Mahdi Mazidi Sharafabadi

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Personal profile


I got my bachelor and master in clinical psychology from Iran and worked on the role of attentional bias in chronic pain and PTSD for my research projects there. Then I moved to Australia for continuing my research as a PhD student. I work in the Centre for the Advancement of Research on Emotion (CARE) under the supervision of Professor Colin MacLeod and Dr. Ben Grafton.


2018                University of  Western Australia

2013- 2016      M.Sc. in Clinical Psychology, University of social welfare and rehabilitation sciences, Tehran

2009 -2013      B.S. in Clinical Psychology, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran

Current projects

My current project focuses on the functional relationships between attentional bias to social threat, attentional control, and pre-event worry, post-event rumination in social anxiety.

Funding overview

2018 -          Australian government international research training program (RTP) fees offset, stipend and UWA safety net top-up scholarships

2009-2015    Recognized eligible by Iranian National Elite Foundation to receive financial support for educational and living expenses during bachelor and master studies

Previous positions

  • 2015 - 2017    Working in Arzeshafarin Vista Co. as a psychologist, administrating psychological tests and coordinating assessment teams activities.
  • 2014-2016     Psychology research assistant, Shahid Beheshti University


Persian: native

English: IELTS band score 8 out of 9

Research expertise keywords

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Attentional bias
  • Social anxiety
  • Chronic Pain
  • Experimental Psychopathology


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