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Karisha George

Associate Lecturer - Department of Psychology, University of York

Karisha Kimone George began her tertiary education in Trinidad and Tobago completing her undergraduate in Psychology and Sociology at the University of the West Indies. She then moved to the United Kingdom to complete her Masters in Applied Forensic Psychology and PhD in Psychology at the University or York. She came to the University of York in 2021 after completing her first Post-Doctoral position at Newman University followed by her first lectureship at De Montfort University. Her favourite word is ‘predicament’, but only when spoken in exactly the same manner as John Travolta in ‘Face Off’.

Her research interests are varied and include –

  • Student resilience: how students adapt to their university experiences
  • Thinking patterns: understanding the impact of thinking patterns and their complexity such as meaning making or negative/positive thinking
  • Religiosity: exploring the impact of conceptualisations of Gods/deities on mental health and well-being
  • Narrative approach: exploring what individuals’ narratives can tell us about their levels of well-being
  • Protective factors: understanding the meaning making processes through which protective factors buffer individuals during times of stress
  • Criminal behaviour: examining the relationship between mental illness and criminal behaviour

Recent Publications

Tracey, R.L. & George, K. (2020). “We don’t need therapy – We have Jesus”: An exploration of the impact of culture on perceptions of mental health and help-seeking behaviours. Journal of Undergraduate Ethnic Minority Psychology, 4, 8-17.

Sharp, C. A., Davis, E. B., George, K., Cuthbert, A. D., Zahl, B. P., Davis, D. E., Hook, J. N., & Aten, J. D. (2019). Measures of God representations: Theoretical framework and critical review. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. Advance online publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/rel0000257

George, K. (2014). “It’s not what happens to you, but how you think about it: Exploring the cognitive processes underlying resilience following adversity” in Fox, R. and Monteiro, N. Pain without boundaries: Inquiries across cultures. The Inter-Disciplinary Press Ebooks.

Latest Project

An exploration of how students find meaning in their university lives with the aim of developing a typology of resilient meaning making among various student populations. This is currently running among students in DeMontfort University, the University of York and Queen’s University, Belfast.

Latest Project