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Keith Harris

Coordinator Doctor of Health (Medicine)

MSP, Hobart CBD Campuses

6226 7783 (phone)

K.Harris@utas.edu.au

Dr Harris lectures and conducts research in the School of Medicine at UTAS. He is also an Adjunct Senior Fellow with the School of Psychology, University of Queensland, Australia. His work is closely aligned with UTas priorities for Better Health, through improved prevention, treatment, policies and linking services for health problems. He has an extensive background in mental health, psychology, eHealth, global health and related areas.

Two key areas of his interests are: Online Behaviors (particularly those related to health and mental health), and Measurement. Dr Harris is leading improvement in the measurement and evaluation of complex constructs such as suicidality and interpersonal relationship development. He combines psychometrics with other quantitative and qualitative analyses to better define and understand real-world issues. He also utilises epidemiological and other approaches to improve knowledge and understanding of contemporary health problems, with particular reference to information technologies.

Biography

Dr Harris has lectured and led research at universities in Australia, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, and the USA. His work and travel around the world has led to a broad international perspective on a number of areas, including the need to collaborate with both professionals and local advocates. Global experiences have provided Keith with a wide range of ideas and approaches to academic pursuits – including education, research, and collaboration. He is guided by a desire to improve methods and outcomes in all areas of his work.

Keith’s degrees are in psychology – but with a broad and translational-applied approach. His research collaborations include work with leading academics in Australia, the USA, Singapore, China, and several other countries. Dr Harris has worked with governmental and non-governmental agencies on better mental health, improving education, and progressing on social issues.

Career summary

Qualifications

Degree

Thesis title

University

Country

Date

PhD

Suicidal Tendencies Online

University of Queensland

Australia

02/2009

MA

Commuting attitudes and behaviors

Claremont Graduate University

USA

 

BS

 

Michigan State University

USA

Languages (other than English)

Japanese

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Australian Psychological Society
  • Association for Psychological Science
  • International Academy of Suicide Research
  • NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention
  • Public Health Association of Australia

Administrative expertise

  • Managing research projects, large and small
  • Developing and managing international collaborations
  • Developing university courses
  • Developing university degree programs
  • International student support and outreach

Teaching

Public Health; Psychology; Mental Health; Psychopathology; Needs Assessment and Program Evaluation; Epidemiology; Clinical Assessment; Suicidology

Teaching expertise

Dr Harris has over 20 years of teaching experience at the university level. The courses he has taught include: Psychopathology; Program Evaluation; Statistics; Epidemiology; Clinical Assessment; Suicidology; Social Cognition; Health Psychology; Linguistics, etc.

Dr Harris has developed and taught several courses in Psychology and other disciplines at the undergraduate, honours, and postgraduate levels. He has also led the development of a new postgraduate psychology program. That includes work at the undergraduate, honours, and postgraduate levels. In addition to general teaching duties, Dr Harris enjoys supervising honours and postgraduate students on research projects of mutual interest.

Teaching responsibility

Dr Harris coordinates the professional Doctor of Health (Medicine) degree for the Faculty of Health. He also teaches Needs Assessment and Evaluation for Public Health, and has assisted with Introduction to Epidemiology

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Expertise

  • eHealth
  • Online behaviors
  • Help-seeking
  • Social support
  • Psychometrics
  • Scale development
  • Testing and evaluation
  • Suicide prevention
  • Epidemiology
  • Theory development and evaluation

Research Themes

Dr Harris has been very active in several research areas. One crucial aspect has been on improving the definitions and measurement of complex human constructs – such as suicidality, hospital procedures, and relationship development. Mental health factors are still poorly understood, though they play an enormous role in public health. His work on improving our abilities to evaluate mental attributes, as well as related risk and protective factors, has led to better understanding and helping those in need obtain the assistance they require.

Keith’s research areas include:

  • Suicidality (risk) assessment (as well as risk and protective factors)
  • Acute care/hospital procedures
  • Online behaviors – for personal health and mental health, also relationship development, problematic internet behaviors (sometimes referred to as ‘internet addiction’)
  • Psychosocial assessment – improving measurement is crucial to improving understanding and making real-world impacts
  • Help-seeking, particularly online help-seeking
  • Social support as a protective factor and human need
  • The epidemiology of mental health and general health problems
  • Ethics in psychosocial research
  • Media portrayals of mental health factors

Dr Harris enjoys collaborating with researchers worldwide who emphasize quality and validity in their work. His students regularly publish their findings in peer reviewed journals and professional conferences.

He is currently looking for more PhD students from Australia and worldwide.

Current projects

Development and testing of the Chinese Suicidal Affect-Behavior-Cognition Scale (C-SABCS); the UTAS student gambling study; State-sponsored skilled migrants in Tasmania: Investigating the factors and contexts influencing and shaping the decisions to stay in Tasmania; Barriers to health for immigrants in Tasmania; and several student-led projects related to public health and mental health.

Fields of Research

  • Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology) (170101)
  • Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
  • Mental Health (111714)
  • Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
  • Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis (170110)
  • Psychiatry (incl. Psychotherapy) (110319)
  • Studies in Human Society (169999)
  • Race and Ethnic Relations (160803)

Research Objectives

  • Mental Health Services (920209)
  • Teaching and Instruction Technologies (930203)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences (970117)
  • Health and Support Services (920299)
  • Behaviour and Health (920401)

Publications

Dr Harris is always collaborating and always writing. His contributions include a state-of-the-art suicide risk assessment tool – the Suicidal Affect-Behavior-Cognition Scale (SABCS), and a unique measure of relationship development – the Online Relationship Initiation Scale (ORIS). Other works include a randomized controlled trial on suicide assessments, analyses of student and instructor attitudes toward online learning, and improving epidemiological efforts in developing countries (e.g., Cambodia, Thailand).

Total publications

21

Highlighted publications

(4 outputs)
YearTypeCitationAltmetrics
2017Journal ArticleHarris KM, Goh MTT, 'Is suicide assessment harmful to participants? Findings from a randomized controlled trial', International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 26, (2) pp. 181-190. ISSN 1445-8330 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/inm.12223 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

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2016Journal ArticleHarris KM, Aboujaoude E, 'Online Friendship, Romance, and Sex: Properties and Associations of the Online Relationship Initiation Scale', CyberPsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, 19, (8) pp. 487-493. ISSN 2152-2715 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1089/cyber.2016.0164 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

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2016Journal ArticleSeward AL, Harris KM, 'Offline Versus Online Suicide-Related Help Seeking: Changing Domains, Changing Paradigms', Journal of Clinical Psychology, 72, (6) pp. 606-620. ISSN 0021-9762 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/jclp.22282 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 4

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2015Journal ArticleHarris KM, Syu J, Lello OD, Chew YLE, Willcox H, et al., 'The ABC's of suicide risk assessment: applying a tripartite approach to individual evaluations', PLoS One, 10, (6) Article e0127442. ISSN 1932-6203 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0127442 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14Web of Science - 13

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Journal Article

(21 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Choo CC, Harris K, Chew KH, Ho RC, 'Does ethnicity matter in risk and protective factors for suicide attempts and suicide lethality?', PLoS One, 12, (4) Article e0175752. ISSN 1932-6203 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0175752 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

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2017Harris K, Bettiol S, 'Exposure to suicidal behaviors: A common suicide risk factor or a personal negative life event?', International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 63, (1) pp. 70-77. ISSN 0020-7640 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/0020764016682361 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Bettiol S

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2017Harris KM, Goh MTT, 'Is suicide assessment harmful to participants? Findings from a randomized controlled trial', International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 26, (2) pp. 181-190. ISSN 1445-8330 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/inm.12223 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

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2017Harris KM, Lello OD, Wilcox CH, 'Reevaluating Suicidal Behaviors: Comparing Assessment Methods to Improve Risk Evaluations', Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 39, (1) pp. 128-139. ISSN 0882-2689 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10862-016-9566-6 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 1

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2017Harris KM, Starcevic V, Ma J, Zhang W, Aboujaoude E, 'Suicidality, psychopathology, and the internet: Online time vs. online behaviors', Psychiatry Research, 255 pp. 341-346. ISSN 0165-1781 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2017.06.012 [eCite] [Details]

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2017Zhang MW, Hong YX, Hussain SF, Harris K, Ho RC, 'Analysis of print news media framing of ketamine treatment in the United States and Canada from 2000 to 2015', PloS one, 12, (3) Article e0173202. ISSN 1932-6203 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0173202 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

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2017Choo CC, Harris K, Chew PKH, Ho RC, 'What predicts medical lethality of suicide attempts in Asian youths?', Asian Journal of Psychiatry, 29 pp. 136-141. ISSN 1876-2018 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ajp.2017.05.008 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

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2016Harris KM, Aboujaoude E, 'Online Friendship, Romance, and Sex: Properties and Associations of the Online Relationship Initiation Scale', CyberPsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, 19, (8) pp. 487-493. ISSN 2152-2715 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1089/cyber.2016.0164 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

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2016Harris KM, Phelan L, McBain B, Archer J, Drew AJ, et al., 'Attitudes toward learning oral communication skills online: the importance of intrinsic interest and student-instructor differences', Educational Technology Research and Development, 64 pp. 591-609. ISSN 1042-1629 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11423-016-9435-8 [eCite] [Details]

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2016Harris KM, Thandraven J, Samphoas C, Se P, Lewchalermwongse B, et al., 'Estimating Suicide Rates in Developing Nations: A Low-Cost Newspaper Capture-Recapture Approach in Cambodia', Asia-Pacific journal of public health / Asia-Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health, 28, (3) pp. 262-70. ISSN 1010-5395 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1010539516634186 [eCite] [Details]

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2016Ma J, Zhang W, Harris K, Chen Q, Xu X, 'Dying online: live broadcasts of Chinese emerging adult suicides and crisis response behaviors', BMC Public Health, 16 Article 774. ISSN 1471-2458 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1186/s12889-016-3415-0 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1

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2016McBain B, Drew A, James C, Phelan L, Harris KM, et al., 'Student experience of oral communication assessment tasks online from a multi-disciplinary trial', Education and Training, 58, (2) pp. 134 - 149. ISSN 0040-0912 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1108/ET-10-2014-0124 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1

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2016Pasculli AJ, Harris KM, 'Suicidal women may risk their lives but not their social relationships', Clinical Psychologist pp. 1-9. ISSN 1328-4207 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/cp.12103 [eCite] [Details]

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2016Seward AL, Harris KM, 'Offline Versus Online Suicide-Related Help Seeking: Changing Domains, Changing Paradigms', Journal of Clinical Psychology, 72, (6) pp. 606-620. ISSN 0021-9762 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/jclp.22282 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 4

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2016Thornton LK, Harris KM, Baker AL, Johnson M, Kay-Lambkin FJ, 'Recruiting for addiction research via Facebook', Drug and Alcohol Review, 35, (4) pp. 494-502. ISSN 0959-5236 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/dar.12305 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3

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2016Zhang MW, Harris KM, Ho RC, 'Is off-label repeat prescription of ketamine as a rapid antidepressant safe? Controversies, ethical concerns, and legal implications', BMC medical ethics, 17, (4) pp. 1-8. ISSN 1472-6939 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1186/s12910-016-0087-3 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 9

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2015Harris KM, Syu J, Lello OD, Chew YLE, Willcox H, et al., 'The ABC's of suicide risk assessment: applying a tripartite approach to individual evaluations', PLoS One, 10, (6) Article e0127442. ISSN 1932-6203 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0127442 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14Web of Science - 13

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2014Harris KM, McLean JP, Sheffield J, 'Suicidal and Online: How Do Online Behaviors Inform Us of This High-Risk Population?', Death Studies, 38, (6) pp. 387-394. ISSN 0748-1187 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/07481187.2013.768313 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 9

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2013Harris KM, 'Sexuality and Suicidality: Matched-Pairs Analyses Reveal Unique Characteristics in Non-Heterosexual Suicidal Behaviors', Archives of Sexual Behavior: An Interdisciplinary Research Journal, 42, (5) pp. 729-37. ISSN 0004-0002 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10508-013-0112-2 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4

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2010Harris KM, McLean JP, Sheffield J, Jobes D, 'The internal suicide debate hypothesis: exploring the life versus death struggle', Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 40, (2) pp. 181-92. ISSN 0363-0234 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1521/suli.2010.40.2.181 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 17

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2009Harris KM, McLean JP, Sheffield J, 'Examining Suicide-Risk Individuals Who Go Online for Suicide-Related Purposes', Archives of Suicide Research, 13, (3) pp. 264-276. ISSN 1381-1118 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/13811110903044419 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 46Web of Science - 41

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

1

Total funding

$22,525

Projects

International students and gambling (2017)$22,525
Description
This project will use a survey and semi-structured interviews to investigate the gambling behaviours of international students in Tasmania. Theresearch team will also communicate findings of the research to organisations that support and represent the health and wellbeing interests ofmigrants and international students in Tasmania. Research themes to investigate: What are the rates of gambling, including rates of problem gambling amongst students in Tasmania? What types of gambling are most popular amongst that cohort? How much and how frequently are international students betting? What are the financial and other implications of their gambling? What are the risk factors that increase the likelihood of problem gambling amongst international students?
Funding
Department of Health and Human Services Tasmania ($22,525)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Mond JM; Cooling NB; Fan S; Harris K; Turnock AC; Presser J; Errey JA; Bridgman H
Year
2017

Research Supervision

Current

2

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDMultimorbidity and Service Integration - Improving mental health services in Tasmania2016
PhDWhat Effect Will the Australian "My Health Record" Have on Consumers?2017