Larisa McLoughlin

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Larisa McLoughlin


Research areas

  • cyberbullying bullying
  • youth mental health


Larisa has over 8 years experience conducting research through 3 postgraduate qualifications (Honours, Masters, and Doctorate) and her previous work for ConNetica Consulting. Her passion is youth mental health and cyberbullying. Larisa is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience Thompson Institute, working on a longitudinal study of youth mental health.

Larisa's postgraduate work focused primarily 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 (who was also her principal PhD supervisor). Larisa has advanced statistical analysis skills (particularly using SPSS and AMOS) but is also experienced in qualitative data collection and analysis.

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

  • 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.

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.


McLoughlin, L. (2017). An Investigation into the Relationships between Cyberbullying, Coping and Help Seeking in Young Adolescents (PhD Thesis). University of South Australia, Australia.

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

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

Karklins, L. T. (2012). The risks of social networking sites to South Australian high school students (Masters Thesis). Flinders University, Australia.

Karklins, L. T. (2010). The risk of connection: Social Networking sites and the dangers they pose to youth (Honours Thesis). Flinders University, Australia.

Professional memberships

Member of Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (individual membership)

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