Jaime Perales Puchalt is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the KU Alzheimer's Disease Center (KU ADC). His main areas of interest include dementia among minorities and populations of Latin American origin in the Americas. He currently spearheads the Latino Alzheimer's education efforts at the KU ADC and the Latino Cohort in which he recruits and conducts clinical dementia assessments of English and Spanish speaking Latinos. He has also led the integration of the Spanish National Alzheimer's Coordinating Center Unified Data Set 3.0 into REDCap. Together with Dr. Vidoni, Dr. Perales developed Envejecimiento Digno, a curriculum to increase Alzheimer's disease awareness among individuals Latino community with different literacy levels.
Dr. Perales completed his MS in Psychology at the University of València, and his MPH in Public Health and PhD in Biomedicine 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.