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


A randomised controlled trial of smartphone active symptom monitoring in psychosisLewis, S., Fraccaro, P., Ainsworth, J., Sanders, C., He, Z., Whelan, P., Stockton-Powdrell, C., Hopkins, R. & Wykes, T. 2018 In : Schizophrenia Bulletin.44, suppl_1, p. S1061 p.
Using wearable technology to detect the autonomic signature of illness severity in schizophreniaCella, M., Okruszek, Ł., Lawrence, M., Zarlenga, V., He, Z. & Wykes, T. 2017 In : Schizophrenia Research.
Improving Adherence to Web-Based and Mobile Technologies for People with Psychosis: Systematic review of New Potential Predictors of AdherenceKillikelly, C., He, Z., Reeder, C. & Wykes, T. 2017 In : JMIR mHealth and uHealth.5, 7, e94
Improving adherence to online and mobile technologies for people with psychosis: a systematic review of new potential predictors of adherenceKillikelly, C., He, Z., Reeder, C. & Wykes, T. 2017 (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Medical Internet Research .
Negative mood reverses devaluation of goal-directed drug-seeking favouring an incentive learning account of drug dependence.Hogarth, L., He, Z., Chase, H. W., Wills, A. J., Troisi II, J., Leventhal, A. M., Mathew, A. R. & Hitsman, B. 2015 In : Psychopharmacology.232, 17, p. 3235-3247
Neurobiological and behavioural studies of affective instability in clinical populations: systematic review.Broome, M., He, Z., Iftikhar, M., Eyden, J. & Marwaha, S. 2015 In : Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews.51, p. 243-25411 p.
Network Meta-analysis to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions to prevent falls in children under age 5 years.Hubbard, S., Cooper, N., Kendrick, D., Young, B., Wynn, P., He, Z., Miller, P., Achana, F. & Sutton, A. 2015 In : Injury Prevention.21, 2, p. 98-10810 p.
Mobile early detection and connected intervention to coproduce better care in severe mental illnessWhelan, 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 MEDINFO 2015: eHealth-enabled Health.IOS Press, Vol. 216, p. 123-126 (Studies in Health Technology and Informatics)
Non-resuscitative first-aid training for children and lay people: a systematic reviewHe, Z., Wynn, P. & Kendrick, D. 2014 In : Emergency Medicine Journal.31, 9, p. 763-768
How is affective instability defined and measured: A systematic reviewMarwaha, S., He, Z., Broome, M., Singh, S., Scott, J., Eyden, J. & Wolke, D. 2014 In : Psychological Medicine.44, 9, p. 1793-1808
Preventing childhood falls within the home: Overview of systematic reviews and a systematic review of primary studiesYoung, B., Wynn, P., He, Z. & Kendrick, D. 2013 In : Accident Analysis and Prevention.60, p. 158-171
Do personality traits predict individual differences in excitatory and inhibitory learning?He, Z., Cassaday, H. J., Bonardi, C. & Bibby, P. 2013 In : Frontiers in Psychology.4, 00245
When to hold that thought: an experimental study showing reduced inhibition of pre-trained associations in schizophrenia.He, Z., Cassaday, H. J., Park, B. & Bonardi, C. 2012 In : PLoS One.7, p. e42175
Impaired Pavlovian conditioned inhibition in offenders with personality disorders.He, Z., Cassaday, H., Howard, R., Khalifa, N. & Bonardi, C. 2011 In : The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.64, 12, p. 2334-235117 p.
Network meta-analysis to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions to increase the uptake of smoke alarmsCooper, N., Kendrick, D., Achana, F., Dhiman, P., He, Z., Wynn, P., Pillet, E., Saramago, P. & Sutton, A. 2011 In : Epidemiologic Reviews.34, p. 32-45