Dr. Aisha Cortoos received her Master in Psychology in 2004 (VUB), her PhD in Biological Psychology in 2009 (VUB) and her postgraduate in systemic psychotherapy in 2013 (IPRR). In 2008 she started as a sleep psychologist at the sleep lab of the University Hospital Brussel. Together with her colleagues in Antwerp and Leuven, and in collaboration with the Belgian Association for Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine (BASS), she developed the landscape of insomnia treatment in Belgium.
As a Postdoctoral fellow she collaborated with the Royal Military Academy (RMA) on projects regarding sleep, fatigue and performances. Currently she is a voluntary scientific collaborator at the VUB (Human Physiology and Sports Physiotherapy Research Group – MFYS), and at RMA (Vital Signs and Performance VIPER) and is part of the teaching staff for several trainings organised by the BASS. She is the founder of Brainwise, which focuses on bringing the science about maintaining a healthy brain for peak performances to the public. She gives lectures and workshops in companies and for other healthcare professionals and sees clients with sleep complaints, chronic fatigue, stress and burnout.