program (TNP) as a faculty member and program director. He is back to NCL from 2014 to follow his research projects on neurocognitive basis of addictive behaviors.
He is serving now in different academic positions including:
· Board Member, Iranian Society for Cognitive Science and Technologies
· Deputy Editor in Chief, Basic and Clinical Neuroscience (Peer Reviewed English Journal)
· Chairman, Persian Journal of Addiction Medicine (Persian Journal)
· Director, Education and Human Resources Department, Cognitive Science and Technologies Council of Iran
· Board Member, Institute for Psychology and Addiction Sciences (NGO)
· Deputy Scientific Secretary, Basic and Clinical Neuroscience Congress (National Annual Congress)
· Deputy Chairman, Addiction Science Congress (National Annual Congress)

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Assistant Professor Dr. E. Merghati-Khoei






Field of Interests

Health, Sexuality and Gender; Sexual Script Theory; High Risk Behaviors; Women, Addiction and Sexuality; Qualitative Research; Mixed Methodology

BSc (Midwifery) Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences.

MSc (Maternal & Child Health) Iran University of Medical Sciences.

PhD (Public Health & Community Medicine), Specialty (Sexology &Sexual Health Promotion),University of New South Wales, Australia

Fellowship (Women, Addiction & sexuality) Medical University of South Carolina, USA

Assistant Professor, Director of sexual health clinic, Iranian National Center of Addiction Studies (INCAS)

Director of Family & Sexual Health Division, Brian & Spinal Injury Research Center (BASIR); Tehran University of Medical Sciences

Biographical details

Dr. Merghati-Khoei is a sexual health promotion specialist with an interest in multidisciplinary sexology, the origins of sexual behaviors and management of sexual problems. She has developed community-based & culturally sensitive therapy packages for sexual problems in general population and sexual safety for at risk population. She has also developed training packages for "Training of Trainee", "Sexuality Education for Positive Parenting", and "Youth Sexual Health". She is currently the senior lecturer in the School of Public Health, TUMS and director of the sexual health Clinic in INCAS and director of Family & Sexual Health Division in BASIR at The Tehran University of Medical Sciences.

Selected grants


- - Gender Differences in the Prevalence and Predictors of Sexual Risk Behaviors in drug abusing population: Iranian Research Center for HIV/AIDS: Reduction Institution of Risk Behaviors, TUMS.

- - Qualitative Evaluation of Group Therapy in Addiction Contexts: Qualitative Inquiry; UNODC

- 2012

- - Exploring and development of a tool to examine young women's Sexual Risk Behaviors: Mixed Method; University of Tarbiatee Modarres

- - Exploring and development of a tool to examine the quality of health in Iranian Divorced women: Mixed Method; The school of public health, TUMS


- Effectiveness of PLISSIT Model on women's sexual problems: A Randomized Control Trial: The Isfahan University of Medical Sciences

- Construction of Youth risky sexual behaviors in Isfahan: Grounded Theory; The Isfahan University of Medical Sciences

- Exploring construction of sexual behaviors of couples with Unconsummated Marriage and development of diagnostic measures: Mixed Method; The Mashhad University of Medical Sciences


- Study of association between Intimate Partner Violence and sexual risk behaviors in drug using women: TUMS

- Study of sexual self-concept and marital criteria among youth: Explanatory Design, Mixed Method. The Isfahan University of Medical Sciences

- Exploring the construction of sexual behaviors of drug using women on MMT: Qualitative Inquiry: Iran University of Medical Sciences


Selected publications


- Children are Sexually Innocent”: Iranian Parents’ Understanding of Children’s Sexuality: Archive of Sexual Behvaior: December 2013

- Sexual problems among women with multiple sclerosis (2013): Journal of Neurological Sciences, 331 Download

- Iranian women's understandings of menopause and cultural scenarios (1392). Journal of School of Public Health and Institute of Public Health Research. Vol. 11, No. 1, Spring 2013 download

- How Does Divorce Affect Iranian Women's Sexual Well-Being? Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 54:5, 381-392 download

- Menopause Negatively Impacts Sexual Lives of Middle-Aged Iranian Women: A Cross-Sectional Study (2013). Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy

- How Do Women at Risk of HIV/AIDS in Iran Perceive Gender Norms and Gendered Power Relations in the Context of Safe Sex Negotiations? (2013). Archive of Sexual Behvaior 42:873–881 download

- Development, validity and reliability of sexual health measures for spinal cord injury patients in Iran. Int J Fertil Steril. (2013); 7(2): 82-87.

- Anti-Staphylococcal Activity of Zataria multiflora Boiss on Urinary Tract Staphylococcus aureus Infections: A Comparative Study. Research Journal of Biological Sciences; Apr(2011), Vol. 6 Issue 4, p187

- Relationship between delivery type and postpartum sexual activity (2010). Journal of Nursing & Midwifery. V20 No 68 download

- How do Iranian young people perceive sexual matters? Expertise Perspectives (2010). Journal of Sexual Medicine; 7(Sl2):105

- Sexual Satisfaction and its Relation to Marital Happiness in Iranians (2009). Iranian Journal of Public Health. V38 No4. PP 77-82 download


- Sharing beliefs: What sexuality means to Muslim Iranian women living in Australia (2008). Culture, Health & Sexuality: An International Journal for Research, Intervention and Care V.10, Issue 3,

- Concepts of sexuality and health among Iranian women in Australia (2008). Australian family physician; 37(3):190-2

- Prisons and Drugs: A global review of incarceration, drug use and drug services (2007).THE BECKLEY FOUNDATION DRUG POLICY PROGRAMME

Training Courses

- General Sexology for trainees (i.e Reproductive health specialist, Midwives, GPs, Gyn & Ob specialist, Urologists, Psychologists)

- Sexual counselling & therapy models for trainees (i.e Reproductive health specialist, Midwives, GPs, Gyn & Ob specialist, Urologists, Psychologists)

- Sexuality Education for Positive Parenting for parents and Caregivers

- Sexual safety Skill Training for the trainees and clinicians in addiction (GPs, Psychologist)