Dr. Kevin Harris
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Dr. Kevin Harris

Dr. Kevin Harris

I received my PhD in Cognitive Psychology at Florida State University under the direction of K. Anders Ericsson, the world’s foremost “expert on experts.” My primary interests related to expert performance are the cognitive factors underlying professional, athletic, and academic performance along with the underlying mechanisms allowing for skill acquisition and performance enhancement. Much of this work focuses on performance under stressful, dynamic, and potentially life-threatening situations in domains such as medicine, law-enforcement, and the military. This line of research has been featured in numerous outlets including Time, Slate, National Public Radio (NPR), The Tennessean, and a multitude of popular press books.

My education also included extensive training in the area of social psychology, and I maintain an active research interest in social psychology. These interests include social cognition, stereotyping and prejudice, and the impact of social media on how we think about ourselves and the world.

 

PUBLICATIONS (* Denotes Undergraduate Student Collaborator):
Peer-Reviewed Articles

Harris, K. R., Eccles, D. W., Freeman, C.*, & Ward, P. (2017). “Gun!, Gun!, Gun!”: An exploration of law enforcement officers’ performance under stress during actual events. Ergonomics, 60, 1112-1122.

Harris, K. R., Eccles, D. W. & Shatzer, J. H. (2017). Team deliberate practice in medicine and related domains: A consideration of the issues. Advances in Health Sciences Education, 22, 209-220.

Harris, K. R., Bradshaw, C. B., Koch, K., & Whyte, J. (2014).  A prescription for misunderstanding: Opportunities for misinterpretation along the information flow from physician to patient. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 4, 1-6.

Whyte, J., Pickett-Hauber, R., Ward, P., Eccles, D. W., & Harris, K. R., (2013). The relationship between standardized test scores and clinical performance. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 9, e563-e570.

Harris, K. R., Eccles, D. W., Ward, P., & Whyte, J. (2013). A theoretical framework for simulation in nursing: Answering Schiavenato’s call. Journal of Nursing Education, 52, 6-16.

Harris, K. R., Paul, S. T., & Adams-Price, C. E. (2012). An initial search for visual overshadowing. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 65, 1511-1521.

Whyte, J., Ward, P., Eccles, D. W., Harris, K. R., Nandagopal, K., & Torof, J. M.*  (2012). Nurses’ immediate response to the fall of a hospitalized patient: A comparison of actions and cognitions of experienced and novice nurses. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 49, 1054-1063.

Ward, P., Suss, J., Eccles, D. W., Williams, A. M., & Harris, K. R. (2011). Skill-based differences in option generation in a complex task: A verbal protocol analysis. Cognitive Processing, 12, 289-300.

Ward, P., Torof, J.*, Whyte IV, J., Eccles, D. W., & Harris, K. R. (2010). Option generation and decision making in critical-care nursing. Proceedings from the 54th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (pp. 354-358). Santa Monica, CA: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

Ward, P., Farrow, D., Harris, K. R., Williams, A. M., Eccles, D. W., & Ericsson, K. A. (2008). Training perceptual-cognitive skills: Can sport psychology research inform military decision training? Military Psychology, 20, S71-S102.

Harris, K. R., Tashman, L., Ward, P., Ericsson, K. A., Eccles, D. W., Williams, A. M., Ramrattan, J., & Lang, L. H. (2006). Planning, evaluation, and cognition: Exploring the structure and mechanisms of expert performance in a representative dynamic task. Proceedings from the 28th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 328-332). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Stewart, T. L., Harris, K. R., van Knippenberg, A., Hermsen, B. J., Joly, J., & Lippman, M. (2006). The effect of attitude toward women on the relative individuation of women and men is mediated by perceived gender subgroups. British Journal of Social Psychology, 45, 759-775.

Tashman, L. S., Harris, K. R., Ramrattan, J., Ward, P., Eccles, D. W., Ericsson, K. A., Williams, A. M., Rodrick, D., & Lang, L. H. (2006). Expert performance in law enforcement: Are skilled performers more effectively constraining the situation to resolve representative dynamic tasks than novices? Proceedings from the 50th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (pp. 1213-1217). Santa Monica, CA: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

Stewart, T. L., van Knippenberg, A., Joly, J., Lippmann, M., Hermsen, B. J., &        Harris, K. R. (2004). The influence of attitudes toward women on the relative individuation of women and men in the Netherlands.  Psychology of Women Quarterly, 28, 240-245.

CONFERENCE PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS (* Denotes Undergraduate Student Collaborator):

Stanley, M.*, Ranck, E. L.*, Hatz, J., & Harris, K. R. (2014, May). Non-verbal communications’ positive effect on spatial problem solving in dyadic groups.  Poster presented at the 26th annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA.

Starkey, S. R.*, Willis, J. R. & Harris, K. R. (2014, March). “Knobbys with the mud flap:” Authenticity markers within hick hop. Paper presented at the 60th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Nashville, TN.

Lynch, J, Schmitt, L.P, Grah, C., & Harris, K. R. (2011, May). Age bias and resume evaluation as a determinate of hiring manager age and applicant age. Paper presented at the 9th International Conference on Work, Stress, and Health, Orlando, FL.

Hangge, R. P., Schmitt, L. P, Grah, C., & Harris, K. R. (2011, May). Identity crisis - veterans transitioning from military service: The conflict between civilian job culture and military job culture. Paper presented at the 9th International Conference on Work, Stress, and Health, Orlando, FL.

Harris, K. R., Buck, J. E.*, Peszecki, A. M.*, & Snyder, S. L. (2011, January). Thinking aloud during Raven’s Matrices (RM) completion elicits stereotype threat. Poster presented at the 12th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX.

Ward, P., Torof, J.*, Whyte, J., Eccles, D. W., & Harris, K. R. (2010, September-October). Option generation and decision making in critical-care nursing. Paper presented at the 54th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, San Francisco, CA.

Ward, P., Harris, K. R., Eccles, D. W., Suss, J., & Ehrlinger, J. (2010, April-May). Domain-general, domain specific and study-related predictors of performance in advanced placement science.  Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) 2010 Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.

Freeman, C. N.*, Cummins, E. D.*, Hughes, A. L., Hangge, R. L., Schmitt, L. P. & Harris, K. R. (2010, March). Preliminary investigation of video based skills training. Poster presented at the 56th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Chattanooga, TN.

Young, P. R., Brinkman, A.*, Harris, K. R., & Eccles, D. W. (2009, September). How do elite athletes prepare for major competitions? A case study of professional paintball.  Poster presented at the 2009 annual conference of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, Salt Lake City, UT.

Harris, K. R., & Ericsson, K. A. (2009, May). Skilled ten-pin bowlers maintain low-execution variability in spite of interference with visual-perception.  Poster presented at the 21st annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA.

Tashman, L., Harris, K. R., Ramrattan, J.*, Ward, P., Eccles, D. W., Ericsson, K. A., Williams, A. M., & Rodrick, D. (2006, October). Expert performance in law enforcement: Are skilled performers more effectively constraining the situation to resolve representative dynamic tasks than novices? Paper presented at the 50th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, San Francisco, CA.

Harris, K. R., Tashman, L., Ward, P., Ericsson, K. A., Eccles, D. W., Williams, A. M.,
Ramrattan, J.*, & Lang, L.H. (2006, July). Planning, evaluation, and cognition: Exploring the structure and mechanisms of expert performance in a representative dynamic task. Paper presented at the 28th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Vancouver, BC.

Eccles, D. W., Ward, P., Ericsson, K. A., Harris, K. R., Sacks, D. N., Williams, A. M., & Hassler, L. B. (2005, October). Using a delayed retrospective report method to increase the reliability of verbal reports of past events. Paper presented at the 2005 Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC.

Eccles, D. W., Ericsson, K. A., Harris, K., Hassler, L. B., Sacks, D. N., Ward, P., & Williams. A. M. (2005, August). From the “don’t know” to the “damn konfident”: Contrasting the reliability of conventional interview methods with concurrent “think aloud”, immediate retrospective, and delayed retrospective verbal report methods. Paper presented at the 11th World Congress of Sport Psychology, Sydney, Australia.

Harris, K. R., Ward, P., Eccles, D., & Ericsson, K. A. (2005, June). From the battlefield to the playing field: Can military decision training inform perceptual-cognitive skills training in sport? Paper presented at the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, St. Petersburg, FL.

Peace, C. B., Bradshaw, G. L., Koch, K. E., Harris, K. R., Stewart, T. L., Gay, S.*, & James, R.* (2003, May). Time-of-day representation facilitates memory and comprehension of complex drug regimens. Poster presented at the 15th annual convention of the American Psychological Society, Atlanta, GA.

Peace, C. B., Harris, K. R., Bradshaw, G. L., Koch, K. E., Stewart, T.L., Gay, S.*, Rackley, R.*,  & Wells-Parker, B. (2003, March). Helping people take their medication: The influence of drug regimens. Poster presented at the annual convention of the Southeastern Psychological Association, New Orleans, LA.

Harris, K. R., Stewart, T. L., van Knippenberg, A., Lippman, M. W., Joly, J., Hermsen, B. J., & Hansen, S. N.* (2002, June). Perceived gender subgroups mediate effects of attitude toward women on target individuation. Poster presented at the 14th annual convention of the American Psychological Society, New Orleans, LA.

Harris, K. R., Hansen, S. N.*, Featherston, J. E.*, Lindley, D. C.*, & Phillips, N. L.* (2002, April). The effect of attitude toward women on the individuation of men and women is mediated by perceived gender subgroups. Poster presented at the 1st annual Mississippi State University Psychology Research Forum, Mississippi State, MS.

Harris, K. R., & Peace, C. B. (2002, April). Promoting patient understanding: Approaches for increasing adherence. Poster presented at the 1st annual Mississippi State University Psychology Research Forum, Mississippi State, MS.

Harris, K. R., Paul, S. T., Adams-Price, C. A., & Henley, T. B. (2002, March). Effects of visualization and verbalization on recognition: Verbal overshadowing revisited. Poster presented at the annual convention of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Orlando, FL.