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Bahaa Attaallah


Clinical Research Fellow

  • DPhil Candidate
  • Rhodes Scholar

Bahaa is a recipient of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship (Palestine and University, 2018) jointly funded by Rhodes Trust and Said Foundation. After finishing high school in Palestine, he ranked as one of the top 10 students nationally and as a result, was awarded a presidential scholarship to study medicine (MD) at Al-Quds University, Jerusalem (Gaza branch). After working as a junior doctor in different hospitals and clinics in Gaza, Bahaa moved to the UK to pursue an MSc in Cognitive Neurosciences (distinction) at Durham University as Durham Palestine Educational Trust (DPET) scholar. During his MSc, he worked on the development and refinement of hippocampus-dependent tests of cognitive ageing.

Currently, Bahaa is an honorary clinical fellow and is working towards a DPhil in Clinical Neurosciences with Prof Masud Husain and Prof Sanjay Manohar. His research focuses on motivated decision-making and understanding the role of the hippocampus in the psychopathology of prevalent neuropsychiatric syndromes such as apathy and anxiety. Bahaa adopts a transdiagnostic approach and uses different methods including behavioural tasks, eye-tracking, computational modelling and MRI neuroimaging.