Dr Ali Khatibi PhD

Dr Ali Khatibi

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
Senior Research Fellow in Pain and Neuroplasticity

Ali Khatibi is interested in the study of cognition and an expert in neuroimaging and the study of human spinal cord. His two lines of research is focused on the study of cognitive bias in the processing of pain and also pain interference with motor learning in human spinal cord.


  • PhD in Psychology (KU Leuven, 2014)
  • MA in Psychology (Shahid Beheshti University, 2008)
  • BSc in Biology (Guilan University, 2004)


Dr Ali Khatibi received PhD in Psychology from KU Leuven. He completed postdoctoral training at Montreal Neurological Institute investigating motor sequence learning in the human spinal cord before joining CPR spine as a senior research fellow in Pain and Neuroplasticity.

Postgraduate supervision


Pain, Spinal Cord Imaging, Cognition, Chronic diseases


Khatibi, A., Mazidi, M. (2019). Observers’ Impression of the Person in Pain Influences Their Pain Estimation and Tendency to Help. European Journal of Pain, In Press, DOI: 10.1002/ejp.1361

Ebrahimi, L., Pouretemad, H.R., Khatibi, A., Stein, J. (2019). Visual Magnocellular Training Improves Reading in Persian. Scientific Reports,9; Article Number 1142; DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-37753-7

Elhamiasl, M., Dehghani, M., Heidari, M., Khatibi, A. (2019). Illness Anxiety: ruminating catastrophic consequences of bodily changes prevents positive reappraisal and practical problem-solving strategies. Basic and Clinical Neuroscience. DOI: 10.32598/bcn.9.10.240.

Gros, C. et al., (2019) Automatic segmentation of the spinal cord and intramedullary multiple sclerosis lesions with convolutional neural networks. Neuroimage 184(1), 901-15

Shahbabaei, A., Hatami, J., Farhoudian, A., Khatibi, A., Nitche, A. (2018). Optimizing Electrode Montages of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation for Attentional Bias Modification in Early Abstinent Methamphetamine Users. Frontiers in Pharmacology 9, 907

Dehghani, M., Mohammadi, S., Sharpe, L. Khatibi. A. (2018). Attentional bias to threat-related information among individuals with dental complaints: The role of pain expectancy. Frontiers in Psychology. 9. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00786

Lévy, S., Guertin, MC, Khatibi, A., Mezer, A., Martinu, K., Chen, J, Stikov, N., Rainville, P., Cohen-Adad, J. (2018). Test-retest reliability of myelin imaging in the human spinal cord: Measurement errors versus region- and aging- induced variations. PLoS One. 2018 Jan 2;13(1):e0189944. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0189944

Shanbezadeh, S., Salavati, M., Tavahomi, M., Khatibi, A., Talebian-Moghadam, S., Khademi Kalanatari, K. (2017). Reliability and Validity of the Pain Anxiety Symptom Scale in Persian Speaking Chronic Low Back Pain Patients. Spine Journal, 42(21): E1238-E1244. DOI: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000002149.

Mahmoudi-Aghadam, M., Dehghani, M., Ahmadi, M., Khorrami, A., Khatibi. A. (2017). Chronic pain and selective attention to pictures of pain arousing daily activities: evidence from an eye tracking study. BCN, 8 (6), 467-78, DOI: 10.29252/nirp.bcn.8.6.467

Todd, J., Sharpe, L., Colagiuri, B., Khatibi, A. (2016). The effect of threat on cognitive biases and pain outcomes: An eye tracking study. European Journal of Pain;20(8):1357-68. DOI: 10.1002/ejp.887.

Khatibi, A., (2016). Be precise and suffer less pain! A comment on "A brief intervention utilising visual feedback reduces pain and enhances tactile acuity in CLBP patients." Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, 29(4):917-18. DOI: 10.3233/BMR-160664

Akbari, F., Dehghani, M., Khatibi, A. Vervoort, T. (2016). Incorporating Family Function into chronic pain disability: the role of catastrophizing. Pain Research and Management, http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/6838596

Khatibi, A., Schrooten, M., Bosmans, K., Volders, S., Vlaeyen, J., Van den Bussche, E. (2015). Sub-optimal Presentation of Painful Facial Expressions Enhances Readiness for Action and Pain Perception Following Electrocutaneous stimulation. Frontiers in Psychology, 6,913. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00913.

Khatibi, A., Vachon-Presseasu, E., Schrooten, M., Vlaeyen, J. Rainville, P. (2014). Attention effects vicarious modulation of nociception and pain. PAIN, 155 (10), 2033-39.

Khatibi, A., Sharpe, L., Jafari, H., Gholami, S., Dehghani, M. (2015). Interpretation biases in chronic pain patients: An incidental learning task. European Journal of Pain, 19(8), 1139-47.

Mohammadi, S., Dehghani, M., Khatibi, A., Sanderman, R., Hagedoorn. M. (2015). Caregivers’ attentional bias to pain: Does it affect caregivers’ accuracy in detecting patients’ pain behaviors? PAIN, 156 (1), 123-30.

Khatibi, A., Schrooten, M., Vancleef, L., Vlaeyen, J. (2014). An experimental examination of catastrophizing-related interpretation bias for ambiguous facial expressions of pain using an incidental learning task. Frontiers in Psychology 5, 1002, DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01002

Dehghani, M., Sharpe, L., Khatibi, A. (2013). Catastrophizing mediates the relationship between fear of pain and preference for elective caesarian section. European Journal of Pain. 18(4), 582-9.

Mohammadi, S., Dehghani, M., Heidari, M., Sedaghat, M., Khatibi A. (2013). [The evaluation of pain-related psychological similarities among patients with musculoskeletal chronic pain and their spouses]. Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 7(1), 57-66

Mohammadi, S., Dehghani, M., Sharpe, L., Heidari, M., Sedaghat, M., Khatibi A. (2012). Do main caregivers selectively attend to pain-related stimuli in the same way that patients do? PAIN, 153(1), 62-7.

Alani, B., Maghsoudi, N, Asefi-far, F., Khatibi, A., Nourreddini, M., shams, J. (2013). Study of Apoptotic Factors in Hippocampal Male Rats Affected to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Advanced Biomedical Research 2(4), 1-6

Pouretemad, HR., Khatibi, A., Zarei, M., & Stein, J.F. (2011). Manifestation of Developmental Dyslexia in monolingual Persian Speaking Students. Archives of Iranian Medicine, 14 (4), 259-65

Khatibi, A., Dehghani, M., Sharpe, L., Asmundson, GJG., Pouretemad, HR. (2009). Selective attention towards painful faces among chronic pain patients: evidence from a modified version of the dot-probe. PAIN, 142(1-2), 42-7

Khatibi, A., Dehghani, M., Alizadeh, Kh., (2009). [The role of fear of movement in chronicity of pain among musculoskeletal pain patients]. Journal of Research in Behavioral Sciences, 6(2).

Dehghani, M., Khatibi, A., Pouretemad, HR., (2009). [Construction and validation of pictorial dot probe task using faces as stimuli]. Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 3(4), 265-70

Pouretemad, HR., Khatibi, A., Ganjavi A, Shams J, Zarei, M. (2009). Validation of Addenbrooke's cognitive examination (ACE) in a Persian-speaking  population. Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders, 28(4), 343-7

Haghparast, A., Shams, J., Khatibi, A., Alizadeh, A.M, & Kamalinejad, M. (2008). Effects of fruit essential oil of Cuminum cyminum Linn. (Apeacea) on acquisition and expression of morphine tolerance and dependence in mice. Neuroscience letters, Neuroscience Letters 440 (2), 134-9.

Khatibi, A., Haghparast, A., Shams, J., Dianati, E., Komaki, A., & Kamalinejad, M. (2008). Effects of the fruit essential oil of Cuminum cyminum L. on acquisition and expression of morphine-induced conditioned place preference in mice. Neuroscience Letters 448, 94-8

Zare Zade E., Dehghani M., Khatibi A. (2011). [Role of fear of pain in selective attention in patients with dental pain]. Andisheh Va Raftar (Applied Psychology), 5(20), 51-60

Haghparast, A., Zarringhalam, J., Khatibi, A., Dianati, E., Shams, J., (2009). The fruit essential oil of Cuminum cyminumL. reduced the acquisition but not expression of ineffective dose of morphine-induced conditioned place preference in morphine-sensitized mice. Journal of Medical Plants, 8(31), 72-82.

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