Ali Weinstein, PhD

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Titles and Organizations

Professor, Global and Community Health
Senior Scholar, Center for the Advancement of Well-Being

Contact Information

Phone: 703-993-9632

Personal Websites


Dr. Ali A. Weinstein is a Professor of Global and Community Health (GCH) and a Senior Scholar in the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being. She has extensive experience conducting human biobehavioral experiments in the laboratory and field, conducts survey research, as well as a small research portfolio of qualitative research.


Research Interests

  • Fatigue 
  • Depression
  • Physical activity
  • Exercise
  • Stress reactivity
  • Chronic illness
  • Knowledge translation


  • Weinstein, A.A., Ngo, D.*, de Avila, L., Price, J.K., Golabi, P., Austin, P., Escheik, C., Gerber, L.H. & Younossi, Z.M. (2023). Association of physical activity and fine motor performance in individuals with type 2 diabetes mellitus and/or non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Annals of Medicine, 55(1): 1345-1353.
  • Jones, T.M.*, Bhanji, A.*, Osman, S.*, Cai, C., Garfinkel, S. & Weinstein, A.A. (2023). Experience of caregivers and individuals living with traumatic brain injury in accessing health information: A qualitative investigation. Brain Injury, 37(4), 293-302.
  • Chandrabhatla, T., Asegdom, H., Gaudiano, Z.P., de Avila, L., Roach, K.L., Venkatesan, C., Weinstein, A.A. & Younossi, Z.M. (2022). Second victim experiences and moral injury as predictors of hospitalist burnout before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. PLOS ONE, 17(10): e0275494.
  • Jones, T.M.*, Bhanji, A.*, Ahuja, G.*, Bakhtari, R.*, Cai, C., Garfinkel, S. & Weinstein, A.A. (2022). Examination of health information needs of caregivers of and individuals with burn injuries. Journal of Burn Care & Research, 43(4), 846-851.
  • Mitro, J.P.*, Pomeroy, J.M.L.*, Osman, S.*, Matta, V.*, Cai, C., Garfinkel, S. & Weinstein, A.A. (2022). Access, utilization, and implementation of research among rehabilitation nurses: A qualitative study. Rehabilitation Nursing Journal, 47(3), 99-108.
  • Weinstein, A.A., de Avila, L., Kannan, S.*, Paik, J.M., Golabi, P., Gerber, L.H. & Younossi, Z.M. (2022). Interrelationship between physical activity and depression in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. World Journal of Hepatology, 14(3), 612-622.
  • Weinstein, A.A., Estep, J.M., de Avila, L., Curry, M., Golabi, P., Escheik, C., Birerdinc, A., Stepanova, M., Price, J.K., Gerber, L. & Younossi, Z.M. (2019). Relationships among neurotransmitters, cytokines and cognitive performance for individuals with Hepatitis C achieving sustained virologic response: A pilot study. Journal of Neuroimmunology, 335, 577022, 1-6.
  • Gerber, L.H., Weinstein, A.A., Mehta, R., & Younossi, Z.M. (2019). Importance of fatigue and its measurement in chronic liver disease. World Journal of Gastroenterology 25(28), 3669-3683.
  • Weinstein, A.A., *Koehmstedt, C., & Kop, W.J. (2017). Mental health consequences of exercise withdrawal: A systematic review. General Hospital Psychiatry, 49, 11-18.

Book Chapters

  • Gerber, L.H. & Weinstein, A.A., (in press). Cancer-related fatigue. In M.D. Stubblefield & M. O’Dell (eds.). Cancer Rehabilitation: Principles and Practice of Cancer Rehabilitation (2nd ed). Demos Medical Publishing: New York, NY.
  • Gerber, L.H., Weinstein, A.A., & Pawloski, L. (2014). Role of exercise in optimizing the functional status of patients with Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. In Z.M. Younossi & N. Gitlin (eds.). Clinics in Liver Disease: The Impact of Obesity and Nutrition on Chronic Liver Diseases, 18(1), 113-127.
  • Weinstein, A.A., *Lydick, S.E., *Biswabharati, S. (2014). Exercise and its relationship to psychological health and well-being. In Gomes, R., Resende, R., & Albuquerque, A. (eds.). Positive Human Functioning from a Multidimensional Perspective, Volume 2: Promoting Healthy Lifestyles. Nova Science Publishers, Inc.: Hauppauge, NY, 147-166.
  • Kop, W.J., Weinstein, A.A. (2007). C-reactive protein. In Fink, G. (ed.). Encyclopedia of Stress (2nd ed). Academic Press: Oxford. 653-658.
  • Kop, W.J., Berlin, A.A., & Stretch, M. (2004). Coronary Heart Disease: Risk Factors and Biobehavioral Mechanisms. In Christensen, A.J., Martin, R., & Smythe, J.M. (eds.). Encyclopedia of Health Psychology. Kluwer/Plenum: New York. 70-74.

Honors and Awards

  • Barbara A. Keeton Volunteer of the Year Award, Division 38 (Health Psychology) of the American Psychological Association (APA), 2023
  • Elected Fellow of the APA, 2021
  • Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology, 2017-2018, American Psychological Association
  • Mentoring Excellence Award, 2017, Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research, George Mason University
  • University Teaching Excellence Award, 2016, George Mason University
  • Certificate of Merit, Abstract, 2016, 8th Biennial Cancer Survivorship Research conference
  • Master Teacher Award (Senior Faculty), 2015, College of Health and Human Services, George Mason University
  • Presidential Poster of Distinction, 2014, Association for the Study of Liver Diseases annual conference
  • President, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, 2012-Present, George Mason University
  • Habit of Excellence Award, 2011, College of Health and Human Services, George Mason University
  • Fellowship in Medical Sciences, 2006-2007, Henry M. Jackson Foundation
  • Citation poster, 2006, American Psychosomatic Society annual conference
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, 2001, Phi Kappa Phi
  • Psi Chi Honor Society, 1997, Psi Chi


  • PhD, Medical Psychology, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
  • MA, Kinesiology (Sport and Exercise Psychology), University of the Maryland, College Park
  • BS, Psychology, Lafayette College