Staff Profile

  • 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 at the University of Nottingham (2006-2011). Then, she moved to the Warwick Medical School, the University of Warwick (2011-2013), worked at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London (IoPPN, KCL) as a post-doctoral researcher and module leader for Social and Community Mental Health (MSc programme) (2013-2016), and worked at Aberystwyth University as a lecturer in psychology (2016-2023). Dr. Zhimin He joined the Faculty of Health, Education and Society as a senior lecturer in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) at University of Northampton in January 2023.

    1. 22/23 Dissertation and Research Methods (September Cohort, 2 Terms) (PSYM086-SPR)
    2. 22/23 Child and Adolescent Mental Health (PSY3026-STD)
    3. PSYM132 With Young People in Mind: Clinical, Community or Educational Placement
    4. PSY105 Understanding Children and Young People’s Distress
  • Dr. He is a chartered psychologist specialising in behavioural neuroscience, classical conditioning, individual difference, mHealth in mental health, and systematic reviews. She is clinical-trained and has worked in both community and forensic NHS 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.

    This research was further developed at Warwick Medical School, at the IoPPN, KCL, and Aberystwyth University. The research specializes in mHealth in mental health, in which she aims to understand objective measurements for patients with mental illness; to contribute and develop technology-facilitated, self-management system for the patients; to explore the risk factors, predictions, and preventions for the patients.

  • For publications, projects, datasets, research interests and activities, view Zhimin He’s research profile on Pure, the University of Northampton’s Research Explorer.

  • 2021

    • James Msonda, Zhimin He and Chuan Lu. (2021) Feature Reconstruction Based Channel Selection for Emotion Recognition Using EEG. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Signal Processing in Medicine and Biology (SPMB), 21497588, DOI: 10.1109/SPMB52430.2021.9672258


    • Shon Lewis, John Ainsworth, Caroline Sanders, Matthew Machin, Pauline Whelan, Richard Hopkins, Zhimin He, Eve Applegate, Richard Drake, Charlie Bamford, Chris Roberts, Til Wykes (2020) Smartphone-enhanced symptom management in psychosis: An open, randomised controlled trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 22, No 8, e17019.


    • Matteo Cella, Zhimin He, Clare Killikelly, Łukasz Okruszek, Shon Lewis, Til Wykes (2019). Blending Active and Passive Digital Technology Methods to Improve Symptom Monitoring in Early Psychosis. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 1-5.


    • Shon Lewis, Paolo Fraccaro, John Ainsworth, Matt Machin, Caroline Sanders, Zhimin He, Pauline Whelan, Charlotte Stockton-Powdrell, Richard Hopkins, Til Wykes (2018). A randomised controlled trial of smartphone active symptom monitoring in psychosis. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 44, S106. DOI10.1093/schbul/sby015.261
    • Matteo Cella, Łukasz Okruszek, Megan Lawrence, Valerio Zarlenga, Zhimin He, Til Wykes (2018). Using wearable technology to detect the autonomic signature of illness severity in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 159, 537-542.


    • Clare Killikelly, Zhimin He, Clare Reeder and Til Wykes. (2017). Improving adherence to online and mobile technologies for people with psychosis: a systematic review of new potential predictors of adherence. JMIR mHealth and uHealth.5, 7, e94.


    • Pauline Whelan, Matthew Machin, Shôn Lewis, Iain Buchan, Caroline Sanders, Eve Applegate, Charlotte Stockton, Sally Preston, Robert Andrew Bowen, Zhimin He, Chris Roberts, Linda Davies, Til Wykes, Nicholas Tarrier, Shitij Kapur, John Ainsworth (2015) Mobile early detection and connected intervention to coproduce better care in severe mental illness. MEDINFO 2015: eHealth-enabled Health, 123-126. doi:10.3233/978-1-61499-564-7-123
    • Matthew Broome, Zhimin He, Mashal Iftikhar, Julie Eyden, Steven Marwaha. (2015). Neurobiological and behavioural studies of affective instability in clinical populations: systematic review. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews. 51, 234-254.
    • Lee Hogarth, Zhimin He, Henry W. Chase, Andy J. Wills, Joseph Troisi II, Adam M. Leventhal, Amanda R. Mathew, Brian Hitsman. (2015). Negative mood reverses devaluation of goal-directed drug-seeking favouring an incentive learning account of drug dependence. Journal of Psychopharmacology. 232, 3235-3247.
    • Stephanie Hubbard, Nicola Cooper, Denise Kendrick, Ben Young, Persephone M. Wynn, Zhimin He, Philip Miller, Felix Achana, Alex Sutton. (2015). Network Meta-analysis to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions to prevent falls in children under age 5 years. Injury Prevention. 21, 98-108.


    • Zhimin He, Persephone Wynn, & Denise Kendrick. (2014) Non-resuscitative first-aid training for children and lay people: a systematic review. Emergency Medicine Journal. 31, 763-768.
    • Steven Marwaha, Zhimin He, Matthew Broome, Swaran Singh, Jan Scott, Julie Eyden, & Dieter Wolke. (2014). How is affective instability defined and measured: A systematic review. Psychological Medicine. 44, 1793-1808.


    • Zhimin He, Helen J. Cassaday, Charlotte Bonardi, & Peter Bibby. (2013). Do personality traits predict individual differences in excitatory and inhibitory learning? Frontiers in Psychology, 4, 245.
    • Ben Young, Persephone Wynn, Zhimin He, & Denise Kendrick. (2013). Preventing childhood falls within the home: Overview of systematic reviews and a systematic review of primary studies. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 60, 158-171.


    • Zhimin He, Helen J. Cassaday, Bert G. Park, & Charlotte Bonardi. (2012). When to hold that thought: an experimental study showing reduced inhibition of pre-trained associations in schizophrenia. PLoS ONE, 7, e42175
    • Nicola J Cooper, Denise Kendrick, Felix Achana, Paula Dhiman, Zhimin He, Persephone Wynn, Elodie Pillet, Pedro Saramago, & Alex J Sutton. (2012). Network meta-analysis to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions to increase the uptake of smoke alarms. Epidemiologic Reviews, 34, 32-45.


    • Zhimin He, Helen J. Cassaday, Richard C. Howard, Najat Khalifa, & Charlotte Bonardi. (2011). Impaired Pavlovian conditioned inhibition in offenders with personality disorders. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 64, 2334-2351.