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, Mind and Society Laboratory (Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health) Dr Rico Lee is a research fellow mentored by Prof. Murat Yücel. He leads The BrainPAC Project, involving 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). The early outcomes of The BrainPAC Project has led to his successfully obtaining NHMRC Project Grant funding in 2018 to scale up the project internationally. 


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.


At just 4 years post-PhD, Dr Rico Lee has published more than 40 papers, which have been highly cited (1000+), 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; Addictions 2017, Lisbon, Portugal; SOBP 2019, Chicago, USA). Additionally, he has ongoing collaborations with leading researchers around the world (eg, Cambridge University, UK; University of California San Francisco, USA).  


He has served on Project Grant review panels 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

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Projects 2018 2021

Research Output 2012 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

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.

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A psychophysiological and behavioural study of slot machine near-misses using immersive virtual reality

Detez, L., Greenwood, L. M., Segrave, R., Wilson, E., Chandler, T., Ries, T., Stevenson, M., Lee, R. S. C. & Yücel, M., 1 Sep 2019, In : Journal of Gambling Studies. 35, 3, p. 929-944 16 p.

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A study on the correlates of habit-, reward-, and fear-related motivations in alcohol use disorder

Piquet-Pessôa, M., Chamberlain, S. R., Lee, R. S. C., Ferreira, G. M., Cruz, M. S., Ribeiro, A. P., De Menezes, G. B., Albertella, L., Yücel, M. & Fontenelle, L. F., 27 Mar 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : CNS Spectrums. 8 p.

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19 Citations (Scopus)

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 others, Grant, 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., Jun 2019, In : Addiction. 114, 6, p. 1095-1109 15 p.

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Reward-related attentional capture is associated with severity of addictive and obsessive-compulsive behaviors

Albertella, L., Le Pelley, M. E., Chamberlain, S. R., Westbrook, F., Fontenelle, L. F., Segrave, R., Lee, R., Pearson, D. & Yucel, M., 1 Aug 2019, In : Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. 33, 5, p. 495-502 8 p.

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Open Access