Jackie Bhattarai, Ph.D., M.S.

Jagriti Bhattarai, Ph.D., M.S.

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  • Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Languages: English, Nepali, Spanish


Multiple Sclerosis, Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation, Neuropsychological Assessment and Intervention, Rehabilitation Psychology ...read more

Research Interests

Multiple Sclerosis in Underserved Populations; Rehabilitation Psychology; Neuropsychological Assessment and Intervention; Achieving Health Equity; Racial Disparities; Experiences of Racial Discrimination’s Effect on Health; Social Determinants of Health (SDOH); Disability and/or Chronic Health Conditions ...read more

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Jagriti ‘Jackie’ Bhattarai, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and researcher studying racial disparities in multiple sclerosis care. Her research explores how the overall health care experience and health outcomes can be different for historically underserved populations, such as African Americans. Dr. Bhattarai is looking to understand why and how factors such as a person’s neighborhood or income can influence the relationship with a doctor and the care received. 

Dr. Bhattarai is an assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a former multiple sclerosis research fellow.

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  • Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

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  • Neuropsychology; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2019)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Bhattarai's long-term goal is to reduce racial disparities and improve the health of underrepresented populations with multiple sclerosis (MS). Her current research focuses on the experiences of racial discrimination among MS patients, community-based approaches to address disparities and mixed method analysis of interpersonal processes between providers and patients.

Selected Publications

Hughes AJ, Bhattarai J, Paul S, Beier M (2019). Depressive symptoms and fatigue as predictors of objective-subjective discrepancies in cognitive function in multiple sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders.

Beier M, Hartoonian N, D’Orio VL, Terril AL, Bhattarai J, Paisner ND, Alschuler KN (2019). Relationship of perceived stress and employment status in individuals with multiple sclerosis. WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation.

Hartz SM, Oehlert M,s Horton AC, Grucza R, Fisher SL, Culverhouse RC, Nelson KG, Sumerall SW, Neal CP, Regnier P, Guoging C, Williams A, Bhattarai J, Evanoff B, Bierut LJ (2018). Daily drinking is associated with increased mortality. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.

Bhattarai J, Sumerall S (2018). Diagnostic delay of narcolepsy: Contributing factors and implications for clinicians. Sleep and Vigilance, 2, 103-109.

Bhattarai J, Oehlert ME, Weber D (2018). Psychometric properties of the Mississippi Scale for Combat Related PTSD (M-PTSD) based on Veteran’s Period of Service (POS). Psychological Services.

Activities & Honors


  • The PM&R 8th Annual Research & Clinical Expo Third Place Poster Award, Johns Hopkins Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2019
  • 2019 Early Career Psychologist Credentialing Scholarship, National Health Register Awards Committee, 2019
  • Health Disparities Research Institute Scholar, NIH National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, 2019
  • Sunil K. Sengupta VA Student Research Award, 2018


  • Johns Hopkins Division of Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology Multicultural Action Committee (MAC), 2019
  • Sigma Sigma Sigma Alumni Mentor Network, 2019
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Minority Research Network, 2019
  • Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity Community Advisory Board (CAB), 2018
  • Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Association (JHPDA), 2017
  • APA Division 22 Rehabilitation Psychology, 2016
  • APA Division 40 Clinical Neuropsychology, 2016
  • American Psychological Association (APA), 2008

Professional Activities

  • Co–Peer Reviewer, Patient Education and Counseling, 2019
  • Peer Reviewer, Journal of the Neurological Sciences, 2019
  • Peer Reviewer, Rehabilitation Psychology, 2018
  • Peer Reviewer, Psychological Services, 2017

Videos & Media

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Disparities in Multiple Sclerosis Healthcare | Ask an MS Expert by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (June 2020)

Racial Disparities in MS Care with Dr. Jackie Bhattarai |  RealTalk MS (June 2020)

Racial Disparity in MS Symptomatology with Dr. Jackie BhattaraiRealTalk MS (March 2020)

Young MS Researchers Share Findings and Excitement at Tykeson Fellows Conference | National Multiple Sclerosis Society (December 2019)

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