Professor Lynne Harris

Professor Lynne Harris

School:

School of Psychological Sciences

Position:

Professor and Head, School of Psychological Sciences

Qualifications:

PhD (UNSW),
Master of Psycholgy (Clinical) (Hons) (UNSW),
Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Hons) (UNSW)

Contact Detail:

+61 2 9964 6321 Lynne.Harris@acap.edu.au

Professor Lynne Harris is Head of the School of Psychological Sciences and coordinated the professional psychology programs until 2015. She also chairs the College Research and Scholarship Committee. From 1991 to 2009 she was employed at the University of Sydney, where she served as Associate Professor and Head of School, Behavioural and Community Health Sciences, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies and Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching. During this time she worked extensively in areas of curriculum development and evaluation, and developed an ongoing interest in applications of psychological theory and findings to the broader health context. She has been a registered psychologist since 1991 (endorsed in clinical psychology) and has been a consultant to the University of Sydney Anxiety Disorders Clinic since 2002. She is the author of more than 70 book chapters, reports and journal articles in areas of psychology, health and education.

Research

Current research interests include characteristics of binge eating disorder; barriers associated with access to treatment; cognitive function and anxiety (particularly prospective memory, working memory and attention); clinical significance of problematic technology use; psychology education.

Teaching

  • Teaching and research supervision in areas of health psychology, psychopathology and applied research methodology.
  • Coordinator of PSYC3022 Psychopathology
  • Coordinator of PSYC5022 Psychology, Health and Wellbeing

Research & Scholarships

Journal Articles

Publications since 2005

Publications since 2005

  • Kong, P., & Harris, L. M. (2015). The Sporting Body: Body Image and Eating Disorder Symptomatology Among Female Athletes from Leanness Focused and Non-Leanness Focused Sports. The Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied, 149(2), 141-160.
  • McPherson, A. & Harris, L.M. (2015). Mindfulness, explicit and implicit alcohol expectancies in alcohol dependent and non-alcohol dependent adults. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 13, 457-469.
  • Gentle, M., Harris, L.M. & Jones, M. (2014). The Barriers to Seeking Treatment for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in an Australian Population. Behaviour Change, 31, 258-278.
  • Arlington-Watt, M. & Harris, L.M. (2014). Eight week group intervention for Binge Eating Disorder: Early findings. Proceedings of the Eating Disorders and Obesity Conference, 2-19. Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association ISBN: 978-1-922232-12-0
  • Harris, L.M., Matthews, L.R., Penrose-Wall, J., Alam, A., & Jaworski, A. (2014). Perspectives on barriers to employment for job seekers with mental illness and additional substance use problems. Health & Social Care in the Community, 22, 67-77.
  • Matthews, L.R., Harris, L.M., Alam, A., Bozdag, G, & Jaworski, A. (2013). Function, health and psychosocial needs in job-seekers with anxiety, mood, and psychotic disorders that access disability employment services. WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation.
  • Matthews, L. Harris, L.M., Jaworski, A., Alam, A. & Bozdag, G. (2013). Function in job seekers with mental illness and drug and alcohol problems who access community based disability employment services. Disability and Rehabilitation, 35, 460-467.
  • McPherson, A. & Harris, L.M. (2013). Implicit and Explicit Attitudes to Alcohol in Alcohol Dependent and Non-Alcohol Dependent Samples. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment. 35(3), 389-393.
  • Harris, L.M. & Cranney, J. (2012). Event-based Prospective Memory and OCD Intrusive Obsessional Thoughts. Australian Journal of Psychology, 64, 235-242.
  • Jakymin, A. & Harris, L.M. (2012) Self-focused Attention and Social Anxiety. Australian Journal of Psychology, 64, 61–67.
  • Jones, M., Harris, L.M. & Vaccaro, L. (2012). The Efficacy of Self-Administered Danger Ideation Reduction Therapy for a 50-year Old Woman with a 20 Year History of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Case Study. International Journal of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, 1, 8-13.
  • Foster, L., Harris, L.M. & Black, D. (2011). Preference for Mode of Delivery of Cognitive Behavior Therapy in Social Anxiety. The Journal of Cybertherapy & Rehabilitation, 4, 351-361.
  • Davey, Z., Jones, M., & Harris, L.M. (2011). A comparison of eating disorder symptomatology between women who have attended single sex and coeducational high schools. Sex Roles, 65, 751-759.
  • Penkala,. S., Harris, L.M., Hunt, A. & Naughton, G. (2011). Children’s shoe styles and parent decisions to fit shoes with store staff assistance. Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, 4(Suppl 1), O35.
  • Harris, L.M., Vaccarro, L., Jones, M.K. Boots, G. (2010). Prospective memory in obsessive compulsive checking. Behaviour Change, 27, 84–92.
  • Withall, A., Harris, L.M. & Cumming, S.R. (2010). A longitudinal study of cognitive function in melancholic and non-melancholic subtypes of major depressive disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders, 123, 150-157.
  • Harris, L.M., Driscoll, P., Lewis, M., Mathews, L., Russell, C., & Cumming, S. (2009). Implementing Curriculum Evaluation: Case Study of a Generic Undergraduate Degree in Health Sciences. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education. 1469-297X.
  • Harris, L.M., Jones, M.K. & Carey, C. (2009). Characteristics of BII fears in people receiving intravenous chemotherapy. Current Psychology, 28, 124-132.
  • Harkness, E., Harris, L.M., Jones, M.K. & Vaccarro, L. (2009). No Evidence of Attentional Bias in Obsessive Compulsive Checking on the Dot Probe Paradigm. Behaviour, Research, and Therapy, 47, 437-443.
  • Withall, A., Harris, L.M. & Cumming, S.R. (2009). The relationship between cognitive function and clinical and functional outcomes in major depressive disorder. Psychological Medicine, 39, 393-402.
  • Mathews, L., Harris, L.M. & Cumming, S.R. (2009). Trauma-related appraisals and coping styles of injured adults with and without symptoms of PTSD and their relationship to work potential. Disability and Rehabilitation, 31(19), 1577-1583.
  • Harris, L.M., Lewis, M., Driscoll, P, West, S. & Brown, L. (2009). Student experience in combined and accelerated Master level programs. In H. Wozniak & S. Bartoluzzi (Eds.) Proceedings of the 32nd HERDSA Annual Conference: The Student Experience (pp. 183-190). Darwin, 6-9 July.
  • Lee, T., Kilbreath, S., Sullivan, G., Refshauge, K., Beith, J. & Harris, L.M. . (2009). Factors that affect intention to avoid strenuous arm activity after breast cancer surgery. Oncology Nursing Forum, 36, 1-10.
  • O’Reilly T., Hunt, A., Thomas, B., Harris, L. & Burns, J. (2009). Effects of ankle foot orthoses for children with hemiplegia on weight-bearing and functional ability. Pediatric Physical Therapy, 21(3), 225-234.
  • Pishyar, R. Harris, L.M., & Menzies, R.G. (2008). Responsiveness of measures of attentional bias to clinical change in social phobia, Cognition & Emotion, 22, 1209-1227.
  • Harris, L.M., Cumming, S.R. & Moore, K. (2007). Stress and Cognitive Errors Among Allied Health Professionals. In P. Roussi, E. Vasilaki, K. Kaniasty, & J. D. Barker (Eds.). Proceedings of the 27th Stress and Anxiety Research Society Conference, 133-140.
  • Harris, L.M., Mathews, L. Everingham, F. & Lewis, M. (2007). Developing Interdisciplinary Learning in an Undergraduate Generic Health Science Degree, Focus on Health Professional Education: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 8, 16-26.
  • Harris, L.M., Cumming, S.R. & Campbell, A. (2006). Stress and Psychological Well-being Among Allied Health Professionals, Journal of Allied Health, 35, 198-207.
  • Harris, L.M., Heard, R. & Everingham, F. (2005). Health science curriculum reform: outcome evaluation. Research and Development in Higher Education, 28, 167-174.
  • Carey, C. & Harris, L.M. (2005). The origins of blood-injection fear/phobia in cancer patients undergoing intravenous chemotherapy. Behaviour Change, 22, 85-90.
  • • Withall A., Harris L.M. & Cumming S. (2005). Executive dysfunction predicts poor psychosocial outcome three months after recovery from Major Depressive Disorder. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 39(S2), A7.
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Book chapters

Book chapters since 2000

Book chapters since 2000

  • Harris, L.M. (2004). Asking Quantitative Research Questions. In. V. Minichello, R. Axford, K. Greenwood, & G. Sullivan (Ed.s) Handbook of Research Methods in Health, 2nd edition. Addison-Wesley. Sydney.
  • Heard, R. & Harris, L.M.. (2004). Experimental, Quasi-experimental, and Correlational Quantitative Research Designs. In. V. Minichello, R. Axford, K. Greenwood, & G. Sullivan (Ed.s) Handbook of Research Methods in Health, 2nd edition. Addison-Wesley. Sydney.
  • Harris, L.M. & Heard, R. (2004). Using Multivariate Analysis. In. V. Minichello, R. Axford, K. Greenwood, & G. Sullivan (Ed.s) Handbook of Research Methods in Health, 2nd edition. Addison-Wesley. Sydney.
  • Harris, L.M. & Menzies, R.G. (2003). Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Training, Resources and Service Provision. In R.G. Menzies and P. De Silva (Eds). Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Theory, Research and Treatment. Wiley & Son Ltd.
  • Menzies, R.G., & Harris, L.M. (2001). Non-Associative Factors in the Development of Phobias. In M.W. Vasey and M.R. Dadds (Eds). The Developmental Psychopathology of Anxiety. Oxford University Press.
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Research Grants

Grants since 2005

Grants since 2005

  • Harris, L.M. and Jones, M.K. (2013). Attention to internal and external anxiety-related cues in social anxiety disorder. Australian College of Applied Psychology internal grants scheme, $6,405.
  • Harris, L.M., Lewis, M., West, S., Mathews, L. & Cumming, S. (2009-2010). Navigating the transition: Strategies to support the student experience in combined and accelerated Master level professional preparation programs in allied health and nursing. University of Sydney Teaching Improvement & Equipment Scheme, $48,683.
  • Wortman, M., & Newland, E, (CARE Employment), Harris, L.M. & Mathews, L. (University of Sydney); (2009-2010). Working with barriers: supporting employment participation for people with psychiatric diagnoses and additional drug and alcohol problems. Mental Health Coordinating Council NGO Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Research Grants Program. $131, 543.
  • Harris, L.M., Lewis, M., West, S. & Brown, L. (2008-2009). Achieving a match between declared and delivered curriculum. University of Sydney Teaching Improvement & Equipment Scheme, $124000.
  • Harris, L.M., Cumming, S.R., Mathews, L., Madden, R. & Russell, C. (2007-2008). Implementing and Evaluating Major Curriculum Change at the University of Sydney: The Bachelor of Health Sciences. University of Sydney Teaching Improvement & Equipment Scheme, $66424.
  • Smith, R., Hunt, A., Harris, L.M. & Naughton, G. (2004-2007). Children Walking Well. ARC Linkage Grant. $320,634.
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Conference Presentations

Conferences since 2010

Conferences since 2010

  • McKenzie, J. & Harris, L.M. (2015). Binge Eating Symptomatology, BMI, and Health. 13th Annual Australia & New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED) Conference, Gold Coast, 21-22 August.
  • Harris, L.M. (2015). Memory and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Checking. 36th Annual Conference of the Stress and Anxiety Research Society (STAR), Tel Aviv, 29-06-15 to 2-07-15.
  • Kocijan, L. & Harris, L.M. (2015). Fear of positive evaluation and social anxiety. 36th Annual Conference of the Stress and Anxiety Research Society (STAR), Tel Aviv, 29-06-15 to 2-07-15.
  • Mariaca, M. & Harris, L.M. (2015). Informal Carers in Australia: Awareness of and Access to Services to Support Mental Health and Wellbeing. 36th Annual Conference of the Stress and Anxiety Research Society (STAR), Tel Aviv, 29-06-15 to 2-07-15.
  • Kong, P. & Harris, L.M. (2014). Checking in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: An Examination of the Interrelation of Prospective Memory, Dysfunctional Beliefs, and Confidence in Memory. 49th APS Annual Conference, Hobart 30 September - 3 October.
  • Harris, L.M. (2014). The Future of Professional Psychology Education: Key Drivers and International Perspectives. In F. Martin, L.M. Harris, J. Bryan, M. Tuckey, R.Ranzijn, C. Balfour, E. Pearson, R. Hayward & K. Lushington. Evidence based teaching of psychology, Symposium, 28th International Congress of Applied Psychology, Paris, 8-13 July.
  • Gentle, M., Harris, L.M. & Jones, M. (2014). The Effectiveness of Self-Administered Danger Ideation Reduction Therapy for a 33-year old Woman with Obsessive-Compulsive Washing: A Case Study. Electronic poster, 28th International Congress of Applied Psychology, Paris, 8-13 July.
  • Harris, L.M. & Arlington-Watt, M. (2014). Eight week group intervention for Binge Eating Disorder: Early findings. Eating Disorders and Obesity Conference: A Shared Approach, Gold Coast, 26-27 May.
  • Kocijan, L. & Harris, L.M. (2013). Fear of Positive Evaluation as a Cognitive Mediator of Social Anxiety. 6th Annual ACAP Conference: The Value(s) of Evidence Based Practice and Practice Based Evidence in the Helping professions, Melbourne, Australia, 28 October.
  • Mahintorabi, S., Jones, M., Harris, L.M. & Zahiredin, A. (2013). The impact of religion on OCD washing among Iranian Muslim Women. 36th National Conference of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy: Innovations in Australasian Mental Health Care,. Adelaide, 24-27 October
  • McPherson, A. & Harris, L.M. (2013). Implicit and Explicit Attitudes to Alcohol in Alcohol Dependent and Non-Alcohol Dependent Samples. 36th National Conference of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy: Innovations in Australasian Mental Health Care, Adelaide, 24-27 October.
  • Cheung, M. & Harris, L.M. (2013). Predictors of Problematic Use of Electronic Media. 36th National Conference of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy: Innovations in Australasian Mental Health Care, Adelaide, 24-27 October.
  • Kong, P. & Harris, L.M. (2013). Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Checking and Prospective Memory Performance. 36th National Conference of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy: Innovations in Australasian Mental Health Care, Adelaide, 24-27 October.
  • Gentle, M., Harris, L.M. & Jones, M. (2013). Barriers to treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). 36th National Conference of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy: Innovations in Australasian Mental Health Care, Adelaide, 24-27 October.
  • Harris, L.M. (2013). Subscales of the Obsessive Compulsive Inventory-Revised and Event-based Prospective Memory, 13th European Congress of psychology, Stockholm, 9-12 July.
  • D’Rozario, P. & Harris, L.M. (2013). The relationship between reliance on external prospective memory aids and prospective memory performance. 2nd Annual International Conference on Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology, Singapore, 25-26 February. 
  • Harris, L.M. & Jones, M. (2012). Prospective Memory and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Checking. ACAP 5th Annual Conference: Mind over Matter in Mental Health - Implications for professional training and professional practice, Brisbane, 7 September.
  • Kong, P. & Harris, L.M. (2012). Body Image and Eating Disorder Symptomatology Among Female Athletes. AACBT 35th National Conference, Gold Coast, 17 - 21 October.
  • Harris, L.M. & Cranney, J. (2012). Event-based Prospective Memory and OCD Intrusive Obsessional Thoughts. InPACT Conference, Lisbon 24-26 May.
  • Kong, P. & Harris, L.M. (2011). Perfectionism and eating disorder symptomatology among elite and recreational female athletes from leanness and non-leanness focused sports. 9th Annual ANZAED Conference, Sydney 26-27 August. 
  • Jakymin, A. & Harris, L.M. (2011). Self-focused attention and social anxiety. 34th National Conference of the AACBT, Sydney 26-30 October.
  • Harris, L.M. (2011). Learning-oriented assessment for future-oriented learning. 46th Annual APS Conference, Canberra 4-8 October.
  • Harris, L.M., Vaccarro, L., Jones, M.K. Boots, G. (2010). Evidence of Impaired Event-based Prospective Memory in Clinical Obsessive Compulsive Checking. 27th International Congress of Applied Psychology, Melbourne, Australia, July 11-16.
  • Harris, L.M., Matthews, L.R., Alam, A., & Jaworski, A. (2010).Working with barriers: A comparison of job seekers with mental health problems with and without additional drug and alcohol problems. 27th International Congress of Applied Psychology, Melbourne, Australia, July 11-16.
  • Harris, L.M., Alam, A., & Jaworski, A., Matthews, L.R., Penrose-Wall, J & Fairall, S. (2010).Working with barriers: Understanding the experiences of jobseekers with mental illness with and without additional drug or alcohol use issues. Outside In: Research into Practice Conference and Research Showcase (MHCC and NADA), Sydney 6-7.
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Research Supervision

Student supervision since 2010

Student supervision since 2010

  • ThS Thái Thanh Trúc, PhD (University of Sydney, currently enrolled)
  • Joanne Pullman, MPsych(Clin) (ACAP, currently enrolled)
  • Nasreen Yasin, MPsych(Clin) (ACAP, currently enrolled)
  • Jessica Roberts, MPsych(Clin) (ACAP, currently enrolled)
  • Milica Kecmanovic, BPsychSc(Hons) (ACAP, currently enrolled)
  • Chris Gilbert, BPsychSc(Hons) (ACAP, currently enrolled)
  • Stephanie Costa, BPsychSc(Hons) (ACAP, completed)
  • Amanda Georges, BPsychSc(Hons) (ACAP, completed)
  • Michele Benson, MPsych(Clin) (ACAP, completed)
  • Patrick Ringland, MPsych(Clin) (ACAP, completed)
  • Clare Russell-Williams , MPsych(Clin) (ACAP, completed)
  • Jennifer McKenzie, MPsych(Clin) (ACAP, completed)
  • Cecilia Mariaca, MPsych(Clin) (ACAP, completed)
  • Lara Kocijan, MPsych(Clin) (ACAP, completed)
  • Mary Arlington-Watt, MPsych(Clin) (ACAP, completed)
  • Peiling Kong, MPsych(Clin) (ACAP, completed)
  • Andrew McPherson, MPsych(Clin) (ACAP, completed)
  • Melissa Gentle, MPsych(Clin) (ACAP, completed)
  • David Merrick, MPsych(Clin) (ACAP, completed)
  • Michelle Hourigan, BPsychSc(Hons) (ACAP, completed)
  • Michael Cheung, BPsychSc(Hons) (ACAP, completed)
  • Pauline D’Rozario, BPsychSc(Hons) (ACAP, completed)
  • Nawal Bah, BPsychSc(Hons) (ACAP, completed)
  • Carl Beattie, BPsychSc(Hons) (ACAP, completed)
  • Peiling Kong, BPsychSc(Hons) (ACAP, completed)
  • Andrew McPherson, BPsychSc(Hons) (ACAP, completed)
  • Marrianne Torres, BPsychSc(Hons) (ACAP, completed)
  • Jo Whiddon, BPsychSc(Hons) (ACAP, completed)
  • Somayeh Mahintorabi, PhD (University of Sydney, completed)
  • Reza Pishyar, PhD. (University of Sydney, completed)
  • Stefania Penkala, PhD (University of Sydney, completed)
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Professional Accreditation

  • Registered psychologist
  • Member, APS College of Clinical Psychology
  • Member, Australian Psychological Society
  • Member, Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy
  • Member, Higher Education Research & Development Society of Australasia
  • Member, International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP)
  • Member, Mental Health Professionals Network (MHPN)
  • Honorary Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney.