Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences

Ali Amidi

MSc., Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Profile photoAli Amidi, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences, Aarhus University
Postal address:
Bartholins Allé 9
1340, 248
Aarhus C
Email: / /
Phone: +4587165305

Educational Attainments

2015: PhD in Psychology, Aarhus University, Denmark
2011: MSc in Psychology, Aarhus University, Denmark
2009: BA in Psychology, Aarhus University, Denmark

Current and Previous Positions

2018-present: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences, Aarhus University
2017, Mar - Sep: Visiting Researcher: Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, USA  
2015- 2018: Postdoctoral Researcher, Aarhus University Hospital & Aarhus University
2011- 2015: PhD Student, Unit for Psycho-oncology & health Psychology (EPoS), Aarhus University and Aarhus University Hospital
2013: Visiting Researcher. Stanford University, Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences, California, USA 
2010: Research Assistant, Unit for Psycho-oncology and Health Psychology, Aarhus University
2009: Research Assistant, Unit for applied Social Psychology, Aarhus University

Research Areas

- Chronopsychology
- Cancer late effects
- Sleep and Circadian Rhythms
- Cognitive-behavioral Therapy for Insomnia
- Neuropsychological issues in clinical populations- Neurorehabilitation 
- Human cognition and learning

Teaching areas

- Behavioural neuroscience
- Sleep and circadian rhythms
- Non-pharmacological treatment for insomnia and sleep disturbances
- Statistics, Bachelor-level
- Advanced Statistics, PhD-level
- Clinical Neuropsychology

National and International Awards and Nominations

- Recipient of The Danish Cancer Society’s “Young Talented Cancer Researcher” grant, October, 2017.
- Recipient of the Nelson Butters Award by The International Neuropsychology Society (INS), July, 2017: The prize is awarded at the Society’s annual and mid-year meetings for the best research presented by a postdoctoral fellow.
- Nominated by the Danish Psychology Association for the Young Investigator Award, 2017 (Dansk Psykolog Forenings Juniorforskerpris). Finalist, 2nd place out of 18 nominees.


2017: Danish Cancer Society: "Young Talented Cancer Researcher" Grant
Title: The Role of Circadian Rhythms in Cancer-Related Symptoms: A Prospective Controlled Chrono-Bio-Behavioral Observation Study
Role: Primary Investigator
Amount: 2.035.00,00 DKK.

2015: The Danish Council for Independent Research (FSS)
Title: Reducing cancer side-effects with systematic light exposure
Role: Primary Investigator
Amount: 1.409.148,00 DKK.

2015: Dansk Kræftforskningsfond
Title: Reducing cancer-related fatigue – a pilot study of the effect of systematic
light exposure and underlying biological mechanisms
Role: Primary Investigator
Amount: 150.000,00 DKK.

2015: Radiumstationens Forskningsfond
Role: Primary Investigator
Amount: 20.000,00 DKK.

2015: Danish Cancer Society
Title: Reducing cancer-related fatigue after radiotherapy
Role: Co-investigator
Amount: 800.000,00 DKK.

Selected Publications

Amidi, A., & Danielsen, J. (2019). Kognitive vanskeligheder som følge af kemobehandling. Best Practice Oncology, (In press).

Amidi, A., & Wu, L. M. (2019). Structural brain alterations following adult non-CNS cancers: a systematic review of the neuroimaging literature. Acta Oncologica, 58(5), 522–536. doi:10.1080/0284186X.2018.1563716

Amidi, A., Hosseini, S. M. H., Leemans, A., Kesler, S. R., Agerbæk, M., Wu, L. M., & Zachariae, R. (2017). Changes in Brain Structural Networks and Cognitive Functions in Testicular Cancer Patients Receiving Cisplatin-Based Chemotherapy. JNCI: Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 109(12), 9041–9044. doi:10.1093/jnci/djx085

Amidi, A., Agerbæk, M., Wu, L. M., Pedersen, A. D., Mehlsen, M., Clausen, C. R., et al. (2017). Changes in cognitive functions and cerebral grey matter and their associations with inflammatory markers, endocrine markers, and APOE genotypes in testicular cancer patients undergoing treatment. Brain Imaging and Behavior, 11(3), 769–783. doi:10.1007/s11682-016-9552-3

Amidi, A., Wu, L. M., Pedersen, A. D., Mehlsen, M., Pedersen, C. G., Rossen, P., et al. (2015). Cognitive impairment in testicular cancer survivors 2 to 7 years after treatment. Supportive care in cancer: official journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer, 23(10), 2973–9. doi:10.1007/s00520-015-2663-3

Amidi, A., Christensen, S., Mehlsen, M., Jensen, A. B., Pedersen, A. D., & Zachariae, R. (2015). Long-term subjective cognitive functioning following adjuvant systemic treatment: 7-9 years follow-up of a nationwide cohort of women treated for primary breast cancer. British journal of cancer, 113(5), 794–801. doi:10.1038/bjc.2015.243

Buskbjerg, C. D. R., Amidi, A., Demontis, D., Nissen, E. R., & Zachariae, R. (2019). Genetic risk factors for cancer-related cognitive impairment: a systematic review. Acta Oncologica, 58(5), 537–547. doi:10.1080/0284186X.2019.1578410

Haldbo-Classen, L., Amidi, A., Lukacova, S., Wu, L. M., Oettingen, G. von, Lassen-Ramshad, Y., … Høyer, M. (2020). Cognitive impairment following radiation to hippocampus and other brain structures in adults with primary brain tumours. Radiotherapy and Oncology, 148, 1–7.

Haldbo-Classen, L., Amidi, A., Wu, L. M., Lukacova, S., Oettingen, G. von, Gottrup, H., et al. (2019). Long-term cognitive dysfunction after radiation therapy for primary brain tumors. Acta Oncologica, 58(5), 745–752. doi:10.1080/0284186X.2018.1557786

Zachariae, R., Amidi, A., Damholdt, M. F., Clausen, C. D. R., Dahlgaard, J., Lord, H., et al. (2018). Internet-Delivered Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia in Breast Cancer Survivors: A Randomized Controlled Trial. JNCI: Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 110(8), 880–887. doi:10.1093/jnci/djx293

Professional Memberships

- 2014- present: Danish Neuropsychological Society
- 2017- present: The International Neuropsychology Society (INS)