Aimee McKinnon

Research group:
Developmental & health psychology
029 208 70469
58, Park Place

Research summary

My research is concerned with psychological trauma, visual perception and visual cognition. I am interested in how a traumatic experience can impact on sensory sensitivity and hypervigilance, particularly in individuals with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I am currently developing experiments to assess whether a measure of these two components (perceptual sensitivity and the detection of threat) could be used as an indicator of PTSD symptom frequency and/or severity. I will be assessing the potential for the use of such a measure in Personality Disorder, specifically Borderline Personality Disorder, as viewed as a form of complex PTSD. A long term aim of this research project is to assess whether neurobiological models of personality and individual differences in sensitivity can predict a specific vulnerability to trauma and stress related disorders.

Teaching summary

2014 – Statistics demonstrator for the Doctorate of Clinical Psychology. Assisting with single case research design, quantitative methods, and psychological testing research modules.

Selected publications (2014 onwards)


Full list of publications


Research topics and related papers

Research topics include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Personality Disorder, visual perception, contrast sensitivity, visual psychophysics, attentional bias and neurobiological models of personality.


2014-2017: Pastoral Healthcare Ltd. and the Royal Masonic Trust fund

Research group

Developmental & health psychology (mental health)

Research collaborators

Professor Nicola Gray, Consultant Clinical & Forensic Psychologist, and Head of Psychology for Pastoral Healthcare

Undergraduate education

2009 – 2013: Cardiff University, Psychology with Placement BSc, First Class (Hons)

Awards/external committees

2013: Stuart Diamond Memorial Prize for undergraduate research (supervised by Dr Chris Chambers)


2011 – Present: Pastoral Healthcare, Department of Psychology, Ty Catrin Personality Disorder service, research assistant and assistant psychologist
2011 – Present: Wales Applied Risk Research Network (WARRN) and Graystone Training, administrative assistant for the provision of professional risk assessment training (e.g. HCR-20, PCL-R, RoSP, Risk formulation, etc.)
October 2013 – April 2014: Research assistant for the validation of a structured professional judgement tool, the Risk of Suicide Protocol (RoSP, Snowden & Gray, 2012)