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Dr Lisa Harkry

About Dr Lisa Harkry

Dr Lisa Harkry (CPsychol, FHEA) is a Lecturer in Psychology, specialising in social inclusion, mental health and neurodiversity.

Lisa holds over ten years of practical experience in understanding the barriers to social inclusion faced by neurodiverse adults. Previously, she has been based within several non-profit and start-up organisations and has 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.

Current Teaching

Lisa currently teaches on the MSc Psychology (Conversion Award) module Applying Psychology and supervises MSc projects. She also supervises final-year undergraduate BSc (Hons) Psychology projects.

Research Interests

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 has previously worked on the following research projects:

  • 2013 – 2016: Mental health and diagnosis in adults with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) - also known as dyspraxia (Goldsmiths, University of London)
  • 2013: Interventions for individuals with intellectual disability and challenging behaviour (University College London)
  • 2011 – 2013: Stigma-related treatment barriers to mental healthcare experienced by carers and individuals with severe mental illness (King's College London)
  • 2011 – 2013: Disclosure of a mental health diagnosis in an employment context (King's College London)
  • 2011 – 2012: 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.

Lisa is currently a co-investigator on the three-year Erasmus+ funded project: Improving Employability of Autistic Graduates in Europe (IMAGE) alongside Dr Marc Fabri (PI) and Dr Roz Wyatt-Millington (£360,000).


Selected Publications

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