Dr Ali Khatibi PhD

Dr Ali Khatibi

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

Dr 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.


  • BSc in Biology

  • MSc in Psychology

  • PhD in Psychology


Dr Khatibi completed undergraduate degree in biology and master’s degree in psychology in Iran. Then he moved to Belgium and received his PhD from KU Leuven on the study of cognitive bias in the processing painful facial expressions. Before joining the CPR spine at UoB, he completed postdoctoral training at Montreal neurological Institute focused on the functional and structural imaging of human spinal cord.

Postgraduate supervision

Pain interference with motor learning in human spinal cord


Pain, Neuroimaging, Spinal Cord Imaging, Neuroplasticity, Motor learning Cognitive Bias

Other activities

  • Editorial board: Cognitive Psychology Section, Frontiers in Psychology
  • Scientific Secretary of the 7th IHBM international Meeting, November 2020


Recent publications


Esmaeilian, N, Everaert, J, Dehghani, M, Khatibi, A, Moradi, AR & Koster, EHW 2021, 'Emotional working memory updating in individuals with borderline personality features', Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, vol. 71, 101636, pp. 101636. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbtep.2021.101636

Lashkari, A, Dehghani, M, Sadeghi-Firoozabadi, V, Heidari, M & Khatibi, A 2021, 'Further Support for the Psychometric Properties of the Farsi Version of Perth Alexithymia Questionnaire', Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 12, pp. 657660. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.657660

Saberi, M, Khosrowabadi, R, Khatibi, A, Misic, B & Jafari, G 2021, 'Topological impact of negative links on the stability of resting-state brain network', Scientific Reports, vol. 11, 2176. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-81767-7

Ranjbar, S, Mazidi, M, Sharpe, L, Dehghani, M & Khatibi, A 2020, 'Attentional control moderates the relationship between pain catastrophizing and selective attention to pain faces on the antisaccade task', Scientific Reports, vol. 10, no. 1, 12885. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-69910-2

Khatibi, A, Moradi, N, Rahbari, N, Salehi, T & Dehghani, M 2020, 'Development and Validation of Fear of Relapse Scale For Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis: Understanding Stressors in Patients', Frontiers in Psychiatry, vol. 11, 226. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2020.00226

Dehghani, H, Oghabian, MA, Batouli, SAH, Kheradmand, JA & Khatibi, A 2020, 'Effect of physiological noise on Thoraco-lumbar spinal cord fMRI in 3T magnetic field', Basic and Clinical Neuroscience, vol. 11, no. 6, pp. 2-2. https://doi.org/10.32598/bcn.11.6.1395.1

Bielczyk, NZ, Ando, A, Badhwar, A, Caldinelli, C, Gao, M, Haugg, A, Hernandez, LM, Ito, KL, Kessler, D, Lurie, D, Makary, MM, Nikolaidis, A, Veldsman, M, Allen, C, Bankston, A, Bottenhorn, KL, Braukmann, R, Calhoun, V, Cheplygina, V, Boffino, CC, Ercan, E, Finc, K, Foo, H, Khatibi, A, La, C, Mehler, DMA, Narayanan, S, Poldrack, RA, Raamana, PR, Salo, T, Godard-Sebillotte, C, Uddin, LQ, Valeriani, D, Valk, SL, Walton, CC, Ward, PGD, Yanes, JA & Zhou, X 2020, 'Effective self-management for early career researchers in the natural and life sciences', Neuron, vol. 106, no. 2, pp. 212-217. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuron.2020.03.015

Sabaghian, S, Dehghani, H, Batouli, SAH, Khatibi, A & Oghabian, MA 2020, 'Fully automatic 3D segmentation of the thoracolumbar spinal cord and the vertebral canal from T2-weighted MRI using K-means clustering algorithm', Spinal Cord. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41393-020-0429-3

Mohammadi, S, Alinajimi, F, Esmailian, N, Dehghani, M & Khatibi, A 2020, 'Pain catastrophizing thoughts explain the link between perceived caregiver responses and pain behaviors of patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain', Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 11, 1386. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.01386

Vahdat, S, Khatibi, A, Lungu, O, Finsterbusch, J, Büchel, C, Cohen-Adad, J, Marchand-Pauvert, V & Doyon, J 2020, 'Resting-state brain and spinal cord networks in humans are functionally integrated', PLoS Biology, vol. 18, no. 7, e3000789. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.3000789

Mirbagheri, L, Khatibi, A & Mousavi, PS 2020, 'Situational Modulation of Emotion Recognition Abilities in Children With Secure and Insecure Attachment: The Role of Gender', Practice in Clinical Psychology. https://doi.org/10.32598/jpcp.


Alonso-Ortiz, E, Gros, C, Foias, A, Abramovic, M, Arneitz, C, Atcheson, N, Barlow, L, Barry, R, Barth, M, Battiston, M, Buchel, C, Budde, M, Callot, V, De Leener, B, Descoteaux, M, Sousa, PLD, Dostal, M, Doyon, J, Dvorak, A, Eippert, F, Epperson, K, Finsterbusch, J, Fukunaga, I, Wheeler-Kingshott, C, Germani, G, Gilbert, G, Grussu, F, Hagiwara, A, Henry, P-G, Horak, T, Hori, M, Joers, J, Kamiya, K, Karbasforoushan, H, Khatibi, A, Joo-Won, K, Kinany, N, Kitzler, H, Kolind, S, Kong, JY, Kudlička, P, Kuntke, P, Kurniawan, N, Kusmia, S, Labounek, R, Laganà, MM, Laule, C, Law, C, Lenglet, C, Leutritz, T, Liu, Y, Llufriu, S, Mackey, S, Martinez, E, Nestrasil, I, Papinutto, N, Papp, D, Pareto, D, Parrish, T, Pichiecchio, A, Cañellas, AR, Ruitenberg, M, Samson, R, Savini, G, Seif, M, Seifert, A, Smith, A, Smith, ZA, Solana, E, Suzuki, Y, Tackley, G, Tinnermann, A, Valosek, J, Yiannakas, M, Weber, K, Weiskopf, N, Wise, R, Wyss, PO, Junqian, X & Cohen-Adad, J 2020, 'Quantitative MRI of the spinal cord: reproducibility and normative values across 40 sites', 28th Annual Meeting & Exhibition of the ISMRM, Paris, France, 8/08/20 - 13/08/20.

Other contribution

Dehghani, H, Weber, KA, Batouli, SAH, Oghabian, MA & Khatibi, A 2020, Evaluation and Optimization of Motion Correction in Spinal Cord fMRI Preprocessing.. https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.05.20.103986

Review article

Fathi, HR, Yoonessi, A, Khatibi, A, Rezaeitalab, F & Rezaei-Ardani, A 2020, 'Crosstalk between Sleep Disturbance and Opioid Use Disorder: A Narrative Review', Addiction & health, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 140-158. https://doi.org/10.22122/ahj.v12i2.249

Deldar, Z, Gevers-Montoro, C, Khatibi, A & Ghazi-Saidi, L 2020, 'The interaction between language and working memory: a systematic review of fMRI studies in the past two decades', AIMS Neuroscience, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 1-32. https://doi.org/10.3934/Neuroscience.2021001

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