Our social connections shape us in the eyes of others and ourselves, and guide us – at least partially – towards our destiny in life. What we believe in, what we value, what motivates us and what we aspire to are all framed by the people surrounding us.

Our research acknowledges the profound impact that human interaction has on our wellbeing, whether in one-on-one scenarios or in larger group situations, whether with loved ones or professional colleagues.

This is an extremely dynamic area of study that, in some cases, involves the use of music or other stimuli to help build feelings of social connection and support.

Understanding challenges for particular groups such as the elderly, recovering addicts, the physically infirm, or even university students, can help us better identify remedies to lead to positive outcomes.

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An evidence-based psychological intervention that directly targets the psychological distress that results from loneliness and social isolation.

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Professor Alex Haslam
Alex is Professor of Social and Organizational Psychology and Australian Laureate Fellow. His research focuses on the study of group and identity processes in organizational, social, and clinical contexts.
Professor Catherine Haslam
Research investigates the cognitive and social consequences of trauma and disease in neurological populations, and also on identity-cognition relationships in aging.
Associate Professor Genevieve Dingle
Research interest in how groups and communities can influence mental health and wellbeing of adults of all ages.