Dr. Mahdi Mazidi Sharafabadi


  • The University of Western Australia (M304), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


I completed my Bachelor and Masters in Clinical Psychology in Iran, where I researched cognitive biases in chronic pain and PTSD. In 2018, I moved to Australia to continue my research on cognition and emotion as a PhD student at the Centre for the Advancement of Research on Emotion (CARE) under the supervision of Professor Colin MacLeod. Currently, I am a research fellow at CARE, leading several projects that focus on cognitive mechanisms of emotional well-being, such as cognitive processes involved in different types of worry.

2018 - 2022     Doctor of Philosophy – Psychology, 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

Currently, I am leading two international collaborative projects involving five researchers from leading institutes in Australia (UNSW, Black Dog Institute), the UK (Uni of Exeter), and the USA (Uni of Pennsylvania). These projects aim to identify which worries and expectancies compromise new parents' emotional well-being and which do not, to enhance perinatal mental health. My other project involves developing novel methods for the assessment and modification of cognitive biases. My latest contribution to this field is a novel task for the assessment and modification of biased attention that leverages AI platforms and can be used as is or easily adapted by others to address specific research questions across various contexts, languages, and cultures.

Previous positions

Jan 2019 - Dec 2021          Academic Tutor/Demonstrator, University of Western Australia

April 2015 - March 2017    Assessor Psychologist and Team Coordinator, Arzeshafarin Vista Co. (Human resources evaluation for various industries).

Sep 2014- Sep 2016     Research assistant, Shahid Beheshti University

Funding overview

2023      Raine Medical Research Foundation - Research Collaboration Award - “Assessment and Modification of Biased Expectancies to Predict and Optimize Emotional Wellbeing Across the Perinatal Period.” [$26,047 Awarded, Chief Principal Investigator] Collaborators: Prof. Michelle Moulds (UNSW); Prof. Jill Newby (Black Dog Institute); Prof. Heather O’Mahen (University of Exeter, UK).

2023        UWA Research Collaboration Award - “Understanding Prenatal Expectancies: Mechanisms and Implications for Perinatal Mental Health” [$19,921 – Awarded; Chief Principal Investigator]

2020      Research Support Scheme Grant. Babol University of Medical Sciences, Iran. Co-principal investigator in a project focused on the cognitive profile of patients with elevated worry and trauma.

2019              The University of Western Australia GRS Travel Award

2018-2022   Australian government international research training program (RTP) fees offset, stipend and UWA safety net top-up scholarships

2015           Iran’s National Elite Foundation Grant for Research in Lieu of Military Service: This grant allows top-achieving students to conduct self-designed research projects instead of the two-year compulsory military service.

2009-2015    Awarded the Iran's National Elite Foundation monthly scholarships during my bachelor and master studies. 

2013-2016    Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education Msc. Scholarship (full tuition waiver)

2009-2013    Iranian Ministry of Sciences Bsc Scholarship (full tuition waiver)


Persian: native

English: Fluent

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Research expertise keywords

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Attentional bias
  • Worry (Productive & Unproductive Worry)
  • Experimental Psychopathology
  • Climate Anxiety


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