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Dr Michelle H Lim

Lecturer in Clinical Psychology


Dr Lim is a Lecturer in Clinical Psychology and leads the Social Connectedness Laboratory. Dr Lim is interested in how subjective loneliness can negatively impact social functioning and exacerbate mental health symptoms (e.g., social anxiety, depression and paranoia). Her research has focused on reducing loneliness in young people with first episode psychosis and, or social anxiety disorder, as well as older adults. Dr Lim’s interest extend to the development and implementation of personalised mental health, cognitive biases in psychopathology, subclinical psychotic symptoms, decision-making and emotion regulation processes.

Dr Lim is a registered clinical psychologist and a board approved supervisor for the Psychology Board of Australia. She currently holds multiple research collaborations with Washington University in St Louis, Stanford University, University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), the University of Melbourne and Australian Catholic University. Dr Lim is the chair of the Australian Coalition to End Loneliness scientific advisory committee, which guides Australian charities and government agencies and not-for-profit organisations to deliver evidence-based community messaging and interventions in loneliness. 

Research interests

Clinical Psychology; Social Psychology

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Associate Doctoral & Coordinating Masters.


Available to supervise honours students.

Honours topics and outlines

Loneliness and its impact on physical health: Loneliness is detrimental to physical health indicators such as blood pressure, heart and respiratory rate. The project aim is to determine if socially excluded lonely individuals show differed in physical health indicators than non-lonely individuals. Psychophysiological indices, together with self-report measures will be administered during a social exclusion experimental task.

Loneliness and Social Media Use in Young People: This project looks at the impact of social media on young people's loneliness, mental health symptoms and associated processes. This is an online study that will examine the frequency of social media use in young people aged 18 to 25 years old.

Fields of Research

  • Psychology - 170100


Also published as: Lim, Michelle; Lim, M.; Lim, M. H.; Lim, Michelle H.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2017: A digital prototype addressing loneliness in older adults *; Relationships Australia (Victoria)
  • 2017: ENTOURAGE: An interactive e-mentoring program to assist young men overcome social anxiety *; MOVEMBER FOUNDATION SOCIAL INNOVATORS CHALLENGE
  • 2016: Digitally Assisted Peer Support (DAPS) for Young People with Emerging Mental Health Problems: A Novel Model of Technology-Enhanced Peer Work *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2016: Evaluating a Novel Smartphone-Assisted Coping Strategy Intervention for Distressing Voices The SAVVy Study *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2016: One size does not fit all: Developing a personalised, modular treatment for young people in social recovery *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2015: A pilot group intervention targeting loneliness in young people diagnosed with depression *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2014: A pilot online intervention aimed at reducing loneliness for people diagnosed with mental disorders *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant

* Chief Investigator