Good Reads: The Favorite Books of St. John’s Faculty—Farah E. Khorassani, Pharm.D.

A good book is food for the mind and soul. In this recurring series, St. John’s faculty share some of the titles and authors on their “must read” lists that are sure to challenge, stimulate, and delight.

Farah Khorassani
March 23, 2020

Farah E. Khorassani, Pharm.D.
Assistant Professor, Assistant Clinical Professor
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

My favorite book
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan

My favorite author
Harper Lee

What is one book every St. John’s student should read?
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

At the moment, I am reading
The Worry Trick by David Carbonell, Ph.D.

The one thing that everyone needs to read
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz

I keep meaning to get around to reading
Becoming by Michelle Obama

I like to reread
The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

If I wrote a book about St. John’s, the first three chapters would be

  1. Teaching in a Melting Pot
  2. Unique New York
  3. Notes on Training Future Pharmacists

Hard Copy or eReader?

If I wrote a memoir, the title would be
Speak It into Existence

Is there a book that is essential for a successful pharmacy student to read? 
Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves

In conjunction with her responsibilities at St. John’s University, Dr. Khorassani is a Clinical Pharmacist in Psychiatry at Bellevue Hospital Center. There, she provides consultation to inpatient psychiatry units and educates sixth-year pharmacy students, medical students, and psychiatry residents. Her didactic teaching responsibilities on campus include teaching and coordinating in the neuropsychiatry module of the Drugs and Diseases course for fourth-year pharmacy students, and teaching fifth-year students in the Psychiatric Pharmacy elective. Dr. Khorassani also serves as the faculty advisor to the student psychiatric pharmacy organization on campus, the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists.