Dr Amy Harrison

Amy Harrison

Position: Lecturer in Psychology
Email: harrisona@regents.ac.uk
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Faculty: Psychotherapy & Psychology
Areas of Expertise: Clinical research, eating disorders, clinical psychology, cognitive behaviour therapy

Professional Biography

Dr Amy Harrison is a Lecturer in Psychology and teaches in the areas of psychopathology, developmental psychology and health psychology for Regent’s University’s Psychology Programme’s BSc, MSc and for the Regent’s American University London psychology modules. She is also a qualified Clinical Psychologist and works with young people with severe and enduring eating disorders and has expertise in cognitive behavioural therapy, family therapy, mindfulness and neuropsychological assessment. Dr Harrison has produced a number of clinical research articles focused on understanding social emotional and cognitive processes in people with eating disorders and has an interest in how positive psychology interventions might use useful for people with severe and enduring eating disorders. Dr Harrison has also trained in the delivery and assessment of Motivational Interviewing (MI) and has been involved in a large randomised controlled trial as a coder of therapy sessions for MI treatment integrity. She is currently working on a research project to better understand social skills in people with eating disorders.

Qualifications

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy), Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London (2010-

2013). Research thesis supervised by Dr Kate Tchanturia and Dr Vicky Mountford entitled Social

Anhedonia and Work and Social Functioning in Eating Disorders

PhD, Eating Disorders Unit, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London (2007-2010). Research

thesis supervised by Prof Janet Treasure OBE and Dr Kate Tchanturia entitled Emotional

Functioning and Cognitive Styles in Eating Disorders

Master of Psychology (MPsy); First Class Honours, (Psychology with European Study), The University

of Manchester (2002-2006) including 1 year ERASMUS grant to study at the Université René

Descartes, Paris V, France (2004-2005).

Professional Affiliation(s)/Accreditation

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Health and Care Professions Council Accredited Practitioner Psychologist (PYL30037)
  • British Psychological Society: Chartered Psychologist (183933) and member of the Division of Clinical Psychology
  • British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP): Full Member (080694)

Research Supervision

Dr Amy Harrison supervises MSc dissertation projects and final year BSc psychology research projects and is currently supervising projects exploring perceptions of eating disorders, the incidence and perception of eating disorders in Lebanon, treatment seeking behaviours in men with eating disorders, the effects of mindfulness on working memory and cognitive inhibition and wellbeing in fathers.

Research Interests

Dr Harrison is interested in conducting research on social emotional functioning in eating disorders and has previously explored emotional recognition and regulation, as well as social anhedonia and work and social functioning in people with eating disorders, as well as people who are in recovery from the illness. Her current work focuses on eye contact and non-verbal communication in people with eating disorders.

Amy is the Co-Chair of the Neuropsychology and Eating Disorders Special Interest Group at the Academy for Eating Disorders.

Amy is currently looking for women with anorexia nervosa to take part in a research study funded by Regent’s University London exploring social skills. If you would like to find out more information, please contact her by email: harrisona@regents.ac.uk

Amy is also involved in political engagement around improving public understanding and knowledge of eating disorders and would be grateful for your signature on her government petition aimed at generating discussion in parliament around funding a national eating disorders education programme: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/124834

Publications

Schmidt, U., Adan, R., Böhm, I., Campbell, I., Dingemans, A., Ehrlich, S., Elzakkers, I., Favaro, A., Giel, K., Harrison, A., Himmerich, H., Hoek, H. W., Herpertz-Dahlmann, B., Kas, M., Seitz, J., Smeets, P., Sternheim, L., Tenconi, E., van Elburg, A., van Furth, E., & Zipfel, S. (2016). Eating Disorders: The Big Issue. The Lancet Psychiatry

Harrison, A., Sternheim, L., O’Hara, C., Oldershaw, A., & Schmidt, U. (2016). Do reward and punishment sensitivity change after treatment for an eating disorder? Personality and Individual Differences, 96(07),  40-46

Harrison, A., Al-Khairulla, H., & Kikoler, M. (2015). The feasibility, acceptability and possible benefit of a positive psychology intervention group in an adolescent inpatient eating disorder service. Journal of Positive Psychology, doi: 10.1080/17439760.2015.1117125

Tchanturia, K., Dapelo, M., Harrison, A. (2015). Why study positive emotions in the context of eating disorders? Current Psychiatry Reports, 17(1):537. doi: 10.1007/s11920-014-0537-x.

Macdonald, P., Hibbs, R., Rhind. C., Harrison, A., Goddard, E., Raenker, S., Todd, G., & Treasure, J. (2014). Disseminating skills to carers of people with eating disorders: An examination of treatment fidelity in lay and professional carer coaches. Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine, DOI: 10.1080/21642850.2014.908716 

Harrison, A., Mountford, V., & Tchanturia, K. (2014). Social anhedonia and work and social functioning in the acute and recovered phases of eating disorders. Psychiatry Research. DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2014.04.007 

Tchanturia, K., Davies, H., Harrison, A., Fox, J. R. E., Treasure, J., & Schmidt, U. (2012). Altered social hedonic processing in eating disorders. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 45(8), 962-969. 

Harrison, A., Tchanturia, K., & Treasure, J. (2012). Social emotional functioning and cognitive styles in eating disorders. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 51(3), 261–279. 

Cardi V, Kan C, Roncero M, Harrison A, Lounes N, Tchanturia K, Meyer C, Treasure J. (2012). Mealtime support in anorexia nervosa: A within-subject comparison study of a novel vodcast intervention. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 81, 54-55. 

Harrison, A., Smillie, L., & Treasure, J. (2011). Approach and avoidance motivation in eating disorders. Psychiatry Research, 188(3), 396-481.

Harrison, A, Tchanturia, K., Treasure, J. (2011). Measuring state trait properties of detail processing and global integration ability in eating disorders. World Journal of Biological Psychiatry, 12(6), 462–472.

Tchanturia K, Davies H, Roberts M, Harrison A, Nakazato M, Schmidt, U., Treasure, J., & Morris, R. (2012). Poor cognitive flexibility in eating disorders: Examining the evidence using the Wisconsin card sorting task. PLoS One, 7(1), e28331. 

Tchanturia, K., Harrison, A., Davies, H., Roberts, M., Oldershaw, A., Nakazato, M., Stahl, D., Morris, R., Schmidt, U., & Treasure, J. (2011). Cognitive flexibility and clinical severity in eating disorders. PLoS One, 6(6), e20462.

Treasure, J., Macare, C., Ortega Mentxaka, O., & Harrison, A. (2010). The use of a vodcast to support eating and reduce anxiety in people with eating disorder: A case series. European Eating Disorders Review, 18(6), 515-521.

Harrison, A., Genders, R., Davies, H., Treasure, J., & Tchanturia, K. (2010). Experimental measurement of the regulation of anger and aggression in women with anorexia nervosa. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 18(6), 445-452. 

Harrison, A., O'Brien, N., Lopez, C., & Treasure, J. (2010). Sensitivity to reward and punishment in eating disorders. Psychiatry Research, 177(1-2), 1-11.

Harrison, A., Tchanturia, K., & Treasure, J. (2010). Attentional bias, emotion recognition, and emotion regulation in anorexia: State or trait? Biological Psychiatry, 68(8), 755-761.

Harrison, A., Sullivan, S., Tchanturia, K., & Treasure, J. (2010). Emotional Functioning in eating disorders: Attentional bias, emotion recognition and emotion regulation. Psychological Medicine, 40(11), 1887-1897. 

Harrison, A., Sullivan, S., Tchanturia, K., & Treasure, J. (2009). Emotion recognition and regulation in anorexia nervosa. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 16(4), 348-356.

Fox, J. R. E., & Harrison, A. (2008). The relation of anger to disgust: The potential role of coupled emotions within eating pathology. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 15(2), 86–95.

Book Chapters:

Harrison, A., & Tchanturia, K. (2014). Adapting CRT to Increase Awareness of Thinking Styles in People with Severe Anorexia and Comorbid Disorders. In K. Tchanturia (Ed). Cognitive Remediation Therapy (CRT) for Eating and Weight Disorders. UK: Routledge

Conference Papers Given

Eating Disorders and the Social Brain: Evidence from Neuroimaging, Genetics and Neuropsychology Research. Special Interest Group Panel Discussion accepted for presentation at the Academy of Eating Disorders International Conference on Eating Disorders, San Francisco, 5th May 2016.

Using Cognitive Remediation and Emotion Skills Training with Adults and Adolescents with Eating Disorders: Workshop accepted for delivery at the Academy of Eating Disorders International Conference on Eating Disorders, San Francisco, 6th May 2016. Using Positive Psychology interventions as treatment enhancers in an adolescent inpatient cognitive behavioral therapy program for anorexia nervosa. Oral presentation accepted for delivery at the 8th World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies 2016 Congress which will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Australia from 22-25 June 2016. Predictors of Intolerance of Uncertainty in Women with Eating Disorder Symptoms, Oral presentation delivered at the International Conference on Eating Disorders, Institute of Education, London UK, 17th March 2016

Perceptions of Eating Disorders held by the Public: A Qualitative Investigation of the Role of Experience, Oral presentation delivered at the International Conference on Eating Disorders, Institute of Education, London UK, 17th March 2016

Eating Disorders in Schools: The Role of Pastoral Care in Reducing Incidence, Oral presentation delivered at the International Conference on Eating Disorders, Institute of Education, London UK, 17th March 2016

Reducing Intolerance of Uncertainty in Adolescents with Eating Disorders through Group Treatment, Poster presentation delivered at the International Conference on Eating Disorders, Institute of Education, London UK, 19th March 2016

16/07/13 British Association for Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy (BABCP) Poster Presentation: Social Anhedonia and Work and Social Functioning in the Acute and Recovered Stages of Eating Disorders

16/07/13 British Association for Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy (BABCP) Invited presentation for a symposium on Cognitive Remediation Therapy for Anorexia Nervosa – Adaptations for Severe Comorbidity 13/12/12-14/12/14 Cognitive Remediation Therapy for Anorexia Nervosa 2 day workshop co-facilitator; two teaching sessions on measurement of cognitive styles before and after treatment, and case study presentation.

23/07/11 Convened a symposium at the BABCP annual conference, Surrey University entitled Experimental Measurement of Reward Sensitivity and Impulsivity in Eating; Oral presentation entitled ‘reward and punishment sensitivity in eating disorders: Empirical evidence and clinical applications.’

05/06/10 Oral presentation in a symposium at the World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies at Boston University, USA entitled ‘cognitive styles and emotional functioning in eating disorders.’

19/07/08 Oral presentation in a symposium at the BABCP annual conference, Edinburgh University on Cognition and Emotion in Eating Disorders entitled ‘an examination of social cognition in women with anorexia nervosa: The use of the pictorial emotional Stroop.

Grants Awarded

 

11/05/11 Experimental Psychology Society Grindley Grant: Awarded to fund conference attendance to present experimental findings at the British Association for Behavioural and cognitive Psychotherapies annual conference.  £500

31/01/09 Institute of Social Psychiatry Grant: Grant obtained to fund development of video podcasts (vodcasts) to provide Psychoeducation and support to men with eating disorders. E Goddard, A Harrison, J Treasure and L Carral. £7000.

13/03/09 University of London Central Research Fund Grant: Grant obtained to fund development of experimental paradigm to reduce anxiety during eating in people with eating disorders. A Harrison and J Treasure. £1000.

30/09/07 Psychiatry Research Trust Research into Eating Disorders PhD Studentship: 3 year grant of £62,318 to cover stipend, research costs and course fees.

Last updated: 08 December 2017