Dr Larisa McLoughlin - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Dr Larisa McLoughlin

BBSc (Hons), MA, Flin. PhD, S.Aust

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Youth Mental Health, Thompson Institute
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Dr Larisa McLoughlin

Larisa has more than nine years' experience conducting research on cyberbullying through three postgraduate qualifications (Honours, Masters, and Doctorate) and her previous work for ConNetica Consulting.

Larisa is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at USC's Thompson Institute, working on the Longitudinal Adolescent Brain Study (LABS).

Larisa is also investigating the neurobiological underpinnings of cyberbullying. Her research uses 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 as 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, led by Associate Professor Barbara Spears.

Larisa has tutored in university courses both online and offline, at undergraduate and masters level, and has experience as a research assistant on several projects.


Larisa has presented at several national and international conferences, including:

  • The Society for Mental Health Research 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 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.

Awards and scholarships

  • Larisa was awarded the Early Career Scholar Award by the Society for Mental Health Research (SMHR) in 2018
  • Larisa was awarded a Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre scholarship for her PhD.
  • Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarships were provided for all of her higher degrees by research

Professional memberships

  • Member of Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) (individual membership)
  • Member of Society for Mental Health Research (SMHR) scientific committee (2018)
  • Member of SMHR local organizing committee (2018)
  • Member of SMHR EMCR Committee (2018)
  • Frontiers for Young Minds Science Mentor

Higher degree by research opportunities

  • Projects are available in the ground-breaking Longitudinal Adolescent Brain Study, particularly those involving brain imaging (EEG, magnetic resonance spectroscopy), cognition and onset of mental disorder
  • Cyberbullying and functional MRI in adolescents

Research areas

  • Cyberbullying
  • Traditional bullying
  • Youth mental health
  • Social connectedness
  • Cyberbystanders
  • Adolescence
  • Coping and help seeking
  • Neuroscience

Maiden name Karklins.

McLoughlin, L. T., Broadhouse, K. M., Clacy, A. C., Winks, N., Lagopoulos, J., & Hermens, D. F. (in press) The Cyberbullying Picture Series (CyPicS): Developed for use in cyberbullying and cyberbystander research. Psychological Reports. https://doi.org/10.1177/0033294120922488

Beaudequin, D., Schwenn, P., McLoughlin, L. T., Parker, M. J., Broadhouse, K., Simcock, G., . . . Hermens, D. F. (2020). Using measures of intrinsic homeostasis and extrinsic modulation to evaluate mental health in adolescents: Preliminary results from the Longitudinal Adolescent Brain Study (LABS). Psychiatry Res, 112848. doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2020.112848

Simcock, G., McLoughlin, L. T., De Regt, T., Broadhouse, K. M., Beaudequin, D., Lagopoulos, J., & Hermens, D. F. (2020). Associations between Facial Emotion Recognition and Mental Health in Early Adolescence. International journal of environmental research and public health, 17(1), 330. DOI:10.3390/ijerph17010330

McLoughlin, L. T., Shan, Z., Broadhouse, K. M., Winks, N., Simcock, G., Lagopoulos, J., & Hermens, D. F. (2020). Neurobiological underpinnings of cyberbullying: A pilot functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging study. Human Brain Mapping. 41(6), 1495-1504. DOI:10.1002/hbm.24890

McLoughlin, L. T., Shan, Z., BroadhouseK. M., Lagopoulos, J., Winks, N., Hermens, D. F. (2020). Elucidating the neurobiology of cyberbullying using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging(fMRI): A hypothesis. Aggression and Violent Behavior. 50. doi.org/10.1016/j.avb.2019.101360

Hickie, I.B., Davenport, T.A., Burns, J.M., Milton, A.C., Ospina‐Pinillos, L., Whittle, L., Ricci, C. S., McLoughlin, L. T., Mendoza, J., Cross, S. P., Piper, S.E. (2019). Project Synergy: co‐designing technology‐enabled solutions for Australian mental health services reform. The Medical Journal of Australia, 211, S3-9. DOI:10.5694/mja2.50349

Kennedy, M., McLoughlin, L. T., Clacy, A. (2019). Telling someone and telling on someone – Is there a difference? Frontiers for Young Minds – Understanding Neuroscience. DOI: 10.3389/frym.2019.00117

Broadhouse, K. M., BoyesA., Winks, N., Dokonal, T., McLoughlin, L. T., Parker M., BeaudequinD., Lagopoulos, J., Hermens, D. F. (2019). Subcortical volume correlates of psychological distress in adolescents. Developmental Neuroscience. doi.org/10.1159/000502339

McLoughlin, L. T. (2019). Understanding and measuring coping with cyberbullying: Exploratory factor analysis of the Brief Coping Orientation to Problems Experienced Inventory. Current Psychology. DOI: 10.1007/s12144-019-00378-8

McLoughlin, L. T., Spears., B., Taddeo, C., & Hermens, D. (2019). Remaining connected in the face of cyberbullying: Why social connectedness is important for mental health. Psychology in the Schools, 56 (6), 945-958. DOI: 10.1002/pits.22232

McLoughlin, L. T., & Hermens, D. (2018) Cyberbullying and Social Connectedness. Front. Young Minds6 (54). DOI: 10.3389/frym.2018.00054

McLoughlin, L. T., Spears, B., & Taddeo, C. (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, 10(1), 5-24.

Spears, B., Taddeo, C., Daly, A., Stretton, A., & Karklins, L. T. (2015). Cyberbullying, help-seeking and mental health in young Australians: Implications for public health. International Journal of Public Health, 60 (2), 219-226. DOI: 10.1007/s00038-014-0642-y

Karklins, L. T., & Dalton, D. (2012). Social networking sites and the dangers they pose to youth: Some Australian findings. Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 24, 25-42. DOI: 10.1080/10345329.2012.12035955

Dr Larisa McLoughlin is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Thompson Institute. She is working on the Longitudinal Adolescent Brain Study (LABS), incorporating brain imaging and neurocognitive assessments every year. Larisa will focus primarily on cyberbullying and how these experiences may influence brain development, cognition, and mental health in adolescents.

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