BSc (First Class Hons) BA PhD
I completed my doctoral training at the University of Edinburgh where I was working on a project designed to examine factors that can contribute to changes in social behaviour in older adults. I have assessed more than 300+ people in Scotland on various neuropsychological and psychometric tests in order to understand better the nature of social and cognitive skill deficits with advancing age. During the years of 2007 to 2011, I held a position of Honorary Researcher for NHS Lothian, where I gained first hand experience working with neurological patients and their families. In my most recent post as Clinical Research Associate (University of Edinburgh), I was responsible for development and evaluation of learning materials designed to assist families and carers of people with dementia, in response to challenging behaviour. I was also directing a consultancy company designed to improve later life through education and specialised services, e.g. memory clinic. Apart from my research and clinical expertise, I am a dedicated teacher and winner of many awards such as University of Edinburgh Teaching Award, Award for Excellence in Project Work and Prize for Best Thesis.
Research and knowledge exchange
Areas of research supervised (Doctorate in Clinical Psychology)
Social and emotional functioning in older adults
Social and emotional functioning in borderline personality disorder
Relationship between general cognitive functioning and social cognition
Effectivness of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for dissociative/non-epileptic seizures
Psychological effects of MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine)
Wellbeing and quality of life in caregiving
Health literacy in older adults
Psychology and Aging
Does health information presented in video benefit older adults’ comprehension more than health information in a written form? Grant funded by CCCU, (£2,868.60), January 2014.
“How do you know what others feel? Psychophysiological study of social cognition and aging”.Two year grant funded by Bial Foundation, (36,000 Euros), 2009-2011.
Univerity of Edinburgh, Department of Psychology Small Research Grants (up to £2,000) : April 2008, December 2008, December 2009, December 2010.
Other small research grants (up to £5,000)
Canterbury Christ Church University, Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology: QR Small Grants Fund
Canterbury Christ Church University, Research & Enterprise Development Centre (RED): Research Internship Scheme Fund
BPS Cognitive Section Bursary
British Neuropsychological Society Grants
Experimental Psychological Society Grants
Guarantors of Brain Bursary
University of Edinburgh Teaching Award 2012
Award for Best Thesis
Award for Excellence in Project Work
Teaching and subject expertise
Other teaching experience
PhD Representative (Department of Psychology, University of Edinburgh)
Experince of supporting students with disabilities in higher education
Skin conductance (SC)
Heart rate (HR)
Membership of professional organisations (past and current)
Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS)
Member of British Psychological Society Cognitive Section
Member of British Psychological Society Division of Neuropsychology
Member of the United Nation Association-UK
Publications and research outputs
Representative publications and presentations
Cavallo, M., Hunter, E.M., van der Hiele, K. & Angilleta, C. (2016). Computerised Structured Cognitive Training in patients affected by early-stage Alzheimer’s Disease is feasible and effective: A Randomised Controlled Study. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology.
Hunter, E.M., Phillips, .H. & MacPherson, S.E. (2016). Where is my key? Where is his key? Perspective taking and social sensitivity of the Key Search task. Cortex, 76, 131-133.
Hunter, E.M. (2014). 'The whole is more than the sum of its parts’: multisensory integration of social information in adult aging. Presentation at the 'Grete Lundbeck European Brain Research Prize 2014', Denmark.
Hunter, E.M., Phillips, L.H., & MacPherson, S.E. (2010). Effects of age on cross modal emotion perception. Psychology and Aging, 25(4), 779–78.
Hunter, E.M., Phillips, L.H. ,& MacPherson, S.E. (2010). Multisensory integration and social cognition in healthy adult aging and stroke patients. Presentation at Aging,Cognition &Emotion Meeting at the University of Aberdeen.
Hunter, E.M., Phillips, L.H., & MacPherson, S.E. (2009). Effects of age on multisensory integration and social interaction. Presentation at 10th International Multisensory Research Forum Meeting at the City College of New York.
Hunter, E.M., Phillips, L.H., & MacPherson, S.E. (2009). Multisensory integration of social cues in healthy adult aging and stroke patients. Presentation at the British Neuropsychological Society Meeting at the Institute of Neurology in London
Hunter, E.M., Phillips, L.H., & MacPherson, S.E. (2009). Multisensory integration of social cues in healthy adult aging. Presentation at the Autumn School in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Oxford
Hunter, E.M., Phillips, L.H., & MacPherson, S.E. (2008). Effects of age on multisensory integration and social interaction. Presentation at the First Meeting of the Federation of the European Societies of Neuropsychology (ESN), Edinburgh.