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 master courses in clinical psychology in Iran and worked on the role of attentional bias in chronic pain and PTSD for my research projects. Then I moved to Australia to continue my research on cognitive mechanisms of social anxiety as a PhD student at the Centre for the Advancement of Research on Emotion (CARE) under the supervision of Professor Colin MacLeod and Dr. Ben Grafton. Currently, I am a research fellow at CARE working on several projects that focus on enhancing the effectiveness of a new generation of health-promoting technologies, collectively known as cognitive bias modification. 


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 a collaborative project that will identify appropriate neuro-cognitive targets for cognitive digital health programs designed to enhance perinatal mental health in Australian women. The other project I work on focuses on improving multidisciplinary treatments for children and adolescents with chronic pain through identifying adaptive and maladaptive cognitions as predictors of the treatment efficacy. I also work on developing novel methods for the assessment and modificaiton of anxiety-linked attentional processes.

Funding overview

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

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)

Previous positions

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

Main Duties:

  • Delivering tutorials for various psychology units
  • Grading and providing feedback on assignments and essays
  • Collaborating with other academics to ensure consistency in marking guidelines

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

Main Duties:

  • Assessed various managerial competencies through administering and interpreting psychological tests
  • Coordinated assessment centre’s team activities
  • Preparing educational content for workshops and trainings for human resources departments in various industrial companies

Sep 2014- Sep 2016     Research assistant, Shahid Beheshti University

Main Duties:

  • Conducting literature reviews and collecting data
  • Analysing data using statistical software
  • Assisting in the preparation of research reports and presentations


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
  • Social anxiety
  • Chronic Pain
  • Experimental Psychopathology


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