Dr Zhimin He

B.A, MSc, PhD, CPsychol

Dr Zhimin He

Lecturer in Psychology

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Dr. Zhimin He is a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society (C.Psychol). She completed her Ph.D. in Psychology (behavioural neuroscience) and she worked as a research assistant, research fellow and academic tutor at the University of Nottingham (2006-2011). Then, she moved to the Warwick Medical School, the University of Warwick as a research fellow (2011-2013), and worked at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London as a post-doctoral researcher and module leader for Social and Community Mental Health (MSc programme) (2013-2016). Dr. Zhimin He joined the Psychology Department at Aberystwyth University in November 2016.



Dr. He started her academic career at the University of Nottingham with a focus on cognitive and behavioural dysfunctions in relation to individual differences and mental disorders. Her research translates fundamental animal learning theories to human diseases in which associative processes are disordered. For example, in schizophrenia, she and her colleagues find that learning occurs inappropriately, about stimuli that would normally be treated as irrelevant, redundant or in some other way indistinct. In offenders with personality disorders, the disinhibited behaviours are generally described as impulsive, thus a computer-based task was designed to measure excitatory and inhibitory learning performance in this group. The results showed a striking and statistically significant change in the expression of inhibitory learning in a highly controlled procedure in these offenders.Previously, Dr. He was a Post-Doc, a Research Fellow, and a Module Leader at King’s College London (KCL) and at the University of Warwick (Warwick Medical School). The main roles for her latest research project at KCL were: to contribute to the development of the CareLoop package, a technology-facilitated self-management system for patients with severe mental illness; to lead and conduct local research responsibilities of a multi-site trial. At Warwick Medical School, she supported research activity within the West midland region and provided methodological input into research proposals across the Hub and liaise with service users and carers groups to ensure that they actively participate in all stages of research projects, from development of proposal to dissemination of findings.

Office Hours (Student Contact Times)

  • Monday 11:00-12:30
  • Wednesday 13:00-14:30


Cella, M, Okruszek, Ł, Lawrence, M, Zarlenga, V, He, Z & Wykes, T 2017, 'Using wearable technology to detect the autonomic signature of illness severity in schizophrenia' Schizophrenia Research. DOI: 10.1016/j.schres.2017.09.028
Killikelly, C, He, Z, Reeder, C & Wykes, T 2017, 'Improving Adherence to Web-Based and Mobile Technologies for People with Psychosis: Systematic review of New Potential Predictors of Adherence' JMIR mHealth and uHealth, vol 5, no. 7, e94. DOI: 10.2196/mhealth.7088
Killikelly, C, He, Z, Reeder, C & Wykes, T 2017, 'Improving adherence to online and mobile technologies for people with psychosis: a systematic review of new potential predictors of adherence' Journal of Medical Internet Research .
Hogarth, L, He, Z, Chase, HW, Wills, AJ, Troisi II, J, Leventhal, AM, Mathew, AR & Hitsman, B 2015, 'Negative mood reverses devaluation of goal-directed drug-seeking favouring an incentive learning account of drug dependence.' Psychopharmacology, vol 232, no. 17, pp. 3235-3247. DOI: 10.1007/s00213-015-3977-z
Broome, M, He, Z, Iftikhar, M, Eyden, J & Marwaha, S 2015, 'Neurobiological and behavioural studies of affective instability in clinical populations: systematic review.' Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, vol 51, pp. 243-254. DOI: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2015.01.021
Hubbard, S, Cooper, N, Kendrick, D, Young, B, Wynn, P, He, Z, Miller, P, Achana, F & Sutton, A 2015, 'Network Meta-analysis to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions to prevent falls in children under age 5 years.' Injury Prevention, vol 21, no. 2, pp. 98-108. DOI: 10.1136/injuryprev-2013-041135
Whelan, P, Machin, M, Lewis, S, Buchan, I, Sanders, C, Applegate, E, Stockton, C, Preston, S, Bowen, A, He, Z, Roberts, C, Davies, L, Wykes, T, Tarrier, N, Kapur, S & Ainsworth , J 2015, Mobile early detection and connected intervention to coproduce better care in severe mental illness. in MEDINFO 2015: eHealth-enabled Health. vol. 216, Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, IOS Press, pp. 123-126. DOI: 10.3233/978-1-61499-564-7-123
He, Z, Wynn, P & Kendrick, D 2014, 'Non-resuscitative first-aid training for children and lay people: a systematic review' Emergency Medicine Journal, vol 31, no. 9, pp. 763-768. DOI: 10.1136/emermed-2013-202389
Marwaha, S, He, Z, Broome, M, Singh, S, Scott, J, Eyden, J & Wolke, D 2014, 'How is affective instability defined and measured: A systematic review' Psychological Medicine, vol 44, no. 9, pp. 1793-1808. DOI: 10.1017/S0033291713002407
Young, B, Wynn, P, He, Z & Kendrick, D 2013, 'Preventing childhood falls within the home: Overview of systematic reviews and a systematic review of primary studies' Accident Analysis and Prevention, vol 60, pp. 158-171. DOI: 10.1016/j.aap.2013.08.001
He, Z, Cassaday, HJ, Bonardi, C & Bibby, P 2013, 'Do personality traits predict individual differences in excitatory and inhibitory learning?' Frontiers in Psychology, vol 4, 00245. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00245
He, Z, Cassaday, HJ, Park, B & Bonardi, C 2012, 'When to hold that thought: an experimental study showing reduced inhibition of pre-trained associations in schizophrenia.' PLoS One, vol 7, pp. e42175. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0042175
He, Z, Cassaday, H, Howard, R, Khalifa, N & Bonardi, C 2011, 'Impaired Pavlovian conditioned inhibition in offenders with personality disorders.' The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, vol 64, no. 12, pp. 2334-2351. DOI: 10.1080/17470218.2011.616933
Cooper, N, Kendrick, D, Achana, F, Dhiman, P, He, Z, Wynn, P, Pillet, E, Saramago, P & Sutton, A 2011, 'Network meta-analysis to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions to increase the uptake of smoke alarms' Epidemiologic Reviews, vol 34, pp. 32-45. DOI: 10.1093/epirev/mxr015