About

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

He’s published over 50 scientific 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, Oxford, and London School of Economics, and given two TEDx talks. He’s been invited to speak at Oxford four times, including the  Sherrington Society – one of the oldest and most prestigious medical societies in the world, which hosts talks by high-profile doctors and scientists. He was recently recruited as a lecturer at Peterson Academy (founded by famed Dr. Jordan B Peterson and his daughter Mikhaela).

He’s a close collaborator of the renowned VS Ramachandran (2011, TIME Magazine – 100 Most Influential People in the World), with whom he has published 10 scientific papers. His PhD supervisors were Barbara Sahakian and Trevor Robbins (the latter ranked “the 4th most influential brain scientist of the modern era” by Science Magazine; and the best neuroscientist and psychologist in the world by research.com).

The Daily 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 treatment for sleep paralysis was described in New York Magazine, as “the most effective talisman against sleep paralysis”. 

His work has been featured in the press in over 30 countries including  The New York Times, The Washington Post, Today, The BBC, Chicago Tribune, The Guardian, NBC News, New York Magazine, The Times, Forbes, The Daily Telegraph, Reuters, Al Jazeera, Fox News, Vox Media, Der Spiegel, Discovery, New Scientist, Discover Magazine, VICE, and PBS (NOVA). He’s appeared on TV and radio like BBC one and two, and the Pulse (NPR); and the recent documentary, “Uncanny” by the BBC.

He writes for TIME Magazine, Big Think, Scientific American, and his recent op-ed featured on the cover of the Boston Globe.

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