Dr Lisa Harkry, Lecturer

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).

Dr Lisa Harkry, Lecturer

Selected Outputs

  • Evans-Lacko S; Clement S; Corker E; Brohan E; Dockery L; Farrelly S; Hamilton S; Pinfold V; Rose D; Henderson C (2015) How much does mental health discrimination cost: valuing experienced discrimination in relation to healthcare care costs and community participation. Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, 24 (5), pp. 423-434.


  • Dockery L; Jeffery D; Schauman O; Williams P; Farrelly S; Bonnington O; Gabbidon J; Lassman F; Szmukler G; Thornicroft G (2015) Stigma- and non-stigma-related treatment barriers to mental healthcare reported by service users and caregivers. Psychiatry Research, 228 (3), pp. 612-619.


  • Lassman F; Henderson RC; Dockery L; Clement S; Murray J; Bonnington O; Farrelly S; Thornicroft G (2015) How does a decision aid help people whether to disclose a mental health problem to employers? Qualitative interview study. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 25 (2), pp. 403-411.


  • Gabbidon J; Farrelly S; Hatch S; Henderson C; Williams P; Bhugra D; Dockery L; Lassman F; Thornicroft G; Clement S (2014) Discrimination attributed to mental illness or race-ethnicity by users of community psychiatric services. Psychiatric Services, 65 (11), pp. 1360-1366.

  • Farrelly S; Clement S; Gabbidon J; Jeffery D; Dockery L; Lassman F; Brohan E; Henderson RC; Williams P; Howard LM (2014) Anticipated and experienced discrimination amongst people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depressive disorder: a cross-sectional study. BMC Psychiatry, 14


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  • Henderson C; Brohan E; Clement S; Williams P; Lassman F; Schauman O; Dockery L; Farrelly S; Murray J; Murphy C (2013) Decision aid on disclosure of mental health status to an employer: feasibility and outcomes of a randomised controlled trial. British Journal of Psychiatry, 203 (5), pp. 350-357.

  • Hill EL; Dockery L; McIntosh B; Perkins D (2012) Mental health and Asperger syndrome: The role of occupational health professionals. Occupational Health at Work, 8 (6), pp. 16-19.

  • Harkry LC (2017) The effects of employment on the mental health and executive functions of adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). [PhD Thesis]. Goldsmiths University.

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  • Clement S; Bonnington O; Gabbidon J; Lassman F; Dockery L; Farrelly S; Thornicroft G (2013) Discrimination firsthand: fictional statements from themes identified in the SAPPHIRE MIRIAD study [Video file].