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Ali Weinstein, PhD

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Dr. Ali A. Weinstein is an Associate Professor of Global and Community Health (GCH) and the Director of the Center for Study of Chronic Illness and Disability (CCID). 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.

University Service

  • 2017 – 2018 Member, Learning Environments committee
  • 2016 – 2017 Member (elected by peers), search committee for Dean of College of Health and  Human Services
  • 2016 Member, Adjunct Teaching Excellence Award committee
  • 2015 – Present Member, Conflict of Interest committee
  • 2015 – 2016 Member, Faculty Learning Community on Well-Being
  • 2014 – Present Faculty advisor, MedX Global
  • 2013 Reviewer, Summer Research Funding Grants for tenure-track and tenured faculty
  • 2012 – 2013 Member, subcommittee on Presidential Scholar’s program (PhD scholarship program)
  • 2012 – 2016 Member, subcommittee on Faculty and Curricular activities, Quality Enhancement Program Leadership Council
  • 2011 – Present Member, University Scholars Selection committee (undergraduate scholarship program)
  • 2008 – 2011 Member, Medical Students Advisory committee

College and Department-Level Service

  • 2016 – 2017 Member, search committee for tenure/tenure-track position
  • 2016 – 2017 Member, search committee for Elizabeth Enochs endowed chair tenured position
  • 2015 – 2016 Chair, search committee for term MPH coordinator position
  • 2015 – 2016 Member, search committee for Instructional Designer specialist position
  • 2015 – 2016 Chair, College of Health and Human Services Faculty Council
  • 2014 – 2015 Member, College of Health and Human Services faculty development committee
  • 2014 – 2015 Chair, search committee for two tenure/tenure-track positions
  • 2014 Member, search committee for two term positions
  • 2013 – 2015 Faculty Advisor, Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health
  • 2013 – 2014 Member, search committee for two tenure-track positions
  • 2012 – 2013 Member, search committee for tenure-track position
  • 2011 – 2012 Member, search committee for two tenure-track positions
  • 2010 – 2011 Member, search committee for founding chair of Rehabilitation Science department
  • 2008 – Present Member, College of Health and Human Services curriculum committee
  • 2008 – 2010 Chair, College of Health and Human Services curriculum committee
  • 2007 Member, search committee for tenure-track position

International Service

  • 2017 Reviewer, Health and Behavioral International Collaborative Award
  • 2014 Reviewer, Dutch Arthritis Foundation Research Grant Program
  • 2012 Reviewer, British Heart Foundation Research Grant Program

National Service

  • 2017 – Present Chair, APA Division 38 Health Research Council
  • 2017 Reviewer, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Special Emphasis Panel (ZAA1 AA 02 1)
  • 2016 – Present Reviewer, American Psychological Foundation Visionary Grants
  • 2013 – 2017 Vice-Chair, APA Division 38 Health Research Council
  • 2011 – 2013 Secretary, APA Division 38 Health Research Council
  • 2011 – 2013 Member, APA Division 38 Early Career Professionals Council
  • 2009 – 2015 Member, American Psychosomatic Society Membership committee
  • 2007 – 2008 Member, APA Division 22 Program committee
  • 2005 – 2006 Co-Chair, Student Council of APA Division 38

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Research Interests

  • Fatigue 
  • Depression
  • Physical activity
  • Exercise
  • Stress reactivity
  • Chronic illness
  • Knowledge translation


* Indicates graduate or undergraduate student advisee

*Patel, D., *Koehmstedt, C., *Jones, R., *Coffey, N.T., Cai, C., Garfinkel, S., Shaewitz, D. & Weinstein, A.A. (in press). A qualitative study examining methods of accessing and identifying research relevant to clinical practice among rehabilitation clinicians. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare.

Weinstein, A.A., *Koehmstedt, C., & Kop, W.J. (2017). Mental health consequences of exercise withdrawal: A systematic review. General Hospital Psychiatry, 49, 11-18.

*Spataro, C., *Afdhal, S., Weinstein, A.A., Escheik, C., Austin, P., Brodie, K., Gerber, L., & Younossi, Z.M. (2017). Fatigue and Hepatitis C: A focus group study. Qualitative Research in Medicine & Healthcare, 1, 73-79.

Weinstein, A.A., Diao, G., Baghi, H., Escheik, C., Gerber, L.H. & Younossi, Z.M. (2017). Demonstration of two types of fatigue in subjects with Chronic Liver Disease using factor analysis. Quality of Life Research, 26(7), 1777-1784.

Ad, N., Damiano Jr., R. J., Badhwar, V., Calkins, H., La Meir, M., Nitta, T., Holmes, S.D., Weinstein, A.A. & Gillinov, M. (2017). Expert consensus guidelines: Examining surgical ablation for atrial fibrillation. The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, 153(6), 1330-1354.

Weinstein, A.A., Chin, L.M.K., Collins, J., *Goel, D., Keyser, R.E. & Chan, L. (2017). Effect of aerobic exercise training on mood in people with traumatic brain injury: A pilot study. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 32(3), E49-E56.

*Coffey, N.T., *Cassese, J., Cai, C., Garfinkel, S., *Patel, D., *Jones, R., Shaewitz, D. & Weinstein, A.A.. (2017). Identifying and understanding the health information experiences and preferences of caregivers of individuals with either traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, or burn injury: A qualitative investigation. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 19(5), e159(pages 1-10).

*Coffey, N.T., Weinstein, A.A., Cai, C., *Cassese, J., *Jones, R., Shaewitz, D, & Garfinkel, S. (2016). Identifying and understanding the health information experiences and preferences of individuals with TBI, SCI, and burn injuries. Journal of Patient Experience, 3(3), 88-95.

Gerber, L., Nava, A, Goel, D., Garfinkel, S., Weinstein, A.A. & Cai, C. (2016). A need for an augmented review when reviewing rehabilitation research. Disability and Health, 9(4), 559-566.

Parker, M.H., Campbell, S. & Weinstein, A.A. (2016). Upper extremity exercise in older breast cancer survivors: Benefits of dragon boat paddling. Current Geriatrics Reports, 5(3), 226-232.

Younossi, Z.M., Stepanova, M., Henry, L., Younossi, I., Weinstein, A.A., Nader, F., & Hunt, S. (2016). Association of work productivity with clinical and patient-reported factors in patients infected with Hepatitis C virus. Journal of Viral Hepatitis, 23(8), 623-630.

Gerber, L.H., Weinstein, A.A., Frankenfeld, C.L., & Huynh, M. (2016). Disability among veterans: Analysis of the National Survey of Veterans (1997-2001). Military Medicine, 181(3), 219-226.

Gerber, L.H., Estep, M., Stepanova, M. Escheik, C., Weinstein, A.A., & Younossi, Z.M. (2016). Effects of viral eradication with Ledipasvir/Sofosbuvir with or without Ribavirin, on measures of fatigue in patients with Chronic Hepatitis C virus infection. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, 14(1), 156-164.

*Younossi, I., Weinstein, A.A., Stepanova, M., Hunt, S., & Younossi, Z.M. (2016). Mental and emotional impairment in patients with Hepatitis C is related to lower work productivity. Psychosomatics, 57(1), 82-88.

Weinstein, A.A., Escheik, C., Oe, B., Price, J.K., Gerber, L.H., & Younossi, Z.M. (2016). Perceptions of effort during activity in patients with Chronic Hepatitis C and Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. PM&R, 8(1), 28-34.

Rogers, S., Richards, K.C., Davidson, M., Weinstein, A.A., & Trickey, A.W. (2015). Description of the moderate brain injured patient and predictors of discharge to rehabilitation. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 96(2), 276-282.

Mink, M., Lindley, L.L., & Weinstein, A.A. (2014). Stress, stigma, and sexual minority status: The intersectional ecology model of GLBTQ health. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 26(4), 502-521.

Loria, A., Doyle, K., Weinstein, A.A., Winter, P., Escheik, C., Price, J., Wang, L., Birerdinc, A., Baranova, A., Gerber, L., & Younossi, Z.M. (2014). Multiple factors predict physical performance in people with Chronic Liver Disease. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 93(6), 470-476.

Talbot, L.A., Metter, E.J., Fleg, J.L., Weinstein, A.A., & Frick, K.D. (2013). Cost effectiveness of two army physical fitness programs. Military Medicine, 178(12) 1353-1357.

Weinstein, A.A., *Termini, A., Kazman, J.B., Zeno, S.A., Abraham, P., & Deuster, P.A. (2013). Racial provocation induces cortisol responses in African-Americans. Open Journal of Medical Psychology, 2, 151-157.

Weinstein, A.A., Chin, L.M.K., Keyser, R.E., Kennedy, M., Nathan, S.D., Woolstenhulme, J., Connors, G. & Chan, L. (2013). Effect of aerobic exercise training on fatigue and physical activity in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension. Respiratory Medicine, 107, 778-784.

Chan, L., Chin, L.M.K., Kennedy, M., Woostenhulme, J., Nathan, S.D., Weinstein, A.A., Connors, G., Weir, N., Drinkard, B., Lamberti, J. & Keyser, R. (2013). Benefits of intensive treadmill exercise training on cardiorespiratory function and quality of life in patients with pulmonary hypertension. Chest, 143(2), 333-343.

Weinstein, A.A. (2012). Exercise as an intervention depends on both clinician and patient acceptance. Physical Therapy Reviews, 17(2), 136-137.

Weinstein, A.A., Abraham, P., Diao, G., Zeno, S.A., & Deuster, P.A. (2011). Relationship between depressive symptoms and cardiovascular disease risk factors in African American individuals. Depression Research and Treatment, Article ID 836542, 6 pages.

Talbot, L.A., Metter, E.J., Morrell, C.H., Frick, K.D., Weinstein, A.A., & Fleg, J.L. (2011). A pedometer-based intervention to improve physical activity, fitness and coronary heart disease risk in National Guard personnel. Military Medicine, 176(5), 592-600.

Weinstein, A.A., Kallman, J., Stepanova, M., *Poms, L.W., Fang, Y., Juhi, M., Fatema, N., & Younossi, Z.M. (2011). Depression in patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and chronic viral Hepatitis B and C. Psychosomatics, 52(2), 127-132.

Weinstein, A.A., Deuster, P.A., Francis, J.L., Bonsall, R.W., Tracy, R.P., & Kop, W.J. (2010). Neurohormonal and inflammatory hyper-responsiveness to acute mental stress in depression. Biological Psychology, 84(2), 228-234.

Weinstein, A.A., Deuster, P.A., Beadling, C., Francis, J.L., & Kop, W.J. (2010). The role of depression in short-term mood and fatigue responses to acute exercise. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 17(1), 51-57.

Francis, J.L, Weinstein, A.A., Krantz, D.S., Haigney, M., Stein, P.K., Gottdiener, J., & Kop, W.J. (2009). Association between symptoms of depression and anxiety with heart rate variability in patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators. Psychosomatic Medicine, 71(8), 821-827.

Deuster, P.A., Weinstein, A.A., Sobel, A., & Young, A.J. (2009). Warfighter nutrition: Advanced technologies and opportunities, report from a DoD workshop. Military Medicine, 174(7), 671-677.

Weinstein, A.A., Drinkard, B.M., Diao, G., Furst, G., Dale, J.K., Straus, S.E. & Gerber, L.H. (2009). Exploratory analysis of the relationships between aerobic capacity and self-reported fatigue in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, polymyositis, and chronic fatigue syndrome. PM&R, 1(7), 620-628.

Talbot, L.A., Weinstein, A.A., & Fleg, J.L. (2009). Army physical fitness test scores predict cardiovascular disease risk in Army national guard soldiers. Military Medicine, 174(3), 245-252.

Kop, W.J., Weinstein, A.A., Deuster, P.A., Whitaker, K., & Tracy, R.P. (2008). Inflammatory markers and negative mood symptoms following exercise withdrawal. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 22(8), 1190-1196.

Weinstein, A.A., Deuster, P.A., & Kop, W.J. (2007). Heart rate variability as a predictor of negative mood symptoms induced by exercise withdrawal. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 39(4), 735-741.

Berlin, A.A., Kop, W.J., & Deuster, P.A. (2006). Depressive mood symptoms and fatigue following exercise withdrawal: The potential role of decreased fitness. Psychosomatic Medicine, 68(2), 224-230.

Kop, W.J., Lyden, A., Berlin, A.A., Ambrose, K., Olsen, C., Gracely, R.H., Williams, D.A., & Clauw, D.J. (2005). Ambulatory monitoring of physical activity and symptoms in fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Arthritis and Rheumatism, 52(1), 296-303.

Berlin, A.A. (2004). Book review: Clinical Exercise Physiology. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 14(2), 161-162.

Book Chapters

Gerber, L.H. & Weinstein, A.A., (in press). Cancer-related fatigue. In M.D. Stubblefield & M. O’Dell (eds.). Cancer Rehabilitation: Principles and Practice of Cancer Rehabilitation (2nd ed). Demos Medical Publishing: New York, NY.

Gerber, L.H., Weinstein, A.A., & Pawloski, L. (2014). Role of exercise in optimizing the functional status of patients with Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. In Z.M. Younossi & N. Gitlin (eds.). Clinics in Liver Disease: The Impact of Obesity and Nutrition on Chronic Liver Diseases, 18(1), 113-127.

Weinstein, A.A., *Lydick, S.E., *Biswabharati, S. (2014). Exercise and its relationship to psychological health and well-being. In Gomes, R., Resende, R., & Albuquerque, A. (eds.). Positive Human Functioning from a Multidimensional Perspective, Volume 2: Promoting Healthy Lifestyles. Nova Science Publishers, Inc.: Hauppauge, NY, 147-166.

Kop, W.J., Weinstein, A.A. (2007). C-reactive protein. In Fink, G. (ed.). Encyclopedia of Stress (2nd ed). Academic Press: Oxford. 653-658.

Kop, W.J., Berlin, A.A., & Stretch, M. (2004). Coronary Heart Disease: Risk Factors and Biobehavioral Mechanisms. In Christensen, A.J., Martin, R., & Smythe, J.M. (eds.). Encyclopedia of Health Psychology. Kluwer/Plenum: New York. 70-74.


2017-2020 Principal Investigator: Clinical Research Education. Inova Health Care
Total direct costs: $90,000

2016-2021 Principal Investigator, Subcontract: American Institutes for Research (National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)) "Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center"
Total direct costs: ~$40,000

2014-2015 Co-Investigator: Effect of Prescribed Aerobic Exercise vs. Self-Selected Activity in Treatment of Breast Cancer-Related Fatigue. PNC Charitable Trust Grant #115058
Total direct costs: $52,221

2014-2017 Principal Investigator: Clinical Research Education. Inova Health Care
Total direct costs: $90,000

2013 Principal Investigator: Comparison between Peripheral and Central Fatigue in Women with Breast Cancer. Mason Summer Research Funding for Tenure-Track Faculty
Total direct costs: $4,500

2012-2014 Principal Investigator: Comparison between Peripheral and Central Fatigue in Women with Breast Cancer. PNC Charitable Trust Grant #112881
Total direct costs: $50,000

2011-2016 Co-Investigator, Subcontract: American Institutes for Research (Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research) "Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center" #H133A110004 (00851-03127)
Total direct costs: ~$400,000

2010-2013 Principal Investigator: Cardiovascular Reactivity to Mental Stress in Coronary Artery Bypass and Maze Surgery Patients. Mason-Inova Life Sciences Research Collaboration Fund Grant #221908
Total direct costs: $49,506

2010-2012 Principal Investigator: A Pilot Study to Evaluate the Safety and Efficacy of the BrainPort™ Balance Device When Used to Improve Postural Control in Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury. Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine, Henry M. Jackson Foundation Grant #109464
Total direct costs: $229,167 ($48,947 to Mason)

2008-2009 Co-Principal Investigator, Subcontract: Economic Systems, Inc. VA Contract "Evaluation Study of VA’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program" #090202-VRE0810 (October 2008-December 2009)
Total direct costs: $122,008

2008 Co-Investigator, Subcontract: Economic Systems, Inc. VA Contract "A Study of Compensation Payments for Service-Connected Disability: Issue of Work Related Disability and Function" #080305 (April-July 2008)
Total direct costs: $50,456

2005 – 2007 Principal Investigator: Biobehavioral Correlates of Depression in Reaction to Mental and Physical Challenge. USUHS Grant #T072HO
Total direct costs: $5,000

Honors & Awards

Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology, 2017-2018, American Psychological Association

Mentoring Excellence Award, 2017, Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research, George Mason University

University Teaching Excellence Award, 2016, George Mason University

Certificate of Merit, Abstract, 2016, 8th Biennial Cancer Survivorship Research conference

Master Teacher Award (Senior Faculty), 2015, College of Health and Human Services, George Mason University

Presidential Poster of Distinction, 2014, Association for the Study of Liver Diseases annual conference

President, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, 2012-Present, George Mason University

Habit of Excellence Award, 2011, College of Health and Human Services, George Mason University

Fellowship in Medical Sciences, 2006-2007, Henry M. Jackson Foundation

Citation poster, 2006, American Psychosomatic Society annual conference

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, 2001, Phi Kappa Phi

Psi Chi Honor Society, 1997, Psi Chi

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