Dr Jemma Harris

Biography

Jemma holds a PhD in Psychology, which focused on developing a new methodology for the assessment and training of cognitive skills in advanced technology environments. During her PhD candidacy, Jemma received the Best Student Paper Award in the training technical group for the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

Prior to joining ACAP, Jemma held research and teaching roles at Macquarie University and the University of Western Sydney. Jemma has worked with pilots, power controllers, rail controllers, and medical professionals in investigating a range of issues relating to performance, training and assessment.

Journal Articles

  • Harris, J.M., Wiggins, M., Morrison, B., & Morrison, N. (2013). Towards a cognition-based assessment protocol for user-centered design. Proceedings of the 25th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference: Augmentation, Application, Innovation, Collaboration, 135 – 138.
  • Morrison, B., Morrison, M.V., Morton, J., & Harris, J. (2013). Using critical-cue inventories to advance virtual patient technologies in psychological assessment. Proceedings of the 25th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference: Augmentation, Application, Innovation, Collaboration, 531 – 534.
  • Loveday, T., Wiggins, M., Harris, J., Smith, N., & O'Hare, D. (2013). An objective approach to identifying diagnostic expertise amongst power system controllers. Human Factors, 55(1), 90 – 107.
  • Harris, J.M., & Wiggins, M.W. (2008). Polychronicity and information acquisition in pilot decision making, Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making, 2(2), 89 – 104.

Book Chapters

  • Harris, J. M., & Wiggins, M.W., Morrison, B., & Morrison, N. (2014). Differentiating Cognitive Complexity and Cognitive Load in High and Low Demand Flight Simulation Tasks. In T. Wyeld (Ed.), The cognitive effects of spatial interaction, learning and ability (pp.135-138). New York, NY: Springer
  • Harris, J.M., Wiggins, M.W., Taylor, S., & Thomas, M.J.W. (2007). Performance and cognition in dynamic environments. The development of a new tool to assist practitioners. In J.M. Anca (Ed.), Multimodal safety management and human factors (pp. 159-168.). Aldershot, UK: Ashgate. 

Conference Presentations

  • Harris, J. (2014). Unravelling the perfectionist: Implications for performance under conditions of time pressure. Presented to the 17th European Conference on Personality, 15th – 19th July. Lausanne, Switzerland: Institute of Psychology.
  • Harris, J., Morrison, B., & Morrison, N. (2014). Future research and teaching directions for developing psychological critical thinking skills. Presented to the Graduate Psychology Skills Australia Conference, 6th - 7th February, Melbourne, Australia: Graduate Skills Australia.
  • Harris, J., & Morrison, B., Morrison, N. (2013). A little less conversation, a little more action: Using guided discovery to enhance teaching outcomes. Presented to the ACAP 6th Annual Conference, 28th October, Melbourne, Australia: Australian College of Applied Psychology.
  • Harris, J. (2012). A guided discovery approach to preparing our future mental health workforce. Presented to the ACAP 6th Annual Conference, 7th September, Brisbane, Australia: Australian College of Applied Psychology.
  • Loveday, T., Wiggins, M., & Harris, J.M. (2011). The relationship between domain-relevant and abstract assessments of diagnostic reasoning ability. Proceedings of the 55th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 19th - 23rd September 2011. Las Vegas, Nevada: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.
  • Harris, J.M., & Wiggins, M.W. (2010). Feature Acquisition and the Diagnosis of Cognitive Skills. In Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium of the Australian Aviation Psychology Association. Sydney, Australia: Australian Aviation Psychology Association.  
  • Harris, J.M., & Wiggins, M.W. (2010). Feature Acquisition and the Diagnosis of Cognitive Skills. In Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium of the Australian Aviation Psychology Association (p.128). Sydney, Australia: Australian Aviation Psychology Association.  
  • Harris, J.M., & Wiggins, M.W. (2009). How to build cognitive competencies. In Proceedings of the 8th Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference (p. 50). Sydney, Australia: Australian Psychological Society.
  • Harris, J.M., & Wiggins, M.W. (2008). Evaluating cognitive competence: Does eye movement behaviour represent the missing piece of the puzzle? In Proceedings of the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (pp. 2077-2081). New York, New York: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.
  • Harris, J.M., Wiggins, M.W., Thomas, M.J.W., & Taylor, S. (2008). Event-based assessment of cognitive skills in a simulated environment. In Proceedings of the SimTecT 2008 Conference (pp. 134-139). Melbourne: Australia: Simulation Industry Association of Australia. 
  • Harris, J.M., Wiggins, M.W., Thomas, M.J.W., & Taylor, S. (2008). The relationship between cognitive complexity and performance: Implications for the assessment of cognitive skills. Proceedings of the 8th International Symposium of the Australian Aviation Psychology Association. Sydney, Australia: Australian Aviation Psychology Association.

Invited Press Releases

  • O’Conner, T. (2010, November). Fast track to expertise. In the Black for Strategic Business Leaders (A Publication of CPA Australia), 44 – 47.
  • O’Conner, T. (2010, September). Information overload: Can I have your attention please? In the Black for Strategic Business Leaders (A Publication of CPA Australia), 40 – 43.

Research Grants

ACAP Research Grant Scheme (2012)

Research Supervision

  • Masters program 2013
  • Honours program 2013 and ongoing

Research & Scholarships

Research Interests

Jemma's research concerns the relationship between cognition and performance, where the outcomes of which have application to a variety of settings and populations. Specifically, she is interested in the association between performance and a range of information processing factors such as attention, memory, learning, and expertise.

Jemma's research concerns the relationship between cognition and performance, where the outcomes of which have application to a variety of settings and populations. Specifically, she is interested in the association between performance and a range of information processing factors such as attention, memory, learning, and expertise.

Jemma is also interested in developing and validating new tools for the assessment of cognitive skills.

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Teaching

Jemma has experience teaching in a range of units, including: 

Jemma has experience teaching in a range of units, including: 

  • PSYC2062 Personality and Individual Differences (Unit coordinator; Lecturer) - Current
  • PSYC1022 Introduction of Psychology: Individual, Society and Culture (Unit coordinator; Lecturer) - Past
  • PSYC1032 Introduction to Psychology: Biology, Learning and Cognition (Unit coordinator; Lecturer) - Past 
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