Dr. Baland Jalal is a researcher at Harvard University  and visiting researcher at Cambridge University. He obtained his PhD at Cambridge University  (School of Clinical Medicine, Trinity College Cambridge) and was a Fellow at Harvard University (2016, 2018).

He has published 48 peer-reviewed academic papers and co-authored with Devon Hinton (Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School) a book by Cambridge University Press, 2020 (“Transdiagnostic Multiplex CBT for Muslim Cultural Groups: Treating Emotional Disorders”). He has lectured worldwide including at Harvard University, Oxford University and London School of Economics and UCL, and invited to give a TedX talk. He is a close collaborator of VS Ramachandran (2011 TIME magazine 100 most influential people in the world). His PhD supervisors at Cambridge University were Barbara Sahakian and Trevor Robbins (the latter ranked “the 4th most influential brain scientist of the modern era” by Science Magazine).

The Telegraph described him as “one of the world’s leading experts on sleep paralysis”. He was ranked the “top-rated expert in sleep paralysis in the world” on Expertscape based on scientific impact in the past 10 years. Was listed by Van Winkle (“sleep blog” by Casper Sleep) as one of the “15 Most Interesting People in Sleep” (researchers, writers, and cultural figures).

His work has been featured in the press in over 30 countries including  The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Today Show, The BBC, Chicago Tribune, The Guardian, NBC News, New York Magazine, The Times, Forbes, The Telegraph, Reuters, Al Jazeera, Fox News, Der Spiegel, Discovery, New Scientist, Discover Magazine, VICE, PBS (NOVA), and he has appeared on TV and radio like BBC one and two, and the Pulse (NPR) the Pulse (NPR). His writings has appeared in Big Think and Scientific American, and his recent essay featured on the cover of the Boston Globe.

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