Dr Richard Harris

Dr Richard Harris


I am a teaching-focussed lecturer in the School of Psychology. I gained my PhD at the University of York on the topic of the neural basis of facial expression processing, and following this I have held research positions at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London, and University of Adelaide, Australia. I am also a Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence Fellow, undertaking a project on a “Global Citizenship Education” with my colleagues Dr. Maddi Pownall and Dr. Pam Birtill. 

I am currently Deputy Director of Student Education in the School of Psychology and have held several student-education focussed roles, for example, Disability Tutor, Admissions Tutor and Assessment Lead.

I was the founding member of the scholarship of teaching and learning research group, Research in the Psychology of Student Education. I am currently the General Secretary for the European Society for Psychology Learning and Teaching, and an Associate Editor for the journal of Psychology Learning and Teaching. 

I have also contributed nationally to the development of teaching practice, including working with the Quality Assurance Agency (UK) to unpack the ‘hidden curriculum’ for students.


  • Deputy Director of Student Education
  • Assessment Lead

Research interests

My research interest are broadly aligned to topics related to best practice in student education. Currently, I have ongoing research projects on the following topics:

  • Psychological Literacy
  • Global Citizenship
  • Impostor Syndrome
  • Student Belonging


  • PhD
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • BSc in Psychology

Professional memberships

  • European Society for Psychology Teaching and Learning

Student education

As Deputy Director for Student Education, I am responsible for facilitating developments to the School’s teaching and learning provision. I am currently working on initiatives to improve how disseminate key student education related information to students and staff, and have a significant role in developing the new curriculum for Psychology.

I am Module Leader for the final year module the Psychology of Faces and the second year module Neuroscience. 

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