Department of Psychology

Department of

Psychology

Department of

Psychology

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Kate Harkness

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Acting Department Head
Professor

B.Sc., (Hon.) University of Toronto, 1993
M.S., University of Oregon, 1995
Ph.D., University of Oregon, 1998

Lab Site | Curriculum Vitae (PDF, 315 KB)

T: 613.533.2886
E: harkness@queensu.ca

222 Craine
Psychology Department
Queen's University
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6

Research Interests

My primary research focus is the role of stress and early trauma in the etiology and ongoing pathology of major depression in adolescence and adulthood. My current work focuses on neurohormonal, social cognitive, and motivational/reward factors that increase the sensitivity to, and generation of, stress in major depression.

Selected Publications

Hudson, C., Hall, L., & Harkness, K. L. (in press). Prevalence of depressive disorders in individuals with autism spectrum disorder: A meta-analysis. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.

Mazurka, R., Wynne-Edwards, K. E., & Harkness, K. L. (in press). Sex Differences in the Cortisol Response to the Trier Social Stress Test in Depressed and Non-depressed Adolescents. Clinical Psychological Science.

Stewart, J. G., & Harkness, K. L. (2016). Testing a Revised Interpersonal Theory of Depression Using a Laboratory Measure of Excessive Reassurance-Seeking. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 73, 331-348.

Harkness, K. L., & Monroe, S. M. (2016). The Assessment and Measurement of Human Life Stress: Basic Premises, Operational Principles, and Design Requirements. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 125, 727-745. (invited)

Mazurka, R. M., Wynne-Edwards, K. E., & Harkness, K. L. (2016). Stressful life events prior to depression onset and the cortisol response to stress in youth with first episode versus recurrent depression. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 44, 1173-1184.

Holshausen, K., Bowie, C., & Harkness, K. L. (2016). Childhood sexual abuse associated with psychotic features in adolescent major depression. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 45, 241-247.

Zahavi, A. Y., Sabbagh, M. A., Washburn, D., Mazurka, R., Bagby, R. M., … Harkness, K. L. (2016). Serotonin and Dopamine Gene Variation and Theory of Mind Decoding Accuracy in Major Depression: A Preliminary Investigation. PLOSOne. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0150872

Harkness, K. L., Strauss, J., Bagby, R. M., Stewart, J. G., Larocque, C., Mazurka, R., Ravindran, A., Wynne-Edwards, K. E., Rector, N. A., & Kennedy, J. (2015). Emotional Maltreatment Moderates Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor and Serotonin Transporter Polymorphisms on Depression Symptoms. Psychiatry Research, 229, 609-612.

Harkness, K. L., Bagby, R. M., Stewart, J. G., Larocque, C. L., Mazurka, R., Strauss, J. S.,…Kennedy, J. L. (2015). Childhood Emotional and Sexual Maltreatment Moderate the Relation of the Serotonin Transporter Gene to Stress Generation. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 124, 275-287.

Larocque, C., Harkness, K. L., & Bagby, R. M. (2014). The Differential Relation of Childhood Maltreatment to Stress Sensitization in Adolescent and Young Adult Depression. Journal of Adolescence, 37, 871-882.

Harkness, K. L., Theriault, J. E., Stewart, J. G., & Bagby, R. M. (2014). Exposure to Acute Life Events and Chronic Stress Predicts One-Year Recurrence in Adult Outpatients with Residual Depression Symptoms Following Acute Treatment. Depression and Anxiety, 31, 1-8.

Stewart, J. G., Mazurka, R. Bond, L., Wynne-Edwards, K. E., & Harkness, K. L., (2013). Rumination and Impaired Cortisol Recovery Following a Social Stressor in Adolescent Depression. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 41, 1015-1026.

Harkness, K. L., Bagby, R. M., & Kennedy, S. (2012). Childhood Maltreatment and Differential Treatment Response and Recurrence in Episodic Major Depression. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 80, 342-353.

Harkness, K. L., Jacobson, J. A., Sinclair, B., Chan, E., & Sabbagh, M. A. (2012). For Love or Money? What Motivates People to Know Others’ Minds? Cognition and Emotion, 26, 541-549.

Monroe, S. M., & Harkness, K. L. (2011). Recurrence in Major Depression: A Conceptual Analysis. Psychological Review, 118, 655-674.

Harkness, K. L., Washburn, D., Theriault, J., Lee, L., & Sabbagh, M. A. (2011). Maternal history of depression is associated with enhanced theory of mind ability in depressed and non-depressed women. Psychiatry Research, 189, 91-96.

Harkness, K. L., Stewart, J. G., & Wynne-Edwards, K. E. (2011). Cortisol Reactivity to Social Stress in Adolescents: Moderation by Depression Severity and Child Maltreatment. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 36, 173-181.

Bulmash, E., Harkness, K. L., Stewart, J. G., & R. M. Bagby. (2009). Personality, Stressful Life Events, and Treatment Response in Major Depression. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 77, 1067-1077.

Lumley, M. N., & Harkness, K. L. (2009). Childhood Maltreatment and Depressotypic Cognitive Organization. Cognitive Therapy & Research, 33, 511-522.

Harkness, K. L., Lumley, M. N. & Truss, A. E. (2008). Stress generation in adolescent depression: The moderating role of childhood adversity. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 36, 421-432.

Lumley, M. N., & Harkness, K. L. (2007). Specificity in the relations among childhood adversity, early maladaptive schemas, and symptom profiles in adolescent depression. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 31, 639-657.

Harkness, K. L., Bruce, A. E., & Lumley, M. N. (2006). The role of childhood abuse and neglect in the sensitization to stressful life events in adolescent depression. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 115, 730-741.

Lee, L., Harkness, K. L., Sabbagh, M. A., & Jacobson, J. A. (2005). Mental state decoding abilities in clinical depression. Journal of Affective Disorders, 86, 247-258.

Harkness, K. L., Sabbagh, M. A., Jacobson, J., Chowdrey, N., & Chen, T. (2005). Sensitivity to subtle social information in dysphoric college students: Evidence for an enhanced “theory of mind”. Cognition and Emotion, 19, 999-1026.

Monroe, S. M. & Harkness, K. L. (2005). Life stress, the ‘kindling’ hypothesis, and the recurrence of depression: Considerations from a life stress perspective. Psychological Review, 112, 417-445.

Harkness, K.L., & Monroe, S. M. (2002). Childhood adversity and the endogenous versus non-endogenous distinction in women with major depression. American Journal of Psychiatry, 159, 387-393.

Harkness, K. L., & Luther, J. (2001). Clinical risk factors for the generation of life events in major depression. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 110, 564-572.

Harkness, K. L., Monroe, S. M., Simons, A. D., & Thase, M. E. (1999). The generation of life events in recurrent and non-recurrent depression. Psychological Medicine, 29, 135-144.