Dr. AlHeresh is an occupational therapy scientist with expertise in cross-cultural adaptation and access to rehabilitation measures and interventions to underserved communities like refugees, asylum seekers, and non-English speakers. Dr. AlHeresh is the founder and Director of the "Toward an All-Inclusive Jordan," an academic-community partnership program serving as a platform for education, clinical training, and advocacy for the rights of people with disabilities using Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR) in the Middle East. In addition, Dr. AlHeresh is a strong advocate for refugees and asylum seekers in the US and globally, especially those with disabilities and non-English speakers. 

Research Interests

  • Assessment development
  • Cross-cultural adaptation of rehabilitation assessment and intervention
  • Community Based Rehabilitation
  • Occupational and Social Justice 
  • Health Disparities
  • Refugees 
  • Mental Health 


AlHeresh, R. & AlHiyari, O. Clinical Training Opportunities with Community Stakeholders in Jordan. 6th Annual AlHussein Society International Conference: Networking and Sustainability. Dec 15th, 2020. Virtual Conference.  

Griffin, M., Hashim, H., Mitchell Gillespie, B., AlHeresh, R. Predicting Depression Among Jordanian Adults with Disabilities According to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability & Health. Virtual Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy Annual Conference. October 29, 2020. Virtual Conference.  

Kramer, J., Fragala-Pinkham, M., Shore, B., AlHeresh, R. Assessing Activity Level Outcomes using the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory- Computer Adaptive Test (PEDI-CAT) family of measures. American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine 74th Annual Meeting. September 25, 2020. Virtual conference.

BS, Occupational Therapy, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan

MS, Occupational Therapy, Brunel University, London, UK

Phd, Rehabilitation Sciences, Boston University, Boston, MA

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