Ph.D. Student Profile

Talha  Ali

Talha Ali, M.S., B.S.


M.S., Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Yale University (2015)
B.S., Psychology, Yale University (2013)

Research Interests & Projects

My research focuses on social relationships and the health of older adults. Both structural characteristics, such as number of relationships, diversity in relationships, frequency of contact, and functional characteristics, including level of support and quality of relationships, are important components of one’s social network. My current research seeks to develop a typology of social networks of older adults that simultaneously takes into account multiple aspects of social networks including their structure, function, and the quality of relationships, and examine how these social network types influence the cognitive and physical health of older adults. Identification of major network types can facilitate a deeper understanding of the different patterns of social networks among older adults and subsequently inform the development of effective strategies to promote “successful aging”.