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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, Colombia, Thailand, Norway, Germany, 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
  • 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

Research Interests

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:

  • Improving suicide risk assessments (SRAs) in clinical and research practices
  • Smartphone Connectivity Stress
  • Climate Anxiety
  • Online survey methods and outcomes
  • Improving individual assessments in emergency and psychiatric care
  • Coroners' decisions on cause of death (suicide)
  • Clinical psychological practices

Professional Information


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

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Psychology, PhD, University of Queensland

Award Date: 14 Feb 2009

Social Psychology, MA, Claremont Graduate University

Psychology, BS, Michigan State University

External positions

Adjunct Senior Fellow, University of Queensland

Subject keywords

  • psychometrics
  • climate anxiety
  • online behaviors
  • mental health
  • suicide
  • smartphone stress


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