Research/Areas of Interest:

structural racism and racial/ethnic health disparities across the lifespan
social support networks of older adults
caregiving and dementia
social determinants of healthy aging
dyadic analysis


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University Michigan/Ann Arbor, USA, 2019
  • Master of Science, Yale University, USA, 2015
  • Bachelor of Science, Yale University, USA, 2013


Talha Ali, Ph.D. is a social epidemiologist and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health. Prior to Tufts, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Section of Geriatrics at the Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Ali's research interests include (1) examining the impact of structural racism on racial/ethnic disparities in cognitive aging and dementia; (2) investigating the role of social support networks for physical and cognitive health in late life; and (3) caregiving networks of older adults with and without dementia. Her work has been published in journals such as The Journals of Gerontology, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, and the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. Dr. Ali is a 2022 NIA Butler-Williams Scholar and an NIA IMPACT Collaboratory Faculty Scholar. She received a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and an MS in Epidemiology, and a BS in Psychology from Yale University.