Dr Shahin Rahimi-Golkhandan

Biography

Shahin joined the Brisbane branch of the Discipline of Psychological Sciences in July 2018. Prior to this, he worked as a lecturer and tutor for various psychology subjects at RMIT University, Australian Catholic University, and University of Queensland. Shahin completed his Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology)(Honours) at RMIT University in 2010 and graduated with PhD in psychology from the Australian Catholic University in 2016. His doctoral research examined hot executive function in children with motor coordination problems – or Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). He completed a couple of years of post-doctoral research in the Laboratory for Rational Decision Making at Cornell University. In this capacity, he supervised a dozen undergraduate students in two research projects and examined the effects of cueing different mental representations of reward on temporal discounting and unhealthy food choices in young people.

Shahin’s research spans current topics in cognitive and developmental psychology and cognitive neuroscience, namely the cognitive and neural processes underlying executive functions, reward sensitivity, judgment and decision-making in neurotypical populations and those with neurodevelopmental disorders. Another area of research (in collaboration with the School of Psychology and Public Health at La Trobe University) is the study of the relationship between job burnout and physical and psychological well-being in Australian Football League coaches and staff.

Find out more at: ResearchGate.

Teaching / coordination responsibilities

PSYC2012 Psychology: An Evidence-Based Approach 2

Expert Comment Topics

  • Cognitive development
  • Executive function
  • Reward sensitivity
  • Time and risk preferences
  • Judgment and decision-making
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder

Peer-reviewed book chapters and journal articles

  • Reyna, V. F., Rahimi-Golkhandan, S., Garavito, D. M., & Helm, R. (2017). The fuzzy-trace dual-process model. In W. De Neys (Ed.), Dual process theory 2.0 (pp. 82-99). Routledge: New York.
  • Rahimi-Golkhandan, S., Garavito, D. M., Reyna-Brainerd, B. B., & Reyna, V. F. (2017). Fuzzy trace theory of risk and time preferences in decision making: Integrating cognition and motivation. In J. R. Stevens (Ed.), Impulsivity: How time and risk influence decision making (pp. 115-144). Springer International Publishing.
  • Rahimi-Golkhandan, S., Steenbergen, B., Piek, J., Caeyenberghs, K., & Wilson, P. H. (2016). Revealing hot cognition in children with motor coordination problems: What’s the go? Brain and Cognition, 106, 55-64.
  • Rahimi-Golkhandan, S., Steenbergen, B., Piek, J., & Wilson, P. H. (2014). Deficits of hot executive function in developmental coordination disorder: Sensitivity to positive social cues. Human Movement Science, 38, 209-224.
  • Rahimi-Golkhandan, S., Piek, J., & Wilson, P. H. (2014). Hot executive function in children with developmental coordination disorder: Evidence for heightened sensitivity to immediate reward. Cognitive Development, 32, 23-37.
  • Rahimi-Golkhandan, S., Maruff, P., Darby, D., & Wilson, P. H. (2012). Barriers to repeated assessment of verbal learning and memory: A comparison of International Shopping List Task and Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test on build-up of proactive interference. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 27, 790-795.

Conference presentations

  • Ruddock, S., Ruddock-Hudson, M., & Rahimi-Golkhandan, S. (2017). The impact of job-burnout on Australian Football League coaches: Mental health and well-being. Paper presented at the 2017 ASICS Sports Medicine Australia Conference, Langkawi, Malaysia.
  • Weldon, R. B., Reyna, V. F., Ponzo, T. A., Blansky, D. T., & Rahimi-Golkhandan, S. (2016). Emotional go/no-go task performance predicts framing bias: A fuzzy-trace theory approach. Poster presented at the 37th Annual Meeting of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, Boston, USA.
  • Rahimi-Golkhandan, S., Steenbergen, B., Piek, J., Caeyenberghs, K., & Wilson, P. H. (2015). Hot cognition in children with motor coordination problems: Insights using a go/no-go paradigm. Paper presented at the 11th International Conference on Developmental Coordination Disorder, Toulouse, France.
  • Rahimi-Golkhandan, S., Steenbergen, B., Piek, J., Caeyenberghs, K., & Wilson, P. H. (2015). The relationship between hot and cold executive function in developmental coordination disorder. Poster presented at the 11th International Conference on Developmental Coordination Disorder, Toulouse, France.
  • Wilson, P. H., Rahimi-Golkhandan, S., Ruddock, S., Piek, J., Sugden, D., Green, D., & Steenbergen, B. (2015). Development of executive function in children with developmental coordination disorder: A two-year longitudinal investigation. Paper presented at the 27th Meeting of the European Academy of Childhood Disability, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Rahimi-Golkhandan, S., & Wilson, P. H. (2013). Hot executive function in children with developmental coordination disorder. Paper presented at the 10th International Conference on Developmental Coordination Disorder, Ouro Preto, Brazil.
  • Rahimi-Golkhandan, S., Piek, J., & Wilson, P. H. (2013). Deficits of hot executive function in children with developmental coordination disorder, and their implications for theory and practice. Paper presented at the 25th Meeting of the European Academy of Childhood Disability, Newcastle, UK.
  • Rahimi-Golkhandan, S., Piek, J., & Wilson, P. H. (2013). Hot executive function in children with developmental coordination disorder: Speeded responses to high immediate reward. Poster presented at the 11th Motor Control and Human Skill Conference, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Rahimi-Golkhandan, S., Wilson, P. H., Maruff, P., & Darby, D. (2011). Barriers to repeated assessment of verbal learning and memory: A comparison of ISLT and RAVLT on build-up of proactive interference. Poster presented at the 46th Annual Conference of the Australian Psychological Society, Canberra, Australia.
  • Schembri, A., Rahimi-Golkhandan, S., & Bedford, A. (2010). Re-Scheduling to minimise the potential for match fixing in the FIFA World Cup. Paper presented at the 10th Australasian Conference on Mathematics and Computers in Sport, Darwin, Australia.

Invited talk

  • Rahimi-Golkhandan, S. (2013). Hot executive function in children with developmental coordination disorder. School of Psychology colloquium series, ACU.

Research Supervision

Completed Honours dissertation: 1 (Department of Human Development, Cornell University)