Karra Harrington

Dr Karra Harrington is a postdoctoral research fellow and clinical psychology registrar. Her research interests are in the impact of loneliness on mental health and wellbeing and understanding how to best support people experiencing loneliness. She is working with Dr Michelle Lim on projects aimed at reducing loneliness in vulnerable populations, particularly older adults and young people.

Dr Harrington completed her PhD at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Melbourne. In her doctoral research she explored healthy ageing and changes in memory and other cognitive abilities. During her PhD she also co-developed Write Smarter: Feel Better, a peer-mentoring program for PhD students to support their productivity and wellbeing through group interaction.

Wominjeka (Welcome). We acknowledge the Yaluk-ut Weelam as the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet. Yaluk-ut Weelam means ‘people of the river camp’ and is connected with the coastal land at the head of Port Phillip Bay, extending from the Werribee River to Mordialloc. The Yaluk-ut Weelam are part of the Boon Wurrung, one of the five major language groups of the greater Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to the land, their ancestors and their elders—past, present and to the future.