Dr. Teresa Arora

Assistant Professor
BSc (Hons) Psychology; PhD (Health Psychology)

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)
Chartered Scientist, UK (CSci)
American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) (312504)
Sleep Research Society (221412)
Association for the Study of Obesity (0018)


Arora T, Albahri A, Omar OM, Sharara A, Taheri S. The prospective association between electronic device use before bedtime and academic attainment in adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2018. Accepted.

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.

Arora T, Salem-AlMurry A. Education and Supplementation to Overcome Malnutrition in Pregnant Mothers for Improving Offspring Development. Global Journal of Endocrinological Metabolism 2018; 2 (3): 1-2.

Arora T, Timing Sleep to Support Mental Health. EC Psychology and Psychiatry 2018; 7 (7): 344-346.

Arora T, Short MA, Gradisar M, Taheri S, Carskadon M. How many sleep diary nights are needed to reliably estimate adolescent sleep? SLEEP. 2017; In press.

Sathyanarayana A, Joty S, Fernandez-Luque L, Ofli F, Srivastava J, Elmagarmid A, Arora T, Taheri S. Sleep Quality Prediction From Wearable Data Using Deep Learning. JMIR Health Uhealth. 2016;4(4):e125 doi:10.2196/mhealth.6562

Choudhury S, Arora T, Alebbi S, Ahmed L, Aden A, Omar OM, Taheri S. How do Qataris source health information? PLoS ONE. Accepted.

Arora T, Omar, OM, Taheri S. Assessment for the possibility of a ‘first night effect’ of wrist actigraphy in adolescents. BMJ Open. Accepted.

Arora T, Chen MZ, Cooper AR, Andrews RC, Taheri S. The Impact of Sleep Debt on Excess Adiposity and Insulin Sensitivity in Patients with Early Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. 2016 Jan 15. Pii: jc-00253-15.

Arora T, Chen MZ, Omar OM, Cooper AR, Andrews RC, Taheri S. An investigation of the associations among sleep duration and quality, body mass index and insulin resistance in newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes mellitus patients. Therapeutic Advances in Endocrinology and Metabolism. 2015. DOI: 10.1177/2042018815616549.

Brown A, Gouldstone A, Fox E, Field A, Todd W, Shakher J, Bellary S, Teh MM, Azam M, John R, Jagielski A, Arora T, Thomas GN, Taheri S. Description and preliminary results from a structured specialist behavioural weight management group intervention: Specialist Lifestyle Management (SLiM) Programme. BMJ Open. 2015; 5 (4): e007217. Doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2014-007217.

Arora T, Taheri S. Associations Between Late Chronotype, Body Mass Index and Dietary Behaviors in Young Adolescents. International Journal of Obesity. 2015; 39: 39-44.

Arora T, Broglia EL, Thomas GN, Taheri S. Associations between specific technologies and adolescent sleep quantity, sleep quality, and parasomnias. Sleep Medicine. 2014; 15 (2): 240-7. Doi:10.1016/j.sleep.2013.08.799.

Banerjee D, Leong WB, Arora T, Nolen M, Punamiya V, et al. (2013) The Potential Association between Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Diabetic Retinopathy in Severe Obesity—The Role of Hypoxemia. PLoS ONE 8(11): e79521. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0079521.

Arora T, Broglia EL, Pushpakumar D, Lodhi T, Taheri S (2013) An Investigation into the Strength of the Association and Agreement Levels between Subjective and Objective Sleep Duration in Adolescents. PLoS ONE 8(8): e72406. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0072406.

Leong WB, Arora T, Jenkinson D, Thomas A, Punamiya V, Banerjee D, Taheri S. The prevalence and severity of obstructive sleep apnea in severe obesity: the impact of ethnicity. J Clin Sleep Med 2013; 9 (9): 853-858.

Arora T, Hussain S, KBH Lam, et al. Exploring the complex pathways among specific types of technology, sleep duration and body mass index in UK adolescents. International Journal of Obesity. 2013; 37 (0): 1254-60. Doi: 10.1038/ijo.2012.209.

Arora T, Hosseini Araghi M, Bishop J, Yao GL, Thomas G Neil, Taheri S. The complexity of obesity in UK adolescents: relationships with quantity and type of technology, sleep duration and quality, academic performance and aspiration. Pediatric Obesity. 2013; 8 (5): 358-66. Doi: 10.1111/j.2047-6310.2012.00119.x.

Arora T, Jiang CQ, Zhang WS, Lam KB, Cheng KK, Lam TH, Thomas GN, Taheri S. Self-reported long total sleep duration is associated with increased risk of the metabolic syndrome: The Guangzhou Biobank Cohort Study. Diabetes Care 2011; 34 (10): 2317-9.

Lam KB, Jiang CQ, Thomas GN, Arora T, Zhang WS, Taheri S, Adab P, Lam TH, Chang KK. Napping is associated with increased risk of type 2 Diabetes: the Guangzhou Biobank Cohort Study. Sleep 2010; 33: 402-407.

Arora T, Taheri S. Is sleep education an effective tool for sleep improvement and minimizing metabolic disturbance and obesity in adolescents? Sleep Medicine Reviews. Accepted.

Arora T, Taheri S. Sleep Optimization and Diabetes Control – A Review of the Literature. Diabetes Therapy. 2015. DOI :10.1007/s13300-015-0141-z.

Arora T, Choudhury S, Taheri S. The Relationships Among Sleep, Nutrition, and Obesity. Current Sleep Medicine Reports. 2015. DOI: 10.1007/s40675-015-0030-z.

Arora T, Sleep doesn’t waste time, it’s good for the waist line. SLEEP 2015; 38 (8): 1159-1160.

Arora T, Taheri S. Early to bed for early birds – curbing the evening calories. Journal of Adolescent Health 2015; 57: 5-6.

Arora T, Taheri S. Sleep deprivation and circadian disruption in obesity and diabetes. Diabesity in Practice 2012; 1 (2): 49-50.

Arora T, Thomas GN, Taheri S. Obesity can no longer be solely attributed to energy disparity: sleep also fits the equation. Clinical Practice. 2014; 11 (3): 247-9.