Nick Harris

Assistant Professor

Office: SN3087
Phone: (709) 864-7676

B.A. (Hons) St. Mary's University, Ph.D. Lakehead University

Assistant Professor

Office: SN3087
Phone: (709) 864-7676
Affiliation: Clinical




Nick Harris



I am from Halifax, Nova Scotia. I completed my B.A. (Hons) in Psychology at St. Mary’s University and my M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Lakehead University. My Internship training was completed at the Northern Ontario Psychology Internship Consortium (NORPIC) within the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Stream. I moved to St. John’s Newfoundland in January 2015 and have practiced as a Clinical Psychologist working primarily with youth and their families struggling with co-morbid mental health and substance use issues. In August 2016, I joined the Department of Psychology at Memorial University.

Research Interests

My research interests are within the area of addictions. To date, my research program has focused on two specific areas of inquiry. First, my research has focused on developing a better understanding of the etiolegy and treatment of problem gambling behaviours. Much of this research has explored how gambling online may impact an individual’s susceptibility to engaging in problem gambling. Second, my research has examined how utilizing a strengths-based approach may enhance treatment programs for adolescent substance use issues. This research has explored how the clinical application of a strengths-based approach may help improve client engagement, therapeutic alliance, and group cohesion with this population.

More recently, I have developed a research interest in video gaming addiction among youth and young adults. This interest has developed partially from my clinical experiences with youth in the community. Given my research interests within the area of problem gambling and youth populations, and the significant overlap between our theoretical understandings of gambling and video gaming problems, I see this as a natural fit within my program of research moving forward.


Harris, N., Brazeau, J. N. R., Rawana, E. P., Brownlee, K., & Mazmanian, D. (2016). A preliminary examination of a strengths-based treatment for adolescent substance use issues. Canadian Journal of Counselling Psychology (Online), (50)2, 145-163.

Harris, N., & Mazmanian, D. (2016). Cognitive behavioural therapy for problem gamblers who gamble over the Internet: A controlled study. Journal of Gambling Issues, (33)10, 170-188. doi: 10.4309/jgi.2016.33.10

Harris, N., & Mazmanian, D. (2016). Problem Internet gamblers’ perspectives on cognitive behavioural group therapy. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 1-11. doi:10.1007/s11469-015-9622-6

Harris, N., Newby, J., & Rupert, K. (2014). Competitiveness facets and sensation-seeking as predictors of problem gambling among a sample of university student gamblers. Journal of Gambling Studies, 31(2), 385-396. doi:10.1007/s10899-013-9431-4

Harris, G. E., Dupuis, L., Mugford, G. J., Johnston, L., Haase, D., Page, G., Haldane, H., Harris, N., Midodzi, W., & Dow, G. (2014). Patterns and correlates of cannabis use among people with HIV in Maritime Canada. Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases & Medical Microbiology, 25(1), 1-7.

Harris, N., Mazmanian, D., & Jamieson, J. (2013). Trust in Internet gambling and its association with problem gambling in university students. Journal of Gambling Issues, 28(5), 1-7. doi: 10.4309/jgi.2013.28.5

Clarkson, A., Harris, N., Brazeau, J. N. R., Brownlee, K., Rawana, E. P., & Neckoway, R. (2013). Initial therapeutic alliance and treatment engagement of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal youth in a residential treatment centre for substance abuse. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 22(2), 1-17. doi:10.1080/15313204.2013.785375

Conrad, N. J., Harris, N., & Williams, J. (2012). Individual differences in children’s literacy development: The contribution of orthographic knowledge. Reading and Writing, 26(8) 1-17. doi:10.1007/s11145-012-9415-2

Harris, N., Brazeau, J. N. R., Clarkson, A., Brownlee, K., & Rawana, E. P. (2012). Adolescents’ perspectives on strengths-based group work and group cohesion in residential treatment for substance abuse. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 12(4), 333-347. doi:10.1080/1533256X.2012.728485

Harris, N., Brazeau, J. N. R., Clarkson, A., Brownlee, K., & Rawana, E. P. (2012). Adolescents' experiences of a strengths-based treatment program for substance abuse. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 44(5), 390-397. doi:10.1080/02791072.2012.736822