Below is a list of publications from members of the social connectedness laboratory. If you have any questions about any of the research, feel free to contact the lead author.


Lambert, G.W, Lim, M.H., & Lambert, E.A. (in press). Individual and neighbourhood deprivation are linked to carotid stiffness – gaining insight into the physiology of loneliness and the social determinants of disease. Hypertension.

Lim, M.H., Gleeson, J.F., Thomas, N., & Penn, D.L. (in press). Is loneliness a feasible treatment target in psychosis. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology.

Lim, M.H., Gleeson, J.F., Rodebaugh, T.L., Eres, R., Long, K., Casey, K.M., Abbott, J., Thomas, N., & Penn, D.L. (2019). A pilot digital intervention targeting loneliness in young people with psychosis. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. doi: 10.1007/s00127-019-01681-2

Mihalopolous, C., Le, L., Chatteron, ML., Bucholc, J., Holt-Lunstad, J., Lim, M.H., & Engel, L. (2019). The economic costs of loneliness: a review of cost-of-illness and economic evaluation studies. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. doi: 10.1007/s00127-019-01733-7

McEnery, C., Lim, M.H., Tremain, H., Knowles, A., & Alvarez-Jimenez, M. (2019).
Prevalence rate of social anxiety disorder in individuals with a psychotic disorder: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Schizophrenia Research. doi: 10.1016/j.schres.2019.01.045


Abbott,J., Lim, M., Eres, R., Long, K.M. & Matthews, R. (2018). The impact of loneliness on the health and wellbeing of Australians. InPsych, 40(6). Read

Alvarez-Jimenez, M., Gleeson, J. F., Bendall, S., Penn, D. L., Yung, A. R., Ryan, R. M.,  Eleftheriadis, D., D’Alfonso, S., Rice, S., Miles, C., Russon, P., Lederman, R., Chambers, R., Gonzalez-Blanch, C., Lim, M.H., Killackey, E., McGorry, P.D. & Nelson, B. (2018). Enhancing social functioning in young people at Ultra High Risk (UHR) for psychosis: A pilot study of a novel strengths and mindfulness-based online social therapy. Schizophrenia Research, 202, 369-377.

Bell, I.H., Fielding-Smith, S.F., Hayward, M., Rossell, S.L., Lim, M.H., Farhall, J. & Thomas, N. (2018). Smartphone-based ecological momentary assessment and intervention in a coping-focused intervention for hearing voices (SAVVy): study protocol for a pilot randomized controlled trial. Trials, 19(1), 262.

Bell, I.H., Fielding-Smith, S.F., Hayward, M., Rossell, S.L., Lim, M.H., Farhall, J. & Thomas, N. (2018). Smartphone-based ecological momentary assessment and intervention in a blended coping-focused therapy for distressing voices: Development and case illustration. Internet interventions, 14, 18-25.

Bell, I.H., Fielding-Smith, S.F., Hayward, M., Rossell, S.L., Lim, M.H., Farhall, J. & Thomas, N. (2018). A brief coping-focused intervention for distressing voices blended with smartphone-based ecological momentary assessment and intervention: Findings from two case studies. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 12, 211.

Brand, R.M., McEnery, C., Rossell, S., Bendall, S. & Thomas, N. (2018). Do trauma-focussed psychological interventions have an effect on psychotic symptoms? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Schizophrenia Research, 195, 13-22.

Eres, R., Louis, W. R., & Molenberghs, P. (2018). Common and distinct neural networks involved in fMRI studies investigating morality: An ALE meta-analysis. Social neuroscience, 13(4), 1-15.

Harrington, K. (2018). Harness the power of groups to beat the ‘PhD blues’. Nature, 559 (7712), 143-144. Read

Harrington, K. D., Dang, C., Lim, Y.Y., Ames, D., …& Maruff, P. (2018). The effect of preclinical Alzheimer’s disease on age-related changes in intelligence in cognitively normal older adults. Intelligence, 70,22-29.

Harrington, K. D., Hassenstab, J., Maruff, P., Masters, C.L., …& Morris, J.C. (2018). Examining the influence of undetected ATN neuropathology on cognitive aging trajectories. Alzheimer’s and Dementia, 14(7), P1311.

Harrington, K. D., Schembri, A., Lim, Y. Y., Dang, C., Ames, D., Hassenstab, J., … & Sohrabi, H. R. (2018). Estimates of Age-related Memory Decline are Inflated by Unrecognized Alzheimer’s disease. Neurobiology of Aging, 70, 170-179.

Holt-Lunstad, J. (2018). Fostering social connection in the workplace. American Journal of Health Promotion, 32(5), 1307-1312.

Holt-Lunstad, J. (2018). Why social relationships are important for physical health: A systems approach to understanding and modifying risk and protection. Annual review of psychology, 69, 437-458.

Levinson. C.A., Brosof, L.C., Vanzhula, I., Christian, C., Jones, P., Rodebaugh, T.L., Langer, J.K., White, E.K., Warren, C., Weeks, J.W, Menatti, A., Lim, M.H. & Fernandez, K.C. (2018). Social anxiety and eating disorder comorbidity and underlying vulnerabilities: Using network analysis to conceptualize comorbidity. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 51(7), 696-709. Read

Lim, M.H. (2018). Loneliness is a health issue, and needs targeted solutions. The Conversation. Read 

Lim, M. H., Gleeson, J. F., Alvarez-Jimenez, M., & Penn, D. L. (2018). Loneliness in psychosis: a systematic review. Social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology, 1-18.

Lim, M.H. & Penn, D.L (2018). Using digital technology in the treatment of Schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Bulletin. Read

Lim, M.H., Penn, D.L, Neil, T. & Gleeson, J.F.M. (2018). Positive Connect: a pilot strengths-based program targeting loneliness. Presented at World Psychiatric Association Thematic Congress, Melbourne, 2018. Read

Rodebaugh, T. L., Tonge, Piccirillo, M.L. Fried, E., … & Heimberg, R.G. (2018). Does centrality in cross-sectional network suggest intervention targets for social anxiety disorder? Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 836(10), 831.


Bell, I. H., Lim, M. H., Rossell, S. L., & Thomas, N. (2017). Ecological Momentary Assessment and Intervention in the Treatment of Psychotic Disorders: A Systematic Review. Psychiatric Services68(11), 1172-1181.

Rodebaugh, T. L., Tonge, N. A., Weisman, J. S., Lim, M. H., Fernandez, K. C., & Bogdan, R. (2017). The behavioral economics of social anxiety disorder reveal a robust effect for interpersonal traits. Behaviour research and therapy95, 139-147.

Levinson, C. A., Rodebaugh, T. L., Lim, M. H., & Fernandez, K. C. (2017). The Core Extrusion Schema–Revised: Hiding Oneself Predicts Severity of Social Interaction Anxiety. Assessment24(1), 83-94.

Domínguez D, J. F., van Nunspeet, F., Gupta, A., Eres, R., Louis, W. R., Decety, J., & Molenberghs, P. (2017). Lateral orbitofrontal cortex activity is modulated by group membership in situations of justified and unjustified violence. Social neuroscience, 1-17.

Langer, J. K., Lim, M. H., Fernandez, K. C., & Rodebaugh, T. L. (2017). Social anxiety disorder is associated with reduced eye contact during conversation primed for conflict. Cognitive therapy and research41(2), 220-229.


Tonge, N. A., Rodebaugh, T. L., Fernandez, K. C., & Lim, M. H. (2016). Self-reported social skills impairment explains elevated autistic traits in individuals with generalized social anxiety disorder. Journal of anxiety disorders38, 31-36.

Lim, M. H., Rodebaugh, T. L., Zyphur, M. J., & Gleeson, J. F. (2016). Loneliness over time: The crucial role of social anxiety. Journal of abnormal psychology125(5), 620.

Eres, R. (2016). Scanning for empathy. Australasian Science37(2), 30.

Eres, R., Louis, W. R., & Molenberghs, P. (2016). Why do people pirate? A neuroimaging investigation. Social neuroscience12(4), 366-378.


Rodebaugh, T. L., Lim, M. H., Shumaker, E. A., Levinson, C. A., & Thompson, T. (2015). Social anxiety and friendship quality over time. Cognitive behaviour therapy44(6), 502-511.

Weisman, J. S., Rodebaugh, T. L., Lim, M. H., & Fernandez, K. C. (2015). Predicting short-term positive affect in individuals with social anxiety disorder: The role of selected personality traits and emotion regulation strategies. Journal of anxiety disorders34, 53-62.

Eres, R., Decety, J., Louis, W. R., & Molenberghs, P. (2015). Individual differences in local gray matter density are associated with differences in affective and cognitive empathy. NeuroImage117, 305-310.


Rodebaugh, T. L., Lim, M. H., Fernandez, K. C., Langer, J. K., Weisman, J. S., Tonge, N., … & Shumaker, E. A. (2014). Self and friend’s differing views of social anxiety disorder’s effects on friendships. Journal of abnormal psychology123(4), 715.

Lim, M. H., Gleeson, J. F., Jackson, H. J., & Fernandez, K. C. (2014). Social relationships and quality of life moderate distress associated with delusional ideation. Social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology49(1), 97-107.

Lim, M. H., & Gleeson, J. F. (2014). Social connectedness across the psychosis spectrum: current issues and future directions for interventions in loneliness. Frontiers in psychiatry5, 154.

Bendall, S., Lim, M.H., Alvarez-Jimenez, M., Hulbert, C.A., Jackson, H.J., & McGorry, P. (2014). Selective attention to threat is specific to delusions in first-episode psychosis. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 5, 191-199. doi: 10.5127/jep.034613


Clemente, J., Gleeson, J. F., & Lim, M. H. (2013). Cognitive processes in worry and paranoia: Investigation of the looming cognitive style. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology4(4), 303-314.

Rodebaugh, T. L., Shumaker, E. A., Levinson, C. A., Fernandez, K. C., Langer, J. K., Lim, M. H., & Yarkoni, T. (2013). Interpersonal constraint conferred by generalized social anxiety disorder is evident on a behavioral economics task. Journal of abnormal psychology122(1), 39.

Eres, R., & Molenberghs, P. (2013). The influence of group membership on the neural correlates involved in empathy. Frontiers in human neuroscience7, 176.


Lim, M. H., Gleeson, J. F., & Jackson, H. J. (2012). The jumping-to-conclusions bias in new religious movements. The Journal of nervous and mental disease200(10), 868-875.


Lim, M. H., Gleeson, J. F., & Jackson, H. J. (2011). Selective attention to threat bias in delusion-prone individuals. The Journal of nervous and mental disease199(10), 765-772.


Phillips, L. J., Nelson, B., Yuen, H. P., Francey, S. M., Simmons, M., Stanford, C., … & Amminger, P. (2009). Randomized controlled trial of interventions for young people at ultra-high risk of psychosis: study design and baseline characteristics. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry43(9), 818-829.