Keith Harris

Professors and Lecturers

Dr Keith Harris

PhD, Psychology, The University of Queensland, 2009. Thesis topic: Suicide and the Internet, MA, Social Psychology, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA USA, BS, Psychology, Michigan State University, E. Lansing, MI, USA

Senior Lecturer
Port Macquarie

Keith’s degrees are in psychology – but with a broad and translational/applied approach. His research collaborations include work with academics in Australia, the USA, Singapore, China, Columbia, 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. Currently, he is working on using improved psychological assessments to better define complex constructs and improve related theory.

His areas of interest are:

  • Suicide ("Our constant goal is prevention - but first must come understanding" Edwin Shneidman)
  • Climate anxiety and related factors
  • Valid measurement of latent psychosocial traits (e.g., suicidality, smartphone stress, climate anxiety)
  • Online Behaviours – particularly those related to Health and Mental Health
  • Dr Harris enjoys collaborating in several other areas of interest


  • PSY304 Psychopathology – Convener
  • PSY204 Psychological Testing – Convener


Dr Harris collaborates on research projects in several areas. He is currently looking for new PhD students to work in the areas stated below. Some of his main research projects are:

  • Re-development of the Suicidal Affect-Behavior-Cognition Scale in Chinese, English, Spanish, etc.
  • Smartphone Connectivity Stress
  • Climate Anxiety
  • Online survey methods and outcomes.
  • The psychological benefits of hosting visiting friends and relatives
  • Improving individual assessments in emergency and psychiatric care

Professional Memberships

Australian Psychological Society (APS) – member (MAPS)

International Academy of Suicide Research (IASR) – member

American Psychological Association (APA) – member

Climate & Health Alliance (CHA) – member

Psychology for a Safe Climate – member


Peer Reviewed Publications

Kariotis, T. C., & Harris, K. M. (2019). Clinician perceptions of My Health Record in mental health care: Medication management and sharing mental health information. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 25(1), 66-71. doi:10.1071/PY17181

Mond, J., Skromanis, S., Purton, T., Cooling, N., Fan, F., Harris, K., . . . Rodgers, B. (2019). Gambling behaviour, problem gambling and reasons for gambling among international students in Tasmania, Australia. Journal of Gambling Studies, 35(1), 155-170. doi:10.1007/s10899-018-09819-8

Wallace, J. M., Harris, K. M., Stankovich, J., Ayton, J., & Bettiol, S. S. (2019, in press). Emergency first aid readiness in Antarctica: Australian Antarctic expeditioners’ first aid credentials and self-efficacy. EMA - Emergency Medicine Australasia. doi:10.1111/1742-6723.13339

Choo, C. C., Harris, K. M., Chew, P. K. H., & Ho, R. C. (2019). Clinical assessment of suicide risk and suicide attempters’ self-reported suicide intent: A cross sectional study. PloS One, 14(7). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0217613

Vandenberg, M., Fan, S., Cooling, N., Harris, K. M., & Chin, J. (2019, in press). Skilled migration: A structural determinant of health. International Journal of Migration and Social Care.

Pasculli, AJ, & Harris, KM. (2018). Suicidal women may risk their lives but not their social relationships. Clinical Psychologist, 22, 46-54. doi: 10.1111/cp.12103

Harris, KM, Starcevic, V, Ma, J, Zhang, W, & Aboujaoude, E. (2017). Suicidality, psychopathology, and the internet: Online time vs. online behaviors. Psychiatry Research, 255, 341-346. doi:10.1016/j.psychres.2017.06.012 (citations 1)

Harris, KM, & Bettiol, S. (2017). Exposure to suicidal behaviors: A common suicide risk factor, or a personal negative life event? International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 63(1), 70-77. doi: 10.1177/0020764016682361

Choo, CC, Harris, KM, Chew, PKH, & Ho, RCM (2017). Does ethnicity matter in risk and protective factors for suicide attempts and suicide lethality? PLoS ONE, 2(4), e0175752. (citations 6)

Zhang, MWB, Hong, YX, Husain, SF, Harris, KM, & Ho, RCM. (2017). Analysis of print news media framing of ketamine treatment in the United States and Canada from 2000 to 2015. PLoS ONE, 12(3), e0173202. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0173202

Harris, KM, Lello, OD, & Willcox, CH. (2017). Reevaluating suicidal behaviors: Comparing assessment methods to improve risk evaluations. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 39(1), 128-139. doi:10.1007/s10862-016-9566-6

Ma, J, Zhang, W, Harris, KM, Chen, Q, & Xu, X. (2016). Dying online: Live broadcasts of Chinese emerging adult suicides and prevention efforts. BMC Public Health, 16(774). doi:10.1186/s12889-016-3415-0

Harris, KM, & Aboujaoude, E. (2016). Online friendship, romance, and sex: Properties and associations of the Online Relationship Initiation Scale. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 19(8), 487-493. doi:10.1089/cyber.2016.0164

Harris, KM, Thandrayen, J, Samphoas, C, Se, P, Lewchalermwongse, B, Ratanashevorn, R, Perry, ML, Britts, C. (2016). Estimating suicide rates in developing nations: A low-cost newspaper capture-recapture approach in Cambodia. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health. doi:10.1177/1010539516634186

Harris, KM, Phelan, L, McBain, B, Archer, J, Drew, AJ, & James, C. (2016). Attitudes toward online learning: The importance of intrinsic interest and student-instructor differences. Educational Technology Research and Development. doi:10.1007/s11423-016-9435-8

Seward, AL, & Harris, KM. (2016). Offline vs. online suicide-related help-seeking: Changing domains, changing paradigms. Journal of Clinical Psychology. doi:10.1002/jclp.22282

Harris, KM & Goh, MTT. (2016). Is suicide assessment harmful to participants? Findings from a randomized controlled trial. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. doi:10.1111/inm.12223

Zhang, MW, Harris, KM & Ho, RC. (2016). Is off-label usage of ketamine as a rapid antidepressant safe? Controversies, ethical concerns, and legal implications. BMC Medical Ethics, 17(4). doi:10.1186/s12910-016-0087-3

McBain, B, Drew, AJ, James, C., Phelan, L, Harris, KM & Archer, J. (2015). Student experience of oral communication assessment tasks online from a multi-disciplinary trial. Education + Training, 58(2), 134-149. doi:10.1108/ET-10-2014-0124

Harris, KM, Syu, JJ, Lello, OD, Chew, YLE, Willcox, CH, & Ho, RCM. (2015). The ABC’s of suicide risk assessment: Applying a tripartite approach to individual evaluations. PLoS ONE, 10(6), e0127442. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0127442

Thornton, LK, Harris, KM, Baker, AL, Johnson, M, & Kay-Lambkin, F. (2015). Recruiting for addiction research via Facebook. Alcohol and Drug Review

Harris, KM., McLean, JP, & Sheffield, J. (2014). Suicidal and online: How do online behaviors inform us of this high-risk population? Death Studies, 38(6), 387-394. doi: 10.1080/07481187.2013.768313

Harris, KM. (2013). Sexuality and suicidality: Matched-pairs analyses reveal unique characteristics in non-heterosexual suicidal behaviors. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 42(5), 729-737. doi: 10.1007/s10508-013-0112-2

Harris, KM., McLean, JP, Sheffield, J., & Jobes, DA. (2010). The internal suicide debate hypothesis: Exploring the life vs. death struggle. Suicide & Life-Threatening Behavior, 40(2), 181-192. doi: 10.1521/suli.2010.40.2.181

Harris, KM., McLean, JP, & Sheffield, J. (2009). Examining suicide-risk individuals who go online for suicide-related purposes. Archives of Suicide Research, 13(3), 264 – 276. doi: 10.1080/13811110903044419

Harris, K, McLean, J, & Sheffield, J. (2009). Solving suicidal problems online: Who turns to the Internet for help? Advances in Mental Health, 8(1), 28-36. doi: 10.5172/jamh.8.1.28

Book Chapter

Harris, KM. (2015). Life vs. death: The suicidal mind online. In E. Aboujaoude & V. Starcevic (Eds.), Mental health in the digital age. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

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