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Josette Harris, PhD

       Josette G. Harris, PhD


Bldg. 500, Level 4, Rm. E4312

Phone:  303-724-6224

Email:  Dr. Harris







Josette G. Harris, PhD




Positions and Employment:

Postdoctoral training, University of Colorado School of Medicine (SOM), 1992-1995

Assistant Professor, Departments of Psychiatry & Neurology, University of Colorado SOM, 1995-2002            

Associate Professor, Departments of Psychiatry & Neurology, University of Colorado SOM, 2002-2008            

Professor, Departments of Psychiatry & Neurology, University of Colorado SOM, 2008-Present       


Other Experience and Professional Memberships:

Advisory Panel Consultant, Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-Fourth Edition, The Psychological Corporation, 1994-2003            

Executive Director, National Academy of Neuropsychology, 1998-2003                              

Research Director, Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children Fourth Edition – Spanish, Harcourt Assessment, 2002-2005            

Chair, Ethics Committee, American Psychological Association Division 40 Neuropsychology, 2005-2008            

Member, Committee on Traumatic Brain Injury, National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine, 2005-2006            

Interim Director,  Latino/a Research and Policy Center, University of Colorado Denver, 2007-2009            

Psychology Internship and Postdoctoral Training Program Director, University of Colorado Denver, 2007-Present             

Committee Member, American Psychological Assn. Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs, 2008-Present       

Member, Ethics Committee, Colorado Psychological Association, 2008-Present       

Secretary, American Psychological Association Division 40, 2009-Present       



 Mary McKinney Ware Award for Outstanding Dissertation Research, 1993               

Jeffrey S. Tanaka, Ph.D. Memorial Dissertation Award, American Psychological Association Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs, 1994         

University of Colorado Health Sciences Center Diversity Award, 2003

University of Denver Leaders in Learning Award, 2003


Teaching Activities:

Residents and Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Lecturer (2007) Ethics:  Use of Human Subjects in Research (DPRG fellows)
  • Course Co-Director (2005-present) Psychological Testing (6 weeks; 2nd/3rd year general psychiatry)
  • Lecturer (2003-present) Psychological Testing (2nd/3rd year general psychiatry)
  • Lecturer (2000-present) Introduction to Research (2nd year general psychiatry)



  • Lecturer (2007) Culture, Language and Assessment (The Children’s Hospital psychology interns)
  • Course Co-Director (1999-present) Clinical Neuropsychology (12 weeks; UCD psychology interns)
  • Lecturer (1997-present) Clinical Neuropsychology; Ethics; Culture and Bilingualism (UCD psychology interns)


Clinical Activities:

Provide neuropychological evaluations in Spanish and English to patients referred to clinic



Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications:

1.  Cullum, C.M., Harris, J.G., Waldo, M., Smernoff, E., Madison, A., Nagamoto, H.T., Griffith, J., Adler, L.E., & Freedman, R. (1993).  Neurophysiological and neuropsychological evidence for attentional dysfunction in schizophrenia.  Schizophrenia Research, 10, 131-141.

2.  Harris, J.G., Cullum, C.M., & Puente, A.E. (1995).  Effects of bilingualism on verbal learning and memory in Hispanic adults.  Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 1, 10-16.

3.  Harris, J.G., Adler, L.E., Young, D.A., Cullum, C.M., Rilling, L.M., Cicerello, A., Intemann, P.M., & Freedman, R. (1996).  Neuropsychological dysfunction in parents of schizophrenics.  Schizophrenia Research, 20, 253-260.

4.  Echemendía, R.J., Harris, J.G., Congett, S.M. Diaz, M.L., & Puente, A.E. (1997).  Neuropsychological training and practices with Hispanics.  The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 11, 229-243.

5.  Ross, R.G., Olincy, A., Harris, J.G., Radant, A., Adler, L.E., & Freedman, R. (1998).  Anticipatory saccades during smooth pursuit eye movements and familial transmission of schizophrenia.  Biological Psychiatry, 8, 690-697.

6.  Ross, R.G., Harris, J.G., Olincy, A., Radant, A., Adler, L.E., & Freedman, R. (1998). Familial transmission of two independent saccadic abnormalities in schizophrenia.  Schizophrenia Research, 30, 59-70.

7.  Ross, R.G., Olincy, A., Harris, J.G., Radant, A., Hawkins, M., Adler, L.E., & Freedman, R. (1999).   Evidence for bilineal inheritance of physiological indicators of risk in childhood-onset schizophrenia.  American Journal of Medical Genetics, 88, 188-199.

8.  Ross, R.G., Olincy, A., Harris, J.G., Radant, A., Adler, L.E., Compagnon, N., & Freedman, R. (1999).  The effects of age on a smooth pursuit tracking task in adults with schizophrenia and normals. Biological Psychiatry, 46, 383-391.

9.  Waldo, M.C., Adler, L.E.,  Leonard, S., Olincy, A., Ross, R.G., Harris, J.G., & Freedman, R. (2000).  Familial transmission of risk factors in the first degree relatives of schizophrenic people.  Biological Psychiatry, 47, 231-239.

10.  Freedman, R., Adams, C., Adler, L.E., Bickford, P.C., Gault, J., Harris, J.G., Olincy, A., Ross, R.G., Stevens, K., Waldo, M., & Leonard, S. (2000).  Inhibitory neurophysiological deficit as phenotype for genetic investigation of schizophrenia.  Journal of Medical Genetics, 97, 58-64.      

11.  Ross, R.G, Olincy A., Harris J.G., Sullivan B., & Radant A. (2000).  Smooth pursuit eye movements in schizophrenia and attentional dysfunction: Adults with schizophrenia, ADHD, and a normal comparison group.  Biological Psychiatry, 48, 197-203.

12.  Ross, R.G., Harris, J.G., Olincy, A., & Radant, A. (2000).  Eye movement task measures inhibition and spatial working memory in adults with schizophrenia, ADHD and a normal comparison group.  Psychiatric Research, 95(1), 43-53.

13.  Harris, J.G. & Filley, C.F. (2001).  CADASIL:  Neuropsychological findings in three generations of an affected family.  Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 7, 768-774.

14.  Echemendia, R. & Harris, J.G. (2004).  Neuropsychological test use with Hispanic/Latino populations in the United States: Part II of a national survey.  Applied Neuropsychology, 11, 4-12.

15.  Harris, J.G., Kongs, S., Allensworth, D.A., Sullivan, B., Zerbe, G., & Freedman, R.  (2004).  Effects of nicotine on cognitive deficits in schizophrenia.  Neuropsychopharmacology, 29, 1378-1385.

16.  Olincy, A., Harris, J.G., Johnson, L., Pender, V., Kongs, S., Allensworth, D., Ellis, J., Zerbe, G., Leonard, S., Stevens, K.E., Stevens, J.O., Martin, L., Adler, L.E., Soti, F., Kem, W.R., Freedman, R.  (2006).  Proof-of-Concept Trial of an α7-Nicotinic Agonist in Schizophrenia.  Archives of General Psychiatry, 63, 630-638.

17.  Harris, J.G., Minassian, A., & Perry, W. (2007).  Stability of attention deficits in schizophrenic patients.  Schizophrenia Research, 91, 107-111.

18.  Harris, J.G. & Cullum, C.M.  (2007).  Symbol vs. digit substitution task performance in culturally and linguistically diverse groups.  The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 21, 800-810.

19.  Oakland, T. & Harris, J.G. (2009).  The impact of test-taking behaviors on scores from the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-IV Spanish Edition.  Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 27(5), 366-373. 


Grants and Contracts:

NIA - 1 R21AG028609-01A2, Harris (PI), 02/15/2008-01/31/2010   

“Norms for the Assessment Memory Impairment in Spanish Speaking Older Adults”

The objectives of this grant are to adapt into Spanish two commonly used English language measures of memory function, to investigate the role of key demographic variables on performance, and to utilize these date to in the development of norms for Spanish speaking monolingual and bilingual adults. 


HRSA -1D40HP08517, Harris (Co PI), 08/01/07-07/31/10 

 UCDHSC Integrated Psychology Internship”         

The objectives of this grant are to prepare psychology interns to practice in health care settings where underserved, minority and other disadvantaged populations seek health and mental health care services.                     

Role:  Principal Investigator


NIMH -1 RO1 MH61412, Freedman (PI), 05/04/06-04/30/11

“Nictonic Agonists in Schizophrenia”

The purpose of this study is to examine a new nicotinic agonist as an antipsychotic drug in schizophrenia.

Role:  Co-Investigator



NINDS Contract - N01-NS-6-2366, Kramer (PI), 01/01/06-12/31/-09     

“Domain Specific Tasks of Executive Function” (University of California, San Francisco)

Sought to establish a developmental battery of executive function measures in the English and Spanish languages

Role:  Subcontract PI 


2 RO1 MH059565, Freedman (PI), 09/10/03-7/31/07

“Molecular Genetics of Schizophrenia”

This project proposes to examine the genetic differences between 5,000 probands with schizophrenia and a

comparison group of control individuals.

Role:  Co-Investigator


NIMH - 2 RO1 MH38321, Freedman (PI), 05/01/00-04/30/06

“Electrophysiology of Sensory Gating”

This study compares siblings of schizophrenia patients and probands on a variety of measures, including MRI imaging, catecholamine metabolites, and neurophysiological performance, to determine what defects, in addition to sensory gating defects, are required to produce schizophrenia

Role:  Co-Investigator


NIMH - 1 RO1 MH59109, Harris (PI), 12/1/98-11/30/03

“Memory Functions in Hispanic Schizophrenics”

The goal of this study was to compare monolingual and bilingual individuals with schizophrenia on a variety of cognitive measures to determine whether multilingualism may mitigate cognitive deficits

Role:  PI