Professor Jaspal studied at the University of Cambridge, University of Surrey and Royal Holloway, University of London, and held senior roles at institutions in both the UK and Finland before becoming University of Brighton's Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research & Knowledge Exchange) in 2021.
Highlights from previous roles include setting up the Minority Research Profile at Åbo Akademi University in Finland, and founding the Identity Change Research Group at Nottingham Trent University.
Professor Jaspal's research explores both psychology and public health, focusing particularly on social psychological approaches to promoting good health outcomes - especially in minority groups. He helped developed the Health Adversity Risk Model to shed light on the impact of social and psychological stress on health outcomes, and was on the working group that produced the UK’s first clinical recommendations for integrated sexual health services for trans people in 2018. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Rusi Jaspal acted as Social Isolation Advisor to Wandsworth Borough Council in London.