Dr. Ali A. Weinstein is an Associate Professor of Global and Community Health (GCH), the Interim Director of the Center for Study of Chronic Illness and Disability (CCID), and the Graduate Programs Coordinator for GCH. She has extensive experience conducting human biobehavioral experiments in the laboratory and field, conducts survey research, as well as a small research portfolio of qualitative research.
Dr. Weinstein holds a PhD and Master's degree in Medical Psychology from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, received in 2007 and 2004 respectively. She also graduated with a Master's in Kinesiology (concentration in Sport and Exercise Psychology) from the University of Maryland in 2001, and a Bachelor's in Psychology (minor: Health Care and Society) from Lafayette College in 1999.
Dr. Weinstein's research has focused on important contributors to health and recovery from illness and trauma within the broad context of medical psychology: depression, stress, and physical activity/exercise. She pursues experiments to elucidate mechanisms of bi-directional relationships between physical and mental health. Fatigue is a special area of interest for Dr. Weinstein, since fatigue is reported to be one of the most distressing symptoms experienced by the general population, as well as individuals with chronic illness and disability. Her future plans include the development of a sensitive, specific, and robust measure of fatigue.
Dr. Weinstein is also passionate about teaching. She believes it is vital for researchers to bring their skills and passion for theory and experimentation into the classroom. Students should be encouraged to ask questions, to probe the bounds of the theories presented, and especially to question the evidence that it rests on. Education at all levels should not simply be about learning a specific set of facts, but also learning how to learn: how to think critically, how to synthesize and integrate information across multiple disciplines, and how to approach any topic adroitly.
- PhD, Medical Psychology, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, 2007
- MS, Medical Psychology, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, 2004
- MA, Kinesiology, University of Maryland, 2001
- BS, Psychology, Lafayette College, 1999