Research at Leeds Beckett
About Lisa Harkry
Dr Lisa Harkry (CPsychol) is a Lecturer in Psychology, specialising in social inclusion, mental health and neurodiversity.
Lisa was awarded her PhD in Psychology in 2016 from Goldsmiths, University of London with her thesis titled: 'The effects of employment on the mental health and executive functions of adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)'. She also successfully completed her MSc in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience in 2012 at Goldsmiths, University of London. Lisa completed her BSc (Hons) in Psychology in 2006 at the University of Warwick.
Lisa holds over ten years of practical experience in understanding the barriers to employment faced by autistic adults. Previously, she has been based within several non-profit and start-up organisations (such as the National Autistic Society, AS Mentoring and Auticon) and worked closely with autistic adults to address confidence, anxiety and sensory difficulties in the workplace. She has advised major corporate organisations, such as GlaxoSmithKline and Virgin Money, on how to recruit and manage autistic employees. She has also been interviewed for BBC Radio 4 about autism in the workplace and developed employee case studies for the BBC's neurodiversity project.
Lisa is motivated by understanding the social aspects of mental health and/or neurodevelopmental conditions, particularly the steps leading to social inclusion and how this can be encouraged. Lisa specialises in autism and employment but has previously worked across the following research areas:
- Mental health and diagnosis in adults with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) - also known as dyspraxia (Goldsmiths, University of London)
- Interventions for individuals with intellectual disability and challenging behaviour (University College London)
- Stigma-related treatment barriers to mental healthcare experienced by carers and individuals with severe mental illness (King's College London)
- Disclosure of a mental health diagnosis in an employment context (King's College London)
- Physical activity and self-esteem in athletes with intellectual disability (Canterbury Christ Church University)
Lisa is keen to make research concise and accessible for professionals, policy makers and academics alike.