Staff Profile


Dr Edyta Monika Hunter


School: School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology

Campus: Salomons

Tel: 01227 927117

Profile summary

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

Reviewer roles

Psychiatry Review

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

Research Methods


Social Psychology

Cognitive Psychology

Biological Psychology

Other teaching experience

PhD Representative (Department of Psychology, University of Edinburgh)

Experince of supporting students with disabilities in higher education

Laboratory experience


Skin conductance (SC)

Heart rate (HR)

Electromyography (EMG)


Experiment Builder


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.


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