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Lydia Harkin

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences


Dr Lydia Harkin is a lecturer and applied researcher in the Psychology Department at NTU.

Lydia teaches on the following undergraduate modules:

  • Research Methods One
  • Research Methods and Statistics Two
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Professional Practice in Psychology
  • Individual Differences and Conceptual Issues in Psychology
  • Psychology of Sex

And on the following masters modules:

  • Cyberpsychology MSc – Applied Psychology of Digital Technology
  • Cyberpsychology MSc – Psychology of Cyberspace and Online Behaviours
  • Qualitative Research Design and Analysis MSc

Career overview

Lydia has a PhD in Health Sciences, specialising in psychosocial cancer care, from the University of Central Lancashire. She joined the NTU Psychology department as a postdoctoral researcher in 2016, before becoming a lecturer in 2017.

Research areas

Lydia’s research interests can be broadly defined in three categories:

  • Improving supportive care for people living with and after cancer;
  • Investigating the impact of the internet and internet enabled technology on wellbeing;
  • Investigating the effect of community to act as a supportive resource, or a ‘social cure’.

Sponsors and collaborators

Lydia’s academic collaborators and co-authors include:

  • Professor Kinta Beaver, University of Central Lancashire
  • Professor Paola Dey, Edge Hill University
  • Dr Kartina Choong, University of Central Lancashire