Tala Al-Rousan, MD, MPH

Atlantic Fellow at GBHI
UCsf Memory and aging center
Professional Profile
Home Country: Jordan
Field of Employment: Global Health
Key Areas: aging, public health, disparities in health, epidemiology

Tala investigates social and public health issues related to equity in brain health. She is interested in understanding the aging process of the brain by doing research in resource-limited settings. She brings extensive experience designing epidemiological studies that address questions related to understanding and mitigating disparities among marginalized populations, especially older ones. She has focused on studying the general and neuropsychiatric health of prisoners, frail older adults, persons with disabilities, older women, racial minorities, immigrants and refugees.

The world’s refugee crisis is a public health crisis. A better understanding of the effects of forced migration on brain health can improve the lives of millions of displaced adults.

During her GBHI fellowship, she will expand these evaluations and research endeavors. She hopes to create a network of experts in brain health to reduce disease burden and use a public health lens to assess aging in the Middle East and North African region. She will investigate how the stress resulting from war and displacement affects rates of dementia in a group of refugees in the Middle East. Tala has an affiliation with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and relationships with different donors from the Middle East and other parts of the world who are interested in the plight of refugee health. She aspires to explore different extramural funding resources through collaborations created within and through GBHI. The interprofessional mentoring and collaborative environment at GBHI fosters her skills to translate the latest scientific research into social change.

Bio: Tala Al-Rousan received her master’s degree in public health from Iowa University and her medical degree from Cairo University. After completing a fellowship in global health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, she joined the Department of Global Public Health, University of California, San Diego as a postdoctoral fellow. She joined the Global Brain Health Institute as a fellow at the University of California, San Francisco in 2017. She is a recipient of two awards from the Aging section of the American Public Health Association.