Ali Tayyeb

Ali R. Tayyeb is a United States Navy Veteran, having served as a Fleet Marine Force Corpsman with Naval Medical Center San Diego, 1st Marine Division, and 3rd Marine Division. Dr. Tayyeb’s experiences in the healthcare field include combat trauma, emergency medicine, education, Human Patient Simulation, Professional Development, Leadership, Veterans Healthcare, and Policy.  Dr. Tayyeb is a Jonas Veterans Healthcare Scholar Alumnus, is currently the Director of Technology, Innovation, and Design, and Adjunct Associate Professor at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), School of Nursing. He is also the Creator of the RN-Mentor Podcast, and the Zero Dark Thirty Veterans Health Researcher Network. Though Dr. Tayyeb’s research is primarily veteran centric, his work has evolved into the exploration of systemic failures and advancing social networks to connect and advance nursing issues while facilitating nursing discourse centered around the theory of social contracts. Dr. Tayyeb is greatly invested in professional development, role development, and pushing the boundaries of the nursing profession through diversity of people, thought, advocacy, innovation, design, and the arts.

Research & Clinical Expertise

Veteran centric: Transition from military service, Post-Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Depression, Alcohol and Drug abuse, Pain, Suicide, Family environment, Disenfranchisement, Policy, Culture, Veteran Benefits & Reintegration.

Nursing: Human Patient Simulation, Nursing Education, Professional Development, Translating Research into Art


BSN, California State University, Los Angeles
MSN, California State University, Los Angeles
Ph.D., University of San Diego

Honors & Awards

Military Awards and Honors

  • 2001    Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal     
  • 1999, 1998, 1996    Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
  • 2000 & 1996    Good Conduct Medal     
  • 1992    National Defense Medal
  • 1996    Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
  • 1996    Armed Forces Service Medal    
  • 1997    Humanitarian Medal    
  • 1995, 2000, 2001    Overseas Service Award
  • 1997    Navy Sea Service Award    

Warfare Devices

  • 1997    The Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist     
  • 2001    The Enlisted Fleet Marine Force Warfare Specialist      

Awards and Honors

  • 2021    Plaque in Recognition as Chair – Cal State LA Nursing Alumni Network
  • 2019    Certificate of Commendation – Los Angeles County
  • 2019    Plaque of Appreciation – Serrania Charter Elementary School
  • 2019    HRSA Ambulatory Care Grant – partnership Cal State LA & AltaMed
  • 2018    Cal State LA Research Grant 
  • 2014    Jonas Veterans Healthcare Scholar Recipient
  • 2013    Everyday Heroes Award, Kaiser Permanente, WHMC
  • 2010    Community Emergency Response Team Certificate of Recognition – Los Angeles City Council 
  • 2010    Community Emergency Response Team Certificate of Recognition – California State Assembly 
  • 2010    Outstanding Graduate Honors Award – Cal State LA
  • 2007    Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Nursing Honor Society
  • 2007    The Director’s Leadership Award – California State University, Los Angeles
  • 2004 – 2006     California Community Foundation Scholarship Recipient
  • 2004 – 2006     CSULA Alumni Scholarship Recipient


Tayyeb, A., Schwarz, L., & D’Aoust, R. (2021). Service associated conditions and Veterans Health Administration eligibility, In R. D’Aoust & A. Gill Rossiter (Eds.), Caring for veterans and their families: A guide for nurses and other healthcare professionals, (Chapter 8). Jones and Bartlett Publishers. ISBN 9781284171341.

Wittenberg, E., Johnson, R. R., & Tayyeb, A. R. (2021). Utilizing an Online Communication Module with Baccalaureate Nursing Students to Teach Leadership in Team Meetings. Nursing education perspectives, 10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000914

Tayyeb A. R. (2021). #PPENow. The American journal of nursing, 121(5), 46.

Lim, P.J. and Tayyeb, A.R. (2019). Critical Analysis of the Healthcare Response to Burn-Pit-Related Illnesses for Post-9/11 Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans. Open Journal of Emergency Medicine, 7, 17-27. 

Tayyeb, A. R., Greenburg, J., (June 2017). “Bad papers”: the invisible and increasing cost of war for excluded veterans. Tayyeb%20Greenburg_Bad%20Papers%20.pdf

Tayyeb, A. R., (2017) The Effect of the Military Character of Discharge on Reintegration into the Civilian Community: A Phenomenological Study (Doctoral dissertation). 

A complete and up to date listing of the all publications including the RN-Mentor Podcast published work can be found on