Nadia Ali, Ph.D.

Co-Assistant Director

Genetic Counseling Training Program

Director of Psychological Resources

Genetic Clinical Trials Center

Office: Woodruff Memorial Research Building, 7130L

Phone: 404-778-8613



An alumna of Emory University (‘89 Ox, ‘91Emory), Dr. Ali obtained her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Florida and completed her internship at the Gainesville Florida VA, specializing in Neuropsychology and Health Psychology.  Returning to Atlanta, she completed a Health Psychology Fellowship at Northside Hospital, working on the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, High Risk Pregnancy Unit, and Consult Liaison Service, as well as initiating an Interstitial Cystitis support group and lecturing in the WomenFirst seminar series.  In 2002, Dr. Ali pioneered a new program for Kaiser Permanente Georgia, embedding mental health care within Hospitalist teams at two metro Atlanta hospitals, for which she was nominated as Associate Practitioner of the Year in 2004.  She spent eight years as a Hospitalist Psychologist, specializing in work with challenging chronically ill inpatient medical populations.  

In 2010, Dr. Ali was delighted to return to Emory University, in the School of Medicine’s Department of Human Genetics.  She is currently Director of Psychological Resources for the Genetic Clinical Trials Center, in which she participates in clinical drug trials for conditions such as Down Syndrome, Autism, Fragile X, and Phenylketonuria, as well as conducting her own clinical research into cognitive and psychological manifestations of lysosomal storage diseases and other metabolic disorders.  Dr. Ali is also Co-Assistant Director of Emory’s Genetic Counseling Master’s program, in which she teaches the 1st-year Genetic Counseling Theory & Practice I & II courses, as well as co-coordinating the Standardized Patient Experiences, with an emphasis on training future genetic counselors the counseling skills necessary for compassionate, effective patient interaction and care.  She completed the Public Voices Thought Leadership Fellowship through Emory’s Center for Women and the OpEd Project, publishing op-eds on mental health in the Washington Post and Talking Points Memo.  Dr. Ali has also lectured at conferences, business meetings, webinars and in hospitals on such topics as “Compassion Fatigue – Care for the Caregiver,” “It’s Not All in Your Head: Dealing with the Psychological Impact of Chronic Conditions,” and “Genetic Counseling for Chronic Disease – A Lifelong Relationship.” 

Areas of Specialization

  • Psychosocial Issues in Lysosomal Storage Diseases
  • Neuropsychological Sequelae of Lysosomal Storage Diseases
  • Psychosocial Counseling Education and Training
  • Health Psychology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Hospitalist Psychology


  • Fellowship, Public Voices Thought Leadership, Emory University Center for Women & The Op-Ed Project, Atlanta, GA,
  • Fellowship, Health Psychology, Northside Hospital, Atlanta, GA,
  • Internship, Neuropsychology & Health Psychology, Veterans Administration, Gainesville, FL,
  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of South Florida, 1998
  • MA, Clinical Psychology, University of South Florida, 1994
  • BA, Psychology, Emory University, 1991
  • AA, Oxford College of Emory University, 1989

Professional Memberships

  • Southeastern Regional Genetics Group
  • Georgia Psychological Association
  • National Arab American Medical Association
  • Physicians for Human Rights

Honors and Awards

2004 – Nominated for Kaiser Permanente Associate Practitioner of the Year Award