Jo Badcock

Professor, BA Oxf., MA PhD Melb.

  • The University of Western Australia (M340), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Professor Johanna Badcock is a psychological scientist and research consultant. In 2018 she was elected as a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, in recognition of sustained and significant contributions to the science of psychology. She studies the impact of loneliness on health, social and economic outcomes to improve policy, workforce training and practice. Professor Badcock holds numerous national and international leadership roles in mental and social health and is a co-founder of the Global Initiative on Loneliness and Connection.

Roles and responsibilities

* Member, Steering Committee, Global Initiative on Loneliness and Connection

*  Co-Chair, Scientific Advisory Council, Global Initiative on Loneliness and   Connection

* Vice Chair, Ending Loneliness Together

* Deputy Chair, Scientific Advisory Council, Ending Loneliness Together

* Research Director, Perth Voices Clinic


Future research

* Loneliness: a practical overview for clinical psychologists

* Loneliness and perceptual anomalies in older adults

* Loneliness and its association with depression and anxiety in autism

* Loneliness and its importance for hearing health professionals


Funding overview

Project funding:

A Community Mapping Tool for Services to Reduce Loneliness (Perpetual Impact Funding)



Previous positions

Research Professor, School of Psychology, UWA.
Adjunct A/Professor, School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, UWA.
Research Professor, Edith Cowan University.
Senior Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Research Centre, North Metropolitan Health Service -Mental Health.

Current projects

1) Loneliness and perceptual anomalies in healthy older adults.

2) Improving the social, emotional and communication functioning of adults with hearing loss.

3) Developing an National Outcomes Measurement Framework to assist community organizations tackling loneliness to evaluate service effectiveness.

Industrial relevance

Global policies and frameworks for tackling loneliness -

Perth Voices Clinic

Teaching overview

• Graduate supervision.

• Understanding social determinants of health and wellbeing for clinicians.


* Loneliness and social factors in mental health and wellbeing.

* Schizotypal traits and psychological disorders.

* Stigma and misconceptions about loneliness.

* A scoping review of contemporary social work research on loneliness.

External positions

Member, Steering Committee, Global Initiative on Loneliness and Connection

1 Jan 2021 → …

Vice Chair, Ending Loneliness Together

Research expertise keywords

  • Clinical psychology
  • Cognitive neuropsychology
  • Psychopathology
  • Individual differences
  • Cognitive assessment
  • Schizophrenia and related disorders
  • Schizotypy
  • Stigma, stereotypes and mental health
  • Perception
  • Memory
  • Executive/inhibitory control
  • Loneliness and social isolation


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