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Social Connectedness

Two women smiling. Photo crdit: RybazoidThe main objective of the Social Connectedness Research Program is to develop an evidence-based psychological intervention for individuals who report distressing levels of loneliness. The intervention will be delivered either via digital technology (smartphone applications) and/or face-to face group treatment programs. This program is led by Dr Michelle Lim, who is supported by a team of local and international researchers. The program is jointly funded by Swinburne University of Technology and the Barbara Dicker Brain Sciences Foundation. Find out more about loneliness.

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Current Projects

Over 2016 and 2017, we are looking for different groups of people to participate in several research projects, from university students to adults who experience psychosis. We are currently running a series of focus groups that involves discussion around how to improve the quality of your relationships with others via smartphone apps or group therapy. Below are specific details about the current projects.

Project Recovery

We are recruiting people (18-25 years old) in a pilot group intervention addressing loneliness. People who are currently receiving mental health treatment from Eastern Health and Headspace Hawthorn are invited to participate in a 6-week group program. The group programs will run throughout 2016-2017.

+ Connect Smartphone Intervention

We will be recruiting people (18-25 years old) to test a digital intervention addressing loneliness. +Connect is delivered via smartphone technology across 6 weeks. Participants who are currently receiving mental health treatment from early psychosis services are invited to participate in this program.

Collaborators' projects

The FEEL research lab run by our collaborators at the Australian Catholic University is doing cutting-edge research on emotions in daily life.

Contact us

If you would like to be involved in this research, please email the + Connect team at: or call us on 9214 4868.

Technical problems

If you are experiencing any technical problems with the + Connect smartphone app, please email the + Connect team at: or give us a call on 9214 4868.