Dr Celia Harris (Director, Impact and Engagement)


Vice Chancellor's Senior Research Fellow in Cognitive Neuroscience


Celia completed her PhD at the Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science, Macquarie University, in 2010. In her PhD research, she studied ways of extending laboratory paradigms to study social aspects of memory in ecologically valid ways. In 2011, Celia was appointed Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center of Autobiographical Memory Research at Aarhus University, Denmark. There she worked on projects relating to the functions that autobiographical memory serves for individuals and groups, and on the way that cue qualities influence autobiographical memory retrieval. In 2012, she returned to Macquarie University as a Macquarie University Research Fellow, and then as an ARC DECRA. Celia combined her interests in social and conversational memory, memory functions, and memory cuing, to study how remembering is shared in couples: the functions that conversations about the past play in supporting relationships, the ways that couples might provide a rich cuing context for each others' memories, and how older couples might remember together and support each other’s memories in the face of cognitive decline. In 2020, Celia moved to the MARCS Institute as a VC's Senior Research Fellow in Cognitive Neuroscience, to study how memory can be supported across the lifespan.

Research Interests

Celias' research focuses broadly on memory, and particulary on autobiographical memory - memory for life events. She is interested in how memory retrieval can be supported by the external environment, including tools, technologies, and social interaction. Celia wants to better understand memory retrieval processes so that we can develop new ways of making remembering easier.

Qualifications and Honours

  • Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Fellow, 2015-2018
  • PhD Research Degree in Cognitive Science, Macquarie University, 2010


For a list of Celia's' publications, please see her Google Scholar page. (opens in a new window)




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