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

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Professor Jo Badcock is an international expert on loneliness and social connection. In 2020, she co-founded the Global Initiative on Loneliness and Connection. Her research examines the assessment, mechanisms, and impact of loneliness on health and wellbeing. A major focus of her current work involves knowledge translation and communication to government, policymakers, community organizations and health care providers, 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.

Roles and responsibilities

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

 Independent Research Consultant


Future research

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

* Improving methods to disseminate research evidence on loneliness and social connection 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 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) Improving the social, emotional and communication functioning of adults with hearing loss.

2) Developing online training modules about loneliness for the pharmacy workforce.

Industrial relevance

Global policies and frameworks for tackling loneliness - https://www.gilc.global/about-us


Teaching overview

• Understanding the 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

Advisor, French Federation on Social Connection

1 Mar 2024 → …

Advisor, Recommended Public Health Guidelines for Social Connection, Canadian Alliance for Social Connection and Health

1 Jan 2024 → …

Member, technical advisory group (Guidance on mental health policies & strategic action plans), World Health Organization

21 Oct 202322 Oct 2023

Director of Evidence and Training, Ending Loneliness Together

16 May 202330 Mar 2024

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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