dr. Aisha Cortoos

Klinisch Psycholoog - Psychotherapeut - Doctor in de Psychologie

Dr. Aisha Cortoos worked for many years as a sleep psychologist in the sleep unit of the UZ Brussel. Together with her colleagues from Antwerp and Leuven, and in collaboration with the Belgian Association for Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine (BASS), she shaped the Belgian landscape for the treatment of insomnia.

As a postdoctoral researcher, she collaborated with the Royal Military Academy (RMA) on projects around sleep, fatigue and performance. She is a volunteer scientific collaborator at the VUB (Human Physiology and Sports Physiotherapy Research Group - MFYS), at the RMA (Vital Signs and Performance - VIPER) and also teaches training courses at the BASS. She is an author of several international and national publications in journals and reference books. She gives lectures and workshops in companies and for other health care providers, and coaches clients with sleep problems, stress complaints, lingering fatigue and burnout.

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André Kahn Sleep Award for her presentation “ a teleneurofeedback versus a telebiofeedback protocol in insomnia patients: a preliminary study” on the 25th international meeting of the B.A.S.S., oktober 2007

APSelect: Monthly award of the American Physiological Society for best Physiological Research (january 2017).

  • Pattyn N., Van Cutsem J., Lacroix E., Van Puyvelde M., Cortoos A., Roelands B., Tibax V., Dessy E., Huret M., Rietjens G., Sannen M., Vliegen R., Ceccaldi J., Peffer J., Neyens E., Duvigneaud N. and Van Tiggelen D. (2022). Lessons From Special Forces Operators for Elite Team Sports Training: How to Make the Whole Greater Than the Sum of the Parts. Frontiers in Sports and Active Living, vol 4: 780767
    doi: 10.3389/fspor.2022.780767
  • Dessy, E. , Mairesse, O., Van Puyvelde, M. Cortoos, A., Neyt, X. & Pattyn, N.(2020). Train your brain? Can we really selectively train specific EEG frequencies with Neurofeedback training. Frontiers in Human Neurosciences, Vol14, nr.22, p. 1-9

  • Nathalie Pattyn, Olivier Mairesse,Aisha Cortoos, Nele Marcoen, Xavier Neyt, Romain Meeusen. (2017). Sleep during an Antarctic summer expedition: new light on “polar” insomnia. Journal of Applied Physiology Vol. 122, p.788 – 794. DOI:10.1152/japplphysiol.00606.201

  • Dessy, E. ,Cortoos, A., Mairesse, O. & Pattyn, N. Insomnia reviewed. (2016). In Yucha, C., & Montgomery, D. (Eds) Evidence-based practice in biofeedback and neurofeedback (3rd edition). Wheat Ridge, CO: AAPB.

  • Collet, Gregory; Mairesse, Olivier; Cortoos, Aisha; Tellez, Helio Fernandez; Neyt, Xavier; Peigneux, Philippe; Macdonald-Nethercott, Eoin; Ducrot, Yves-Marie; Pattyn, Nathalie (2015). Altitude and Seasonality Impact on Sleep in Antarctica. Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance, Volume 86, Number 4, April 2015, pp. 392-396(5)

  • Aisha Cortoos, Elke De Valck, Nathalie Pattyn, Olivier Mairesse, Raymond Cluydts. Excitatory versus inhibitory impairments in insomnia patients: An ERP study. (2014) International Journal of Psychophysiology, 93(1), p62-69 (DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2013.03.004)

  • Mairesse O, De Valck E, Quanten S, Neu D, Cortoos A, Pattyn N, Theuns P, Cluydts R, Hofmans J. (2014). Sleepiness phenomics: Modeling individual differences in subjective sleepiness profiles. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 93(1), p150-161 (DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2013.03.021)

  • N Pattyn, O Mairesse, A Cortoos, J Morais, E Soetens, B Roelands, A Van Den Nest, R Kolinsky (2014). Cardiac Reactivity and preserved performance under stress: two sides of the same coin? International Journal of Psychophysiology, 93(1), p30 - 37(DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2013.03.008).

  • Verbeek I. & Cortoos A. (2013) Niet-farmacologische behandeling van insomnie en circadiane ritmestoornissen. In Verbraeken J. et al. (eds) Leerboek Slaap en Slaapstoornissen, Acco Leuven

  • Mairesse O., De Valck E., Cortoos A., Neu D., Pattyn N., Hofmans J. (2012) Towards quantitative sleepiness phenotypes. Journal of Sleep Research, 21 (S1), 334-335

  • Hanssens Sophie & Cortoos Aisha (2012). Slaap en vermoeidheid bij kanker. Oncologisch Tijdschrift, jaargang 12, nummer 1, 34-38

  • Hanssens S., Luyten R., Watthy C., Fontaine C., Decoster L., Baillon C., Trullemans F., Cortoos A., De Grève J. (2011). Evaluation of a comprehensive rehabilitation program for post-treatment cancer patients. Oncology Nursing Forum, 38, 418-424

  • Cortoos Aisha, De Valck Elke, Cluydts Raymond. (2010). Conditioned arousal in insomnia patients. In: Yolanda E. Soriento (Eds) Melatonin, Sleep and Insomnia. Nova Science Publishers Inc., New York

  • Cortoos Aisha, De Valck Elke, Arns Martijn, Breteler Marinus & Cluydts Raymond. (2010). Tele-neurofeedback and tele-biofeedback in primary insomnia patients: An exploratory study on the effects on subjective and objective sleep. Applied psychophysiology and Biofeedback 35, 125-134.

  • Van der Cruyssen L, Van Duynslaeger M., Cortoos A., Van Overwalle F (2009). ERP time course and brain areas of spontaneous and intentional goal inferences. Social Neuroscience, 4, 165-18

  • Cortoos Aisha, Cluydts Raymond (2007). Neurophysiology of insomnia. De agenda Psychiatrie en Neurologie, 42, 14-16

  • Cortoos Aisha, Verstraeten Edwin, Cluydts Raymond (2006). Neurophysiological aspects of primary insomnia: Implications for its treatment. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 10, 255-266