Jo Badcock

Professor, BA Oxf., MA PhD Melb.

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

    6009 Perth


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Professor Jo Badcock is the Vice Chairperson and Deputy Scientific Chair of Ending Loneliness Together and a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science. Her research examines the assessment, mechanisms, and impact of loneliness on health and wellbeing across a range of clinical groups and in healthcare providers. A major focus of her current work involves knowledge translation and communication to government, policymakers, community organizations and clinicians, to ensure that research evidence is accessible, understandable and of benefit to knowledge users.

Professor Badcock serves as a scientific consultant and advisor for state, national and international organizations tackling social isolation and loneliness, 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 Consultant


Future research

* Examining the training needs and resources for healthcare providers tackling loneliness 

* Developing strategies to address loneliness and social isolation in Western Australia

* Improving methods to disseminate research evidence on loneliness into public policy


Funding overview

Project funding:

Developing an online directory of services for loneliness and social connection (Perpetual Impact Funding)

A self-care toolkit for managing loneliness in healthcare providers (Corporate Sponsorship)


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.

* Neurobehavioural phenotypes of social isolation and loneliness in serious mental illness

* Stigma and misconceptions about loneliness.

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

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

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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