Dr Zhimin He

B.A, MSc, PhD, CPsychol

Dr Zhimin He

Lecturer in Psychology

Department of 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 is a chartered psychologist specialising in behavioural neuroscience, classical conditioning, individual difference, mental health, and systematic reviews. She is clinically-trained and has worked in both community and forensic settings, especially with schizophrenic patients, and patients with personality disorders and psychopathy.

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.

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  • Tuesday 9:00-10:30
  • Wednesday 9:00-10:30


Lewis, S, Ainsworth, J, Sanders, C, Machin, M, Whelan, P, Hopkins, R, He, Z, Applegate, E, Drake, R, Bamford, C, Roberts, C, Wykes, T & Stockton-Powdrell, C 2020, 'Smartphone-enhanced symptom management in psychosis: An open, randomised controlled trial', Journal of Medical Internet Research , vol. 22, no. 8, e17019, pp. 1-11. https://doi.org/10.2196/17019
Cella, M, He, Z, Killikelly, C, Okruszek, Ł, Lewis, S & Wykes, T 2019, 'Blending Active and Passive Digital Technology Methods to Improve Symptom Monitoring in Early Psychosis', Early Intervention in Psychiatry, vol. 13, no. 5, pp. 1271-1275. https://doi.org/10.1111/eip.12796
Lewis, S, Fraccaro, P, Ainsworth, J, Sanders, C, He, Z, Whelan, P, Stockton-Powdrell, C, Hopkins, R, Wykes, T & Machin, M 2018, 'A randomised controlled trial of smartphone active symptom monitoring in psychosis', Schizophrenia Bulletin, vol. 44, no. suppl_1, pp. S106. https://doi.org/10.1093/schbul/sby015.261
Cella, M, Okruszek, Ł, Lawrence, M, Zarlenga, V, He, Z & Wykes, T 2018, 'Using wearable technology to detect the autonomic signature of illness severity in schizophrenia', Schizophrenia Research, vol. 195, pp. 537-542. https://doi.org/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', Journal of Medical Internet Research , vol. 5, no. 7, e94. https://doi.org/10.2196/mhealth.7088
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