Jaime Perales Puchalt is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the KU Alzheimer's Disease Center (KU ADC). His long term goal is to become an independent Alzheimer's disease disparities researcher. Dr. Perales has been recently involved in Envejecimiento Digno, a curriculum to increase Alzheimer's disease awareness among different layers of the Latino community. His aims at the KU ADC are to educate the Latino community about dementia and to increase participation of Latinos in the center's Clinical Cohort and related research studies.
Dr. Perales completed his MS in Psychology at the University of València, and his MPH and PhD in Public Health at the University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. He started his research career at the University of València, where he collaborated in several stress-related projects among breast cancer patients, Latin American immigrants and caregivers of schizophrenia patients. Dr. Perales co-managed a four-year European Commission-funded multi-country study on healthy aging (COURAGE in Europe) at the Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu. He also spent one year as a visiting researcher at the Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge conducting dementia-related epidemiological research and collaborating in successful aging literature reviews. At Juntos: Center for Advancing Latino Health (KU), he contributed to the cultural and linguistic adaptation of several smoking cessation interventions for Latinos.