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Timothy Matthews

Lecturer in Psychology, University of Greenwich

Dr. Timothy Matthews completed his PhD at King's College London in 2017, where he conducted research into loneliness in adolescence and early adulthood. He was subsequently awarded a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship to continue his work in this area at KCL, and then joined the University of Greenwich in 2023 as a lecturer in psychology. His research output to date has focused on how loneliness in young people is associated with impairments in multiple areas of health and functioning, ranging from mental and physical health problems to employment prospects.

Dr. Matthews' research is highly inter-disciplinary, and integrates methods from diverse scientific disciplines including epidemiology, behavioural genetics, immunology and computer science. His current research aims to investigate how novel technology can inform ways of measuring and combating loneliness in the digital age. His research has previously received coverage in The Guardian, BBC Science Focus and New Scientist, and was also featured in the BBC Radio 4 documentary, 'The Anatomy of Loneliness'.


  • –present
    Lecturer in Psychology, University of Greenwich