Tala Al Rousan

Title(s)Assistant Adjunct Professor, Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health & Human Longevity Science
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Address9500 Gilman Drive #
La Jolla CA 92093
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    Cairo University, Cairo, EgyptMD2011Medicine
    University of Iowa, Iowa City, IAMPH2015Epidemiology
    Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MAPostdoctoral2017Global Health
    UC San Francisco, San FranciscoPostdoctoral2018Brain Health- Equity

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    Dr. Tala Al-Rousan, MD, MPH, Assistant professor and founding faculty at the Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity and an affiliate faculty at the division of Geriatrics. She is an Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health (UCSF and Trinity College in Dublin) at the Rhodes Trust at Oxford University, UK. She brings to UC San Diego expertise in health equity and global health research focusing on marginalized populations. Dr. Al-Rousan has extensive expertise in designing and conducting epidemiological research in limited resource settings including mix-methods and multi-disciplinary study designs. Her previous research studied the impact of institutionalization on brain health, function, and disease outcomes in the criminal justice, refugee, ethnic minorities, mobile-home dwelling, frail older adults and other marginalized populations. Trained in medicine and epidemiology in Jordan, Egypt and the US, Dr. Al-Rousan’s ongoing research focuses on designing evidence-based programmatic interventions and health policies that reduce health disparities centering a human-rights approach and using innovative technologies to promote health and longevity. In San Diego, she is currently leading a hypertension self-management intervention study among Middle Eastern and East African refugees as well as multiple projects studying dementia and barriers to care among recently-resettled Syrian and Iraqi refugees, two of the fastest growing foreign-born populations in San Diego. Internationally, she is leading a study examining the impact of encampment on cognition in Jordan and Lebanon, and is part of a study assessing hypertension management in Peru, Malawi and Cameroon. Dr. Al-Rousan is a former Doctors Without Borders physician having served in Yemen and at the headquarters in Geneva, and a Bernard Lown Fellow at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. She is a recipient of multiple awards including the NIH K23 award, the senior Atlantic fellows award by the Atlantic Philanthropies, the American Journal of Public Health Award for Innovative Research in Aging. Dr. Al-Rousan serves as a consultant, key investigator and/or on the advisory boards of multiple agencies including the World Health Organization Commission on Migration, the Center for Life Course and Vulnerable Population Research at UC San Diego, Resolve to Save Lives Hypertension international program, the Global Brain Health Institute, the Jordanian Minister of Health, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and others. D. Al-Rousan is a current mentor to multiple students, postdocs and fellows and is available for mentorship with passion to mentor those from underrepresented backgrounds especially refugee, first-gen, LGBTQ and racial and ethnic minority students.

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    Correlates of cognitive perfromance among Syrian refugees in Jordan
    Alzheimer's Disease Association- Global Brain Health Institute Mar 1, 2021 - Mar 1, 2023
    Perceptions Towards Dementia Risk and Care Among Arab Refugees in San Diego
    AD-RCMAR Jan 1, 2021 - Jan 1, 2023
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    Hypertension Self-management in Refugees Living in San Diego
    NIH K23HL148530Jun 1, 2020 - May 31, 2025
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    1. Patients' perceptions of self-management of high blood pressure in three low- and middle-income countries: findings from the BPMONITOR study. Glob Health Epidemiol Genom. 2020; 5:e4. Al-Rousan T, Pesantes MA, Dadabhai S, Kandula NR, Huffman MD, Miranda JJ, Vidal-Perez R, Dzudie A, Anderson CAM. PMID: 32742666; PMCID: PMC7372177.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    2. A call to protect patients, correctional staff and healthcare professionals in jails and prisons during the COVID-19 pandemic. Health Justice. 2020 Jul 02; 8(1):17. Oladeru OT, Tran NT, Al-Rousan T, Williams B, Zaller N. PMID: 32617825; PMCID: PMC7331488.
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    3. Recent Partner Violence, Sexual Relationship Power, and STIs among Women Who Use Methamphetamine: Does Type of Sexual Partner Matter? J Urban Health. 2020 06; 97(3):387-394. Stockman JK, Hayashi HD, Barnes RFW, Al-Rousan T, Semple SS, Mittal M, Zians J, Patterson TL. PMID: 32232654; PMCID: PMC7305268.
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    4. Menopausal hormone therapy and the incidence of carpal tunnel syndrome in postmenopausal women: Findings from the Women's Health Initiative. PLoS One. 2018; 13(12):e0207509. Al-Rousan T, Sparks JA, Pettinger M, Chlebowski R, Manson JE, Kauntiz AM, Wallace R. PMID: 30513095; PMCID: PMC6279038.
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    5. Improving peace and well-being among Syrian refugee youth through a higher education initiative in Jordan. Med Confl Surviv. 2018 Sep; 34(3):185-200. Al-Rousan T, Fredricks K, Chaudhury S, Albezreh S, Alhokair A, Nelson BD. PMID: 30251887.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    6. Health needs and priorities of Syrian refugees in camps and urban settings in Jordan: perspectives of refugees and health care providers. East Mediterr Health J. 2018 Jun 10; 24(3):243-253. Al-Rousan T, Schwabkey Z, Jirmanus L, Nelson BD. PMID: 29908019.
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    7. Effect of low-cost interventions on the retention of knowledge and skills following Helping Babies Breathe training. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2018 Aug; 142(2):248-254. Cordova E, Al-Rousan T, Castillo-Angeles M, Aftab S, Nelson BD. PMID: 29687893.
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    8. Inside the nation's largest mental health institution: a prevalence study in a state prison system. BMC Public Health. 2017 04 20; 17(1):342. Al-Rousan T, Rubenstein L, Sieleni B, Deol H, Wallace RB. PMID: 28427371; PMCID: PMC5397789.
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    9. Effects of pollution on the geochemical properties of marine sediments across the fringing reef of Aqaba, Red Sea. Mar Pollut Bull. 2016 Sep 15; 110(1):546-554. Al-Rousan S, Al-Taani AA, Rashdan M. PMID: 27237037.
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    10. Preparedness for natural disasters among older US adults: a nationwide survey. Am J Public Health. 2015 Oct; 105 Suppl 4:S621-6, S614-20. Al-Rousan TM, Rubenstein LM, Wallace RB. PMID: 26313052; PMCID: PMC4561612.
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    11. Disability levels and correlates among older mobile home dwellers, an NHATS analysis. Disabil Health J. 2015 Jul; 8(3):363-71. Al-Rousan TM, Rubenstein LM, Wallace RB. PMID: 25766655; PMCID: PMC4770451.
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    12. Preparedness for natural disasters among older US adults: a nationwide survey. Am J Public Health. 2014 Mar; 104(3):506-11. Al-Rousan TM, Rubenstein LM, Wallace RB. PMID: 24432877; PMCID: PMC3953784.
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    13. Long-term efficacy of deferasirox in preventing cardiovascular complications in the iron-overloaded gerbil. J Cardiovasc Pharmacol Ther. 2012 Mar; 17(1):117-25. Al-Rousan RM, Manzoor K, Paturi S, Arvapalli RK, Laurino JP, Darnon L, Walker EM, Blough ER. PMID: 21593444.
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    14. Human bocavirus in Jordan: prevalence and clinical symptoms in hospitalised paediatric patients and molecular virus characterisation. Singapore Med J. 2011 May; 52(5):365-9. Al-Rousan HO, Meqdam MM, Alkhateeb A, Al-Shorman A, Qaisy LM, Al-Moqbel MS. PMID: 21633772.
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    15. Deferasirox protects against iron-induced hepatic injury in Mongolian gerbil. Transl Res. 2011 Jun; 157(6):368-77. Al-Rousan RM, Rice KM, Katta A, Laurino J, Walker EM, Wu M, Triest WE, Blough ER. PMID: 21575921.
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