Rico Lee


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Dr Rico Lee completed his undergraduate studies in psychology and advanced neuroscience at the University of Sydney in 2007. He underwent specialist training in clinical neuropsychology at Macquarie University, where he later attained his PhD conjointly with the Brain and Mind Research Institute in 2014. He was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at the Brain and Mind Centre as part of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Optimising Early Interventions for Young People with Emerging Mood Disorders, where he spent two years modelling the underlying mechanisms of early-stage depressive, bipolar and psychotic illness.   


At the Brain and Mental Health Laboratory (Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences) Dr Rico Lee is a research fellow supervised by Prof. Murat Yücel. He leads the development of emerging cognitive technologies with industry partners (namely, Cogstate, Torus Games and Sensilab), which aim to phenotype core cognitive and behavioural constructs across disorders of impulsivity and compulsivity (eg, addictions, obsessive-compulsive disorder). Dr Rico Lee also has a special interest in cognitive rehabilitation using brain training tools. He is involved with the prototyping and testing of virtual reality technology as an immersive approach to examining real-world addictive behaviours (eg, problem gambling). He has a keen interest in complex statistical modelling of the underlying factors that drive mental ill health and disability in transdiagnostic clinical and community cohorts.


Dr Rico Lee has published numerous papers, which have been highly cited (>500), including being ranked within the top 1% of citations in the psychiatry and psychology field. He is a peer reviewer for top international journals (eg, JAMA) and has been awarded various travel awards to disseminate his research findings at an international level (eg, SIRS 2016, Florence, Italy). Additionally, he has ongoing collaborations with leading researchers around the world (eg, Newcastle, UK; Rome, Italy; Bergen, Norway).  


He has reviewed grants for NHMRC, and been an external reviewer for international grant funding bodies (eg, Ontario Mental Health Foundation). Dr Rico Lee was appointed the Co-Chair of the Translational Neurobiology Consortium Cognition Panel (2015-Current; Orygen, The National Centre of Research Excellence in Youth Mental Health) aimed at harmonising neuropsychological approaches to psychiatric research across Australia.


Presently, he supervises research students at the Honours, Masters and Doctorate levels. 

External positions

Affiliate , Brain and Mind Research Institute

1 Jan 2017 → …

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Projects 2018 2021

Research Output 2012 2019

A data-driven transdiagnostic analysis of white matter integrity in young adults with major psychiatric disorders

Hermens, D. F., Hatton, S. N., White, D., Lee, R. S. C., Guastella, A. J., Scott, E. M., Naismith, S. L., Hickie, I. B. & Lagopoulos, J., 8 Mar 2019, In : Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry. 89, p. 73-83 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

A transdiagnostic dimensional approach towards a neuropsychological assessment for addiction: an international Delphi consensus study

Yücel, M., Oldenhof, E., Ahmed, S. H., Belin, D., Billieux, J., Bowden-Jones, H., Carter, A., Chamberlain, S. R., Clark, L., Connor, J., Daglish, M., Dom, G., Dannon, P., Duka, T., Fernandez-Serrano, M. J., Field, M., Franken, I., Goldstein, R. Z., Gonzalez, R., Goudriaan, A. E. & 21 othersGrant, J. E., Gullo, M. J., Hester, R., Hodgins, D. C., Le Foll, B., Lee, R. S. C., Lingford-Hughes, A., Lorenzetti, V., Moeller, S. J., Munafò, M. R., Odlaug, B., Potenza, M. N., Segrave, R., Sjoerds, Z., Solowij, N., van den Brink, W., van Holst, R. J., Voon, V., Wiers, R., Fontenelle, L. F. & Verdejo-Garcia, A., 1 Jan 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Addiction. 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Distress and sleep quality in young amphetamine-type stimulant users with an affective or psychotic illness

Crouse, J. J., Lee, R. S. C., White, D., Moustafa, A. A., Hickie, I. B. & Hermens, D. F., 1 Apr 2018, In : Psychiatry Research. 262, p. 254-261 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Exploring the association of legalisation status of cannabis with problematic cannabis use and impulsivity in the USA

Destrée, L., Amiet, D., Carter, A., Lee, R., Lorenzetti, V., Segrave, R., Youssef, G., Solowij, N. & Yücel, M., 17 Sep 2018, In : Drugs in Context. 7, 5 p., 212541.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

In vivo imaging of oxidative stress and fronto-limbic white matter integrity in young adults with mood disorders

Hermens, D. F., Hatton, S. N., Lee, R. S. C., Naismith, S. L., Duffy, S. L., Paul Amminger, G., Kaur, M., Scott, E. M., Lagopoulos, J. & Hickie, I. B., Mar 2018, In : European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience. 268, 2, p. 145-156 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review