Dr. Mollayeva is a Scientist at KITE and an Assistant Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health with cross-appointment at the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute. She obtained her medical degree in Preventive Medicine from the I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University, and completed her residency in Epidemiology and Public Health at the Turkmen State Medical University. She went on to complete her PhD at the University of Toronto in the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, along with the Collaborative Program in Neuroscience. Most recently, Dr. Mollayeva is a Global Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health with the Global Brain Health Institute after receiving multidisciplinary training at Trinity College in Dublin/University of California, San Francisco to support the development of new solutions to improve brain health and reduce the impact of dementia.
Dr. Mollayeva’s research focuses on prevention and management of neurological diseases and injuries. Dr. Mollayeva’s work on the role of sex, gender and intersecting vulnerabilities in shaping outcomes, as well as the modifiable role of sleep disorders supports the implementation of evidence-based and context- and person-specific preventive initiatives and care.
Dr. Mollayeva has been recognized with the 2015 Deborah L. Wilkerson Early Career Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, the 2017 Elio Lugaresi Award for Education from the World Sleep Congress, the 2019 Robert D. Voogt North America Brain Injury Society Founders Award, and the 2022 Joshua Cantor Scholar Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine.