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Larisa McLoughlin

Research Fellow at Behaviour Brain Body Research Centre, UniSA, University of South Australia

Larisa has over a decade of experience conducting research through 3 postgraduate qualifications (Honours, Masters, and Doctorate) and her previous work for ConNetica Consulting.

Larisa has recently commenced working at the Behaviour Brain Body Research Centre at UniSA as a research fellow. Larisa was a Research Fellow at the USC's Thompson Institute from 2017-2022, working on the Longitudinal Adolescent Brain Study (LABS). LABS is collecting data using: self-report, neurocognitive assessments, neuropsychiatric interviews, MRI scans, and EEG.
Larisa also undertook her own research investigating the neurobiological underpinnings of cyberbullying. Her research used functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) to observe how the brain responds to witnessing cyberbullying. Larisa has developed CyPicS (Cyberbullying Picture Series) for use in this research.

Larisa's postgraduate work focused on cyberbullying, namely the mental health outcomes associated with it, as well help seeking and coping behaviours of young people. Her PhD was under a scholarship by the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, and Larisa was a key team member for the Safe and Well Online Study at UniSA, lead by Associate Professor Barbara Spears.

Larisa has presented at several national and international conferences, including:
- The Society for Mental Health Research (SMHR) Conference in 2019 in Melbourne, Australia
- The International Association of Youth Mental Health Conference in 2019 in Brisbane, Australia
- The Society for Mental Health Research (SMHR) Conference in 2018 in Sunshine Coast, Australia
- The National Centre Against Bullying Conference in 2016 in Melbourne, Australia
- The International Society for Research on Aggression World Meeting in 2016 in Sydney, Australia
- The Bullies, Bullied and Bystander Conference by the Anti-Bullying Centre in 2016 in Dublin, Ireland
- The Australasian Human Development Association Conference in 2015 in Wellington, New Zealand
- The International Association of Youth Mental Health Conference in 2015 in Montreal, Canada
- The Young and Well National Connect Conference in 2014 in Melbourne, Australia
- The Australian Association for Research in Education Conference in 2013 in Adelaide, Australia
- The Australia New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference in 2012 in Auckland, New Zealand.


  • 2017–present
    Research fellow, Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience Thompson Institute, University of the Sunshine Coast
  • 2016–2017
    Research Consultant, ConNetica Consulting


  • 2017 
    University of South Australia, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2012 
    Flinders University, Masters of Arts by Research
  • 2010 
    Flinders University, Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) (Honours)


  • 2019
    Project Synergy: co-designing technology-enabled solutions for Australian mental health services reform., The Medical Journal of Australia
  • 2019
    Subcortical volume correlates of psychological distress in adolescents, Developmental Neuroscience
  • 2019
    Understanding and measuring coping with cyberbullying in adolescents: exploratory factor analysis of the brief coping orientation to problems experienced inventory, Current Psychology
  • 2019
    Remaining connected in the face of cyberbullying: Why social connectedness is important for mental health, Psychology in the Schools
  • 2019
    Elucidating the neurobiology of cyberbullying using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging(fMRI): A hypothesis, Agression and Violent Behavior
  • 2019
    Neurobiological underpinnings of cyberbullying: A pilot functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging study, Human Brain Mapping
  • 2018
    The Importance of Social Connection for Cybervictims: How Connectedness and Technology Could Promote Mental Health and Wellbeing in Young People, International Journal of Emotional Education
  • 2018
    Cyberbullying and being socially connected, Frontiers for Young Minds
  • 2015
    Cyberbullying, help-seeking and mental health in young Australians: Implications for public health, International Journal of Public Health
  • 2012
    Social networking sites and the dangers they pose to youth: Some Australian findings, Current Issues in Criminal Justice