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Dr Gini Harrison

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Psychology
  • Psychology
  • gini.harrison

Research interests

I am an applied cognitive researcher working across various different domains.  Most of this work is carried out within two broad areas: clinical psychology, and forensic and criminal justice work.

My clinical work focuses on the ill-health effects of exposure to neurotoxic compounds (particularly organophosphates) in terms of general cognitive deficits and mood disorder.  I also have a more general interest in stress, anxiety and depression, and their measurement and manifestations in different cohorts (such as women in the perinatal period).  In addition, I am involved in research into the implementation and effectiveness of eHealth tools to promote mental health and wellbeing.

My more forensic research examines how well people perform as witnesses (i.e. in terms of face recognition). I am particularly interested in how we become experts in face recognition, how this changes with age, and what cognitive and neural mechanisms and/or social behaviours may underlie this expertise. Of additional interest to me is how social interest and exposure to certain groups of people may affect our ability to recognise them.  I also carry out work examining police attitudes towards line-up procedures and investigating potential barriers to implementing more evidence-based policing.

Teaching interests

I have been part of the presentation teams for the following modules:

  • Investigating Psychology 1 (DE100)
  • Investigating Psychology 2 (DE200)
  • Investigating Psychology 3 (DE300)
  • Exploring psychology (DSE212)
  • Cognitive psychology (DD303)
  • Advanced experimental design and analysis (D841)
  • Research methods dissertation in social science (D845)

I have also played a key role in the production of the following modules:

  • Investigating Psychology 1 (DE100)
  • Investigating Psychology 2 (DE200)
  • Investigating Psychology 3 (DE300)

I am also responsible for overseeing the Research Methods teaching across the entire Psychology qualification.  You can find my open access SPSS tutorials here:

http://www.open.ac.uk/socialsciences/spsstutorial/index.php 

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Applied Cognitive Psychology Research GroupGroupFaculty of Social Sciences

Publications

Anxiety and depression following cumulative low-level exposure to organophosphate pesticides (2016-11)
Harrison, Virginia and Mackenzie Ross, Sarah
Environmental Research, 151 (pp. 528-536)
What’s your poison? Neurobehavioural consequences of exposure to industrial, agricultural and environmental chemicals (2016-01-21)
Mackenzie Ross, Sarah and Harrison, Virginia
Cortex, 74 (pp. 353-357)
An emerging concern: Toxic fumes in airplane cabins (2016-01)
Harrison, Virginia and Mackenzie Ross, Sarah J.
Cortex, 74 (pp. 297-302)
Reflections on the process of using systematic review techniques to evaluate the literature regarding the neurotoxicity of low level exposure to organophosphate pesticides (2015-07)
Mackenzie Ross, Sarah; McManus, Chris; Harrison, Virginia and Mason, Oliver
Environment International, 92-93 (pp. 569-573)
Effects of mental health self-efficacy on outcomes of a mobile phone and web intervention for mild-to-moderate depression, anxiety and stress: secondary analysis of a randomised controlled trial. (2014-09-26)
Clarke, Janine; Proudfoot, Judith; Birch, Mary Rose; Whitton, Alexis E.; Parker, Gordon; Manicavasagar, Vijaya; Harrison, Virginia; Christensen, Helen and Hadzi-Pavlovic, Dusan
BMC Psychiatry, 14, Article 272(1)
Impact of a mobile phone and web program on symptom and functional outcomes for people with mild-to-moderate depression, anxiety and stress: a randomised controlled trial. (2013-11-18)
Proudfoot, Judith; Clarke, Janine; Birch, Mary-Rose; Whitton, Alexis; Parker, Gordon; Manicavasagar, Vijaya; Harrison, Virginia; Christensen, Helen and Hadzi-Pavlovic, Dusan
BMC Psychiatry, 13(1) (pp. 312-324)
Neurobehavioral problems following low-level exposure to organophosphate pesticides: a systematic and meta-analytic review (2013-01)
Mackenzie-Ross, Sarah; McManus, I. C.; Harrison, Virginia and Mason, Oliver
Critical Reviews in Toxicology, 43(1) (pp. 21-44)
Cognitive function following reported exposure to contaminated air on commercial aircraft: methodological considerations for future researchers (2011-12-30)
Mackenzie Ross, Sarah; Harrison, Virginia; Madeley, Laura; Davis, Kavus; Abraham-Smith, Kelly; Hughes, Tessa and Mason, Oliver
Journal of Biological Physics and Chemistry, 11(4) (pp. 180-191)
Mobile mental health: review of the emerging field and proof of concept study (2011-12)
Harrison, Virginia; Proudfoot, Judith; Wee, Pang Ping; Parker, Gordon; Hadzi Pavlovic, Dusan and Manicavasagar, Vijaya
Journal of Mental Health, 20(6) (pp. 509-524)
Neuropsychological and psychiatric functioning in sheep farmers exposed to low levels of organophosphate pesticides (2010-07)
Mackenzie Ross, Sarah Jane; Brewin, Chris Ray; Curran, Helen Valerie; Furlong, Clement Eugene; Abraham-Smith, Kelly Michelle and Harrison, Virginia
Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 32(4) (pp. 452-459)
Evidence for a contact-based explanation of the own-age bias in face recognition (2009)
Harrison, Virginia and Hole, Graham J.
Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 16(2) (pp. 264-269)
Cognitive impairment following exposure to organophosphate pesticides: a pilot study (2007)
Mackenzie Ross, S.; Clark, J.; Harrison, Virginia and Abraham, K.
Journal of Occupational Health & Safety-Australia & New Zealand, 23(2) (pp. 133-142)
Expertise and the Own-Age Bias in Face Recognition (2011-06)
Harrison, Virginia
PhD thesis University of Sussex

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