Dr Julia Harries

 Position Research Associate
 Org Unit Psychology
 Email julia.harries@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8313 0479
 Location Floor/Room 7 08 ,  Hughes ,   North Terrace
  • Awards & Achievements

    Frank Dalziel Prize (Best PhD Thesis in Psychology, 2009).
  • Research Interests

    My research interests are in the area of assessment, training, and support provision for individuals with disabilities, particularly intellectual and associated developmental disabilities. I am a member of the Wellbeing Research Unit (WRU) within the School of Psychology. Research projects undertaken by the WRU have included a collaborative research project with the South Australian Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI). The aim of this research was to refine a model for understanding and determining the support needs of individuals with a range of different disability types, combinations of disabilities, and levels of severity. The outcome of this research was the development of the Disability - Support, Training and Resource Tool (D-START). It is envisaged that an accepted model for understanding and measuring support needs could be used as the rational basis for allocating resource funds in order to support individuals to achieve increased independence and quality of life.  Additional and associated areas of research interest include:

    • Advancing the conceptualisation of the support need construct and refinement of approaches for measuring support needs.  
    • Evaluating the psychometric properties of support need instruments. 
    • Understanding the relationship between measures of adaptive behaviour and support needs. 
    • Assessing learning support for people with intellectual disabilities. 
    • Evaluating the effectiveness of video modelling techniques in developing the social skills and self protective behaviours of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
    • Understanding the impact of developmental issues on support needs (i.e. planning for life stage transitions, age related changes in support needs). 
    • The assessment of psychosocial and musculoskeletal risk factors impacting disability support workers and the identification of work safety intervention strategies.
  • Publications

    Journal articles

    Harries, J., Ng, Y.Y.K., Kirby, N., Wilson, L., & Ford, J. (2015). Evaluation of the Work Safety and Psychosocial Wellbeing of Disability Support Workers.  Australasian Journal of Organisational Psychology, 8(e9), 1-13.

    Harries, J., Guscia, R., Nettelbeck, T., & Kirby, N. (2009). Impact of additional disabilities on adaptive behaviour and support profiles for people with intellectual disabilities. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 114, 237-253.

    Guscia, R., Eckberg, S., Harries, J., & Kirby, N. (2006). Measurement of environmental constructs in disability assessment. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disability 3, 173-180.

    Guscia, R., Harries, J., Kirby, N., Nettelbeck, T., & Taplin, J. (2006). Construct and criterion validities of the Service Need Assessment Profile. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 31, 148-155.

    Guscia, R., Harries, J., Kirby, N., Nettelbeck, T., & Taplin, J. (2006). Rater bias and the measurement of support. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 31, 156-160.

    Harries, J., Guscia, R., Kirby, N., Nettelbeck, T., & Taplin, J. (2005). Support needs and adaptive behaviour. American Journal on Mental Retardation, 110, 393-404. 

    Guscia, R., Harries, J., Kirby, N., Nettelbeck, T., & Taplin, J. (2005). Reliability of the Service Need Assessment Profile (SNAP): A measure of support for people with disabilities. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 30, 24-30.

    Kirby, N., Harries, J., & Guscia, R., (2005). Support needs assessment: Measures and critical issues. Intellectual Disability Australasia, 26 (2).

    Reports

    Kirby, N., Ford, J., Harries, J., & Wilson, L. (2015). Psychosocial-related aspects of work safety for Disability Support Workers: Translating recommendations into practice. WHS Innovative Practice Grant for SafeWork SA and Disability Services. University of Adelaide: South Australia.

    Kirby, N., Ford, J., Harries, J., Wilson, L., Webber, M., & Guscia, R. (2014). Psychosocial-Related Aspects of Work Safety of Disability Support Workers: Commissioned Research Report for SafeWork SA. University of Adelaide: South Australia.

    Harries, J., Guscia, R., & Kirby, N. (2014). Autism SA and Telstra Foundation iModeling Social Groups Project 2: Final Report 2012-2013. University of Adelaide: South Australia.

    Kirby, N., Guscia, R., Wilson, & Harries, J. (2014). Northern aged care employee engagement project. Report for DCSI Northern Connections. University of Adelaide: South Australia.

    Kirby, N., Harries, J., Guscia, R., Wilson, L., & Kaippully Chandrasekharan, R. (2013). Disability Support Training and Resource Tool (D-START) Manual: A comprehensive support needs assessment system for people with different types, levels and combinations of disabilities. University of Adelaide: South Australia.

    Harries, J., Hampel, S., Guscia, R., Wilson, L., & Kirby, N. (2012). Evaluation Report of the Autism SA and Telstra Foundation iModeling Social Groups Project: Final Report 2009-2011. University of Adelaide: South Australia.

    Kirby, N., Harries, J., Guscia, R., Wilson, L., & Kaippully Chandrasekharan, R. (2010). Disability Support Training and Resource Tool (D-START): Technical Properties Report for the Department for Families and Communities. University of Adelaide: South Australia.

    Conference Presentations

    Purmer, M., Kirby, N., Guscia, R., & Harries, J. (2015, September). iMsocial - A researched based social skills program. Paper presented at the Asia Pacific Autism Conference (APAC). Brisbane, Australia.

    Ng K. Y. Y., Harries, J., Wilson, L., Kirby, N., & Ford, J. (2015, July). Evaluation of the work safety and psychosocial wellbeing of Disability Support Workers. Paper presented at the APS 11th Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

    Ng K. Y. Y., Harries, J., Wilson, L., Kirby, N., & Ford, J. (2015, July). Methods to improve standardised quantitative measure information to interpret the impact of psychosocial risk factors on Disability Support Workers. Paper presented at the APS 11th Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

    Harries, J., Wilson, L., Kirby, N., & Ford, J. (2015, July). Psychosocial wellbeing and work safety outcomes associated with workplace bullying for Disability Support Workers. Paper presented at the APS 11th Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

    Webber, M., Kirby, N., Harries, J., Wilson, L., & Ford, J. (2015, July). Disability Support Workers: Exposure to work-related violence, impact and preventative interventions. Paper presented at the APS 11th Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

    Ng, K. Y. Y., Harries, J., Wilson, L., Kirby, N., & Ford, J. (2014, September). Evaluation of the work safety and psychological health of Disability Support Workers (DSWs). Paper presented at the International Congress for Occupational Health and Work Organisation and Psychosocial Factors [ICOH-WOPS], Adelaide, Australia.

    Ng, K. Y. Y., Harries, J., Wilson, L., Kirby, N., & Ford, J. (2014, September). Understanding and interpreting the impact of psychosocial risk factors on the work safety of Disability Support Workers (DSWs) in order to identify interventions through the use of qualitative sources. Poster presented at the International Congress for Occupational Health and Work Organisation and Psychosocial Factors [ICOH-WOPS], Adelaide, Australia.

    Kirby. N, Harries, J., & Purmer, M. (2013, August). The iModelingTM project, a video and group based intervention: Four years of exciting research results. Paper presented at the Asia Pacific Autism Conference (APAC). Adelaide, Australia.

    Harries, J., Guscia, R., Wilson, L., & Kirby, N. (2011, November). Multiple Disabilities and the Nature of Associated Support Needs as Assessed by the Disability – Support Training and Resource Tool (D-START). Paper presented at the 46th Annual Australasian Society for the Study of Intellectual Disability (ASSID) Conference. Adelaide, Australia.

    Miller, J. Harries, J., & Kirby, N. (2009, November). Evaluating Support Worker Ratings of Support Needs of Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities. Paper presented at the 44th Annual Australasian Society for the Study of Intellectual Disability (ASSID) Conference. Hobart, Australia.

    Hampel, S., Harries, J., & Kirby, N. (2009, November). Predicting Learning Styles and Capabilities of People with an Intellectual Disability: The Need for Formalised Assessment. Paper presented at the 44th Annual Australasian Society for the Study of Intellectual Disability (ASSID) Conference, Hobart, Australia.

    Kuester, N., Guscia, R., Harries, J., & Kirby. N. (2009, June). Planning for the future: A survey to identify future needs and responsibilities for supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities who are ageing. Poster presented at the 2nd International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities (IASSID) Asia-Pacific Regional Conference, Singapore.

    Kirby, N., Harries, J., Guscia, R., & Nettelbeck, T. (2008, November). Impact of multiple disabilities on the assessment of support needs for people with intellectual disabilities. Paper presented at the 43rd Annual Australasian Society for the Study of Intellectual Disability (ASSID) Conference. Melbourne, Australia.

    Kirby, N., Harries, J., & Guscia, R. (2007, May). Impact of multiple disabilities on the assessment of support needs for people with intellectual disabilities. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD). Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

    Kirby, N. Guscia, R., & Harries, J. (2005, October). Disability and the environment: facilitators, barriers and needs. Paper presented at the 40th Annual Australasian Society for the Study of Intellectual Disability, Auckland, New Zealand.

    Thomson, S., Kirby, N., Guscia, R., Harries, J., & Nettelbeck, T. (2005, September). Validating the Supported Residential Facility (SRF) assessment measure. Paper presented at the 15th Annual Mental Health Services (MHS) Conference. Adelaide, Australia.

    Kirby, N., Guscia, R., Harries, J., & Ekberg, S. (2005, June). Measurement of environmental constructs in disability assessment. Paper presented at the First Asian-Pacific International Australasian Society for the Study of Intellectual Disability, Taipei, Taiwan.

    Kirby, N., Harries J., & Guscia, R. (2004, November). Developing a support needs assessment system for use across the disability sector for service planning and resource allocation. Workshop presented at Australian Council for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled Conference. Sydney, Australia.

    Kirby, N., Guscia, R., & Harries, J. (2004, November). Support needs assessment: Measures and critical issues. Paper presented at the 39th Annual Australian Society for the Study of Intellectual Disability Conference, Adelaide, Australia.

    Kirby, N., & Harries, J. (2004, October). Support needs and adaptive behaviour. Paper presented at the 39th Annual Australian Psychological Society Conference, Sydney, Australia.

    Kirby, N., Guscia, R., Harries, J., Nettelbeck, T., & Taplin, J, (2004, April). Evaluating the Service Need Assessment Profile (SNAP). Paper presented at the National Accommodation and Community Support Conference. Melbourne, Australia.

  • Professional Associations

    Member of the Wellbeing Research Unit, School of Psychology, University of Adelaide.

    Member of the Australian Society for Intellectual Disability (ASID).

    Member of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD). 

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