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Dr Michelle H Lim

Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology


Dr Lim is a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology and leads the Social Health and Wellbeing (SHAW) Laboratory. Dr Lim is interested in how loneliness can negatively impact social functioning and exacerbate mental health symptoms (e.g., social anxiety, depression, and paranoia). She focuses on the development and evaluation of evidence based solutions that can address loneliness in young people with first episode psychosis, social anxiety disorder, as well as nonclinical populations across the lifespan. Dr Lim’s interests 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, University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), the University of Melbourne, and Australian Catholic University. Dr Lim is the scientific chair and chairperson of Ending Loneliness Together, a national initiative which guides Australian charities, government agencies and not-for-profit organisations to deliver evidence-based community messaging and solutions 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 Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Applied And Developmental Psychology - 520100
  • Biological Psychology - 520200
  • Clinical And Health Psychology - 520300
  • Cognitive And Computational Psychology - 520400
  • Social And Personality Psychology - 520500
  • Psychiatry (incl. Psychotherapy) - 320221


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

  • 2020: Addressing loneliness in injured workers *; iCare NSW
  • 2019: Evaluation of the Nextdoor Loneliness Campaign *; Nextdoor
  • 2019: Understanding Loneliness in Adolescents and Young People in Victoria *; Victorian Health Promotion Foundation
  • 2018: 2018 Visiting Fellowships Scheme - Professor Julianne Holt-Lunstad *; Swinburne Research, DVCR&D - Internal contributions
  • 2018: A randomised control trial of Uprise for university students *; Medibank Private Limited Fund Scheme
  • 2018: Evaluating the impact of Neighbour Day on the community *; Relationships Australia (Victoria)
  • 2018: Evaluation of the lived experiences of Centre for Care and Wellbeing (CCW) users *; Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust Fund Scheme
  • 2018: The Survey of Australian Wellbeing (SAW): Mapping Australian's relationships, health and wellbeing over time *; Australian Psychological Society Fund Scheme
  • 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
  • 2017: Evaluation of Be Connected: a Digital Literacy for Older Australians Project - RFQ No. 70009747 *; Department of Social Services
  • 2016: Digitally Assisted Peer Support (DAPS) for Young People with Emerging Mental Health Problems: A Novel Model of Technology-Enhanced Peer Work (Student award - Student: Claire E. Peck) *; 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

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