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Hala Darwish, PhD, RN, FAAN


Associate Professor

Dr. Hala Darwish is a researcher in the fields of nursing science and cognitive neuroscience. Her research focuses on cognitive impairment and rehabilitation in neurocognitive disorders, such as traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, and Alzheimer’s disease. She is proficient in basic science, translational, and clinical research. She has ongoing research projects investigating vitamin D, cognitive function, and cognitive fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis. She is proficient in both basic science and clinical research. She received NIH training and individual research grants and has presented her work at national and international forums. Dr. Darwish is a member of the Nursing Honor Society – Sigma Theta Tau and a fellow of the American Academy of the Nursing and other international and national professional organizations. She has authored several research papers about the topic.


A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial of A Comprehensive Cognitive and Affective Intervention for Neurocognitive Disorders (CoINTEGRATE).

Research Area(s)

Development and Aging | mental health | patient outcomes


  • Funded by: DARWISH, Hala J
  • Principal investigator of: Immersive virtual reality to restore cognitive fatigue in patients with neurological disorders
  • Principal investigator of: Detecting brain and connectivity changes following cognitive and affective rehabilitation in Multiple Sclerosis (MS): A combined functional Magnetic Resonance (fMRI) and Diffuse Tensor Imaging (DTI) Study
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