Welcome to our new Professional Placement student Taylah Argent. Taylah will be assisting on a number of projects over the next 6-months.


Congratulations to Dr Robert Eres for being accepted as a NHMRC Observer.

Karra presented at NZPOP’s Innovation and Advances in Ageing Well conference on Loneliness in Older Adults.


Welcome to our new Research Assistant Lily Thurston. Lily will be assisting on a number of projects within the SHAW Lab.


Michelle and Robert have been invited to take part in a Panel Discussion at the 9th World Congress Panel Discussion this July in Berlin.


Congratulations to former SHAW Lab member Dr Katrina Long who has just had her PhD passed and finalised.


This year we welcome two new full time Honours students to the SHAW Lab. Natasha Postolovski will be investigating loneliness in the LGBTQI+ community under the supervision of Dr Eres and Peter Boubis will be investigating loneliness in older adults with Dr Harrington. They join continuing part time honours student Kylie Phillips who will be investigating the health and wellbeing of Lifeline workers and volunteers. Another big year for the lab!


Congratulations to Dr Karra Harrington who has just had her PhD passed and finalised. I bet you’re SHAW glad to have finally finished the PhD process! We look forward to working with you in 2019.



Our very own Sherry Vasan was accepted into the Doctor of Philosophy program at Swinburne University with Scholarship! Kudos Sherry.

Dr Robert Eres and Kit Casey were both accepted into their desired clinical psychology degrees! Well done and good luck!

A huge congratulations to the honours students Sherry, Bella, and Ceara who all received Hons I for their final year. Great work ladies.


Congratulations to the wonderful Honours students who all submitted their fourth year theses! You all worked tremendously hard throughout the year!


Congratulations to Professor Julianne Holt-Lunstad for gaining an adjunct position with Swinburne University of Technology. We look forward to an extensive collaboration with Julianne!


Michelle was just a guest on Radio National talking about How to beat loneliness with Penny Harrison from the Australian Red Cross #BeatLoneliness campaign.

The Federal Government has just pledged $46 million of funding to address loneliness in older Australians. Read Michelle’s perspective on this public health challenge here.

Michelle spoke live on The Daily Edition, a National TV program, about Loneliness and the importance of being socially connected. See the video here.


Leading researcher in Loneliness and Health, Professor Julianne Holt-Lunstad, spent two weeks as a Visiting Professor at the Social Connectedness Lab. During her visit, Julianne presented a public lecture on Loneliness and Health which was co-sponsored by the Australian Red Cross and Swinburne University of Technology. Julianne also dropped into the ABC 774 studios for a chat with Jon Faine on The Conversation Hour and recorded an upcoming segment for Ask the Doctor. Julianne met with the Australian Coalition to End Loneliness and held a round table event about the implications of loneliness on our physical and mental health, as well as discussions about future avenues to combat loneliness. What a great opportunity to meet with and learn from one of the pioneers in loneliness research. Thank you for all of your help Julianne!


Congratulations to Michelle for having her systematic review accepted in Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology.


Michelle presented at the World Psychiatric Association’s Thematic Congress on Innovation in Psychiatry: Effective Interventions for Health and Society.

Congratulations to PhD Candidates Carla McEnery and Claire Peck who successfully passed their mid-candidature reviews! Great work ladies!

This year we welcome three full time Honours students and one part time Honours student to the Social Connectedness Lab. Bella, Sherry, Ceara and Kylie will all be running independent studies as part of their 4th year of study in Psychology. What a great year this is looking to be!


Welcome to our new Senior Research Assistant Katrina Long. Katrina will be assisting on a series of research projects in the Social Connectedness Lab.