Hamaseh Kianfar has a doctoral degree in education with focus on Organization and Leadership, and a Master Degree in Counseling Psychology.
Hamaseh Kianfar has worked with HIV positive women and children providing integrated medical and psychosocial services to the infected. Using the interpretive approach and applied narrative identity theory, her researches in this field have focused on helping improve public policies and education programs related to HIV.
Her professional experience includes HIV outreach development, with focus on prevention and education to non-profit organizations in Thailand, Lao PDR and the Union of Myanmar. Hamaseh has also served as medical case manager, advocating and providing home-based medical and psychological case management for homeless women living with disabling HIV disease, in northern California.
As a Mental Health Specialist, Hamaseh Kianfar performed regular diagnostic court evaluations, worked with the families and public defenders of minors to ensure that the psychological needs of the minors are addressed. She has also worked as Mental Health Counselor and case management, Psychodiagnostic evaluations and group therapy for incarcerated from a wide variety of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds, in Bay Area.
Working with Humanitarian Organizations Hamaseh Kianfar has developed programs to advocate for human rights with focus on women and children’s rights, including Voices for Justice (http://ias.org/departments/vfj/), a global organization advocating for women and children’s rights. Worked with Women’s Wisdom Women in Action (http://ias.org/swo/) in creating forums for dialogue addressing women’s rights, developing domestic violence prevention project, and cross cultural research study. (http://ias.org/swo/swo-activities/) Hamaseh has also served as a member of the Building Bridges of Understanding committee (http://ias.org/buildingbridges/) inviting Shirin Ebadi, noble peace laureate, to Bay Area.
Hamaseh has participated in variety of humanitarian events and conferences including: the UN annual NGO/DPI, and the Millennium World Peace Summit in the United Nations (http://ias.org/swo/reports/); Women’s Wisdom, Women in Action (California), and more; and presented talks and engaged in panel discussion on variety of subjects Building Bridges of Understanding Series (http://ias.org/buildingbridges/servicereport/) panel presentation on moving beyond the stereotypes and prejudices of HIV-positive individuals; importance of forgiveness and imagination in accepting; Rhythm Within, presented by the Community Healing Center (California); Sufi Poetry and Music (http://ias.org/programs/poets-musicians-and-presenters-2012/), Parliament of the World’s Religions in Barcelona, Spain, and more
In addition, Hamaseh worked in a variety of university and community programs such as the Forgiveness Project at Stanford University; a research project on autism in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of California; Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Project; and more
Hamaseh Kianfar has written many articles, translated from Persian language, and conducted several researches including: Living Positively: Narratives from HIV positive women (http://hamasehkianfar.com), A Qualitative Study Examining HIV Antiretroviral Adherence Counseling and Support in Community Pharmacies (454 Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy JMCP July/August 2013 Vol. 19, No. 6), and more
She is bilingual (English and Persian) and have knowledge in French and Spanish.