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. 

  • BS, Occupational Therapy, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan
  • MS, Occupational Therapy, Brunel University, London, UK
  • PhD, Rehabilitation Sciences, Boston University, Boston, MA
  • Assessment development
  • Cross-cultural adaptation of rehabilitation assessment and intervention
  • Community Based Rehabilitation
  • Occupational and Social Justice 
  • Health Disparities
  • Refugees 
  • Mental Health 

Dr. AlHeresh has published numerous papers - some titles are highlighted below. You can view a complete listing of Dr. AlHeresh's publications on Google Scholar or in her CV. 

Migration and Cognitive Health Disparities: The Arab American and Refugee Case.

Epidemiology of cardiovascular disease and its risk factors among refugees and asylum seekers: Systematic review and meta-analysis.

Effectiveness of ergonomic interventions on work activity limitations in adults with rheumatoid arthritis: A systematic review.

Predicting Depression among Jordanian Adults with Disabilities According to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health: A Pilot Study.

Recruitment cost and outcomes for an arthritis work disability prevention randomized clinical trial: The Work It study.


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In addition, Dr. AlHeresh regularly presents at conferences and industry events. Please see her CV for a complete list of presentations.

Clinical Training Opportunities with Community Stakeholders in Jordan at the 6th Annual AlHussein Society International Conference: Networking and Sustainability.

Predicting Depression Among Jordanian Adults with Disabilities According to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability & Health at the Virtual Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy Annual Conference.  

Assessing Activity Level Outcomes using the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory- Computer Adaptive Test (PEDI-CAT) family of measures at the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine 74th Annual Meeting.