Dr Rico Lee completed his undergraduate studies in psychology and advanced neuroscience at the University of Sydney in 2007. He subsequently 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.
At BMH, Dr Lee is a cognitive neuroscience research fellow. 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 compulsive disorders and habits. Dr 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. 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 Lee's work has been published extensively in leading journals, and has already been highly cited, including being ranked within the top 1% of citations in the psychiatry and psychology field. He is a reviewer for national (eg, NHMRC) and international grant funding bodies (eg, Ontario Mental Health Foundation), as well as for top international journals (eg, JAMA). He has been awarded various travel awards to disseminate his research findings at an international level (e.g., SIRS 2016, Florence, Italy), and maintains active collaborations with leading researchers around the world (eg, Newcastle, UK; Rome, Italy; Bergen, Norway).
Lee, R. S. C., Hermens, D., Scott, J., O’Dea, B., Glozier, N., Scott, E., & Hickie, I. (in press). A transdiagnostic study of education, employment, and training outcomes in young people with mental illness. Psychological Medicine. Accepted 03-Feb-17.
Lee, R. S. C., Hermens, D. F., Naismith, S. L., Lagopoulos, J., Jones, A., Scott, J., . . . Hickie, I. B. (2015). Neuropsychological and functional outcomes in recent-onset major depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia-spectrum disorders: A longitudinal cohort study. Translational Psychiatry, 5, e555.
Lee, R. S. C., Redoblado, M. A., Naismith, S. L., Hermens, D. F., Porter, M. A., & Hickie, I. B. (2013). Cognitive remediation improves memory and psychosocial functioning in first-episode psychiatric out-patients. Psychological Medicine, 43(6), 1161-1173.
Lee, R. S. C., Hermens, D. F., Redoblado, M. A., Naismith, S. L., Porter, M. A., Kaur, M., . . . Hickie, I. B. (2013). Neuropsychological and socio-occupational functioning in young psychiatric outpatients: a longitudinal investigation. PLoS One, 8(3), e58176.
Lee, R. S. C., Hermens, D. F., Scott, J., Redoblado-Hodge, M. A., Naismith, S. L., Lagopoulos, J., . . . Hickie, I. B. (2014). A meta-analysis of neuropsychological functioning in first-episode bipolar disorders. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 57, 1-11.