Assistant Professor
BSc (Hons) Psychology;  MSc (Health Psychology); PhD (Sleep Medicine)

I am interested and intrigued about all aspects of sleep and particularly adolescent sleep. I have a strong research background in sleep across all age groups of the lifespan and how this behavior can contribute to a range of health and performance outcomes. I have won several prestigious awards and have received many invitations to author editorials relating to the most current sleep research findings. I have served on various committees of the Sleep Research Society and I am also a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society. My sleep research has received international recognition and media attention.


Weill Cornell Medicine (Post-doctoral Associate) September 2013-February 2017
University of Birmingham, UK (Post-doctoral Fellow) October 2011-September 2013
University of Birmingham, UK (PhD Scholarship Student) February 2008-October 2011


Abu Dhabi - Khalifa City, FF1-1-012



Teaching Areas

Clinical research; research methodology and statistics; biopsychology; health psychology

Research and Professional Activities


  • British Psychological Society (176277) – Chartered Status (CPsychol) Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS)
  • Sleep Research Society (221412)


  • Khan, M. A. B., BaHammam, A. S., Amanatullah, A., Obaideen, K., Arora, T., Ali, H., … Faris, E. Examination of sleep-in relation to dietary and lifestyle behaviors during Ramadan: A multi-national study using Structural Equation Modelling among 24,500 adults. Frontiers in Nutrition. In press.

  • Arnone, D., Omar, O. M., Arora, T., Ostlundh, L., Ramaraj, R., Javaid, S., … Stip, E. (2022). Effectiveness of pharmacogenetic tests including CYP2D6 and CYP2C19 genomic variants for guiding the treatment of depressive disorders: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews. doi:

  • Arora, T., Grey, I., Ostlundh, L., Alamoodi, A., Omar, O. M., Lam, K, B, H., & Grandner, M. A systematic review and meta-analysis to assess the relationship between sleep duration/quality, mental toughness and resilience amongst healthy individuals. Sleep Medicine Reviews,

  • Short, M. A., Booth, S. A., Omar, O. M., Ostlundh, L., & Arora, T. (2020) The relationship between sleep duration and mood in adolescents: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 52: 101311. doi: 10.1016/j.smrv.2020.101311.

  • Arora, T., Grey, I., Ostlundh, L., Lam, K. B. H., Omar, O. M., & Arnone, D. (2020). The prevalence of psychological consequences of COVID-19: a systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies. Journal of Health Psychology. In Press.

  • Lambert, L., Joshanloo, M., Marquez, J. M., Cody, B., Arora, T., Warren, M., Aguilar, L., Samways, M., & Teasel, S. (2022). Boosting Student Wellbeing Despite a Pandemic: Positive Psychology Interventions and the Impact of Sleep in the United Arab Emirates. International Journal of Applied Positive Psychology.

  • Grey, I., Arora, T., & Saneh, A. (2022). Generalized anxiety mediates the relationship between loneliness and sleep quality amongst young adults during the COVID-19 pandemic. Psychological Reports, 0 (0), 1-17. Doi: 10.1177/00332941221079723

  • Arora, T., Barbato, M., Al Hemeiri, S., Omar, O. M., & AlJassmi, M. (2021). A mysterious sensation about sleep and health: the role of interoception. BMC Public Health, 21, 1584.

  • Lambert, L., Draper, Z. A., Warren, M. A., Joshanloo, M., Chiao, E. L., Schwam, A., & Arora, T. (2021). Conceptions of Happiness Matter: Relationships Between Fear and Fragility of Happiness and Mental and Physical Wellbeing. Journal of Happiness Studies. In Press.

  • Barbato, M., Arora, T., AlHemeiri, S., & AlJassmi, M. A. (2021). Looking within: Interoceptive sensibility in young adults with psychotic-like experiences. Early Intervention in Psychiatry. 1-8.

  • Thomas, J., Barbato, M., Verlinden, M., Gaspar, C., Moussa, M., Ghorayeb, J., Menon, A., Figueiras, M. J., Arora, T., & Bentall, R. P. (2020). Psychosocial correlates of depression and anxiety in the United Arab Emirates during the COVID-19 pandemic. Frontiers in Psychiatry. Doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2020.564172

  • Denison, H. J., Jameson, K. A., Sayer, A. A., Patel, H. P., Edwards, M. H., Arora, T., Dennison, E. M., Cooper, C., & Baird, J. (2021). Poor sleep quality and physical performance in older adults. Sleep Health: Journal of the National Sleep Foundation, 7 (2), 205-211. Doi: 10.1016/j.sleh.2020.10.002.

  • Arora, T., Alhelali, E., & Grey, I. (2020). Poor sleep efficiency and daytime napping are risk factors of depersonalization disorder in female university students. Neurobiology of Sleep and Circadian Rhythms, 9, 100059.

  • Grey, I., Arora, T., Thomas, J., Saneh, A., Tomhe, P., & Habib, R. A. (2020). The Role of Perceived Social Support on Depression and Sleep during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Psychiatry Research, 293: 113452. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2020.113452.

  • Lam, S. C., Arora, T., Grey, I., Suen, L. K. P., Huang, E. Y. Z., Li, D., & Lam, K. B. H. (2020). Perceived risk and protection from infection in Mainland China and Hong Kong during COVID-19: an online survey. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 11. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2020.00686

  • Arora, T., & Al-Houqani, M. (2020). Comparison of commonly used screening tools for determining obstructive sleep apnea amongst aviation employees. Sleep Medicine, 77, 332-336. Doi: 10.1016/j.sleep.2020.07.008.

  • Choudhury S, Omar OM, Arora T, Rifai NA, Chagoury O, Taheri S. Qatar Obesity Reduction Study (QORS): Report on a Pilot School-based Nutrition Education Campaign in Qatar. Journal of Childhood Obesity, 3, DOI: 10.21767/2572-5394.100065.

  • Arora T, Gad H, Omar OM, Choudhury SM, Chagoury O, Sheikh J, Taheri S. The associations among objectively estimated sleep and obesity indicators in elementary schoolchildren. Sleep Medicine. 2018; 47: 25-31.