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Dr Anja Harrison

Lecturer of Health Psychology, Teaching Fellow
School of Psychology and Computer Science

Anja has developed a strong interest in translational neurosciences/health psychology/HE teaching focusing on - Neurodegenerative and inflammatory chronic illnesses and the link to psychological wellbeing - Developing and evaluating reality-proof internet-based/ self-help therapeutic interventions in clinical trials - Biomarkers of psychiatric disorders in context with somatic diseases - Psychoneuroendocrinology/ -immunology of distress, depression and anxiety

Throughout her career Anja has enjoyed traversing the interface between different scientific disciplines. She has a strong interest in translational neurosciences focussing on clinical trials, health psychology, psychoneuroendocrinology/ -immunology and biomarkers of psychiatric disorders in context with somatic diseases, neurodegenerative and inflammatory disorders and their interaction with psychological wellbeing.

Passionate about delivering meaningful lectures with lots of interactive elements, Anja is dedicated to provide aspiring student researchers with tools needed to succeed in the field.

Anja studied Psychology at Albrechts-University Kiel, Germany before completing her PhD on Multiple Sclerosis- associated Depression in the Institute of Neuroimmunology and Multiple Sclerosis at the University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany. In her second postdoctoral position at King’s College London (KCL) she has worked on developing a self-help manual aiming to reduce psychological distress in people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Currently Anja is working on health anxiety in context of precancerous conditions in collaboration with Leeds, York, UCL, Harrogate and Gloucester NHS trusts.

Anja is Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and member of the Brilliant Club, an organisation dedicated to widen participation and address educational disadvantage.

  • PGCert Higher Education, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UCLan, 2019
  • Research supervisor, UCLan, 2017
  • Health Psychology Lecturer, UCLan, Oct 2016
  • Distance Learning Teaching Fellow, King's College London, Aug 2016 o
  • Postdoctoral research fellow in Health Psychology, King's College London, Feb 2015-Oct 2016
  • Postdoctoral researcher in Psychology and Magnetic Resonance Imaging, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (Germany), May-Nov 2014
  • Ph.D. in Psychology and Psychoneuroendocrinology, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf and Ruhr University Bochum (Germany), 2014
  • Oct 2013ECTRIMS travel grant (Copenhagen, Denmark)
  • 2007 - 2010Scholarship by the Parcham`sche Stiftung foundation (Lübeck, Germany)

Modules Taught

  • PS1010 - Methods and practice of psychological inquiry
  • PS1030 - Introduction to Psychobiology and Cognition
  • PS1040 - Current Topics in Psychology I
  • PS1045 - Current Topics in Psychology II
  • PS2010 - Psychological Research Methods 1: Design and Quantitative Analysis
  • PS2040 - Individual Differences
  • PS2360 - Clinical Psychology
  • PS3040 - Health Psychology: Theory and Practice
  • PS3045 - Psychology of Health Promotion
  • PS3070 - Psychology Placement Module
  • PS3900 - Psychology Project
  • PS4000 - Essential Psychology: Concepts and History
  • PS4015 - Qualitative Psychological Research
  • PS4053 - Topics in Biological Psychology
  • PS4053 - Topics in Biological Psychology
  • PS4056 - Topics in Sport Psychology
  • PS4057 - Topics in Health Psychology
  • PS4058 - Topics in Neuropsychology
  • PS4090 - Psychology Conversion Project
  • PS4656 - Advanced Clinical Psychology Project
  • PS4700 - Advanced Methods in Psychology
  • Since Oct 2016 Service user preferences (UCLan, Leeds)
  • Since Feb 2016 Health Anxiety in Precancerous Conditions (UCLan, Leeds NHS, York NHS, Harrogate NHS, Gloucester NHS, UCL)
  • 2015 Development and pilot testing of a self-help manual tackling psychological distress in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (King’s College, London)
  • 2013-2014 AERCONN: Sports Intervention Randomised Controlled Trial in Mildly Impaired
  • MS Patients (Center for molecular Neuroscience, Hamburg)
  • 2013-2014 NEUCONN: Natural History Study on Progression Prediction Markers 2013-2014 Validation of the Inventory of Depressive Symptoms (IDS) in MS associated Depression (Center for molecular Neuroscience, Hamburg)
  • 2012- 2015 Evaluation of a web-based Depression Treatment Programme in MS, Epilepsy and Psychosis (Center for molecular Neuroscience, Hamburg)
  • 2012 - 2013 Psychoneuroimmunology of early life stress (Center for molecular Neuroscience, Hamburg)
  • 2012 - 2013 Impacts of Early life stress on MRI parameters and salivary cortisol in MS (Center for molecular Neuroscience, Hamburg)
  • Jul - Sep 2011 Dynamic Glucocorticoid Receptor Sensitivity in MS Relapse as opposed to Remission (Center for molecular Neuroscience, Hamburg)
  • 2011 - 2014 Biological Underpinnings of Borderline Personality Disorder (Center for molecular Neuroscience, Hamburg)
  • 2011-2014 Pregnancy in MS: Immunological Changes Associated with Altered Relapse Rate in the Course of Pregnancy and Relapse Rebound Postpartum (Center for molecular Neuroscience, Hamburg)
  • 2010 - 2012 Reduced T-cell Hydrocortisol Sensitivity in MS Depression (Center for molecular Neuroscience, Hamburg)
  • 2010 -2011 Glucocorticoid Receptor Dysfunction as a Biomarker of Multiple-Sclerosis (MS)-Associated Depression and Fatigue (Center for molecular Neuroscience, Hamburg)
  • Aug - Sep 2010 Linguistic Alignment in Asperger’s Syndrome (University of York, UK)
  • Teaching Fellow at King's College London
  • UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships (FLF) Peer Review College (PRC)