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Welcome to Dr. Teo's lab!

Our Mission

To improve mental health by studying ways to strengthen social connections in real-world settings. 

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Left to right: Kaitlin Leonard, Project Coordinator; Aaron Call, Lab Manager; Alan Teo, PI; Kim Hubbard, Project Coordinator; Mary Benton, Project Coordinator; Tulia Fargis, Research Assitant. 

What influences do loneliness and isolation have on mental health? How can social support and one’s social network mitigate risk of suicide? What lessons does hikikomori—a severe form of social withdrawal—teach us that are applicable to other conditions? And how can tools such as public health campaigns and outreach on social media be leveraged to promote help-seeking and treatment for mental health concerns?

These are the types of questions that motivate and underlie the work in Dr. Teo’s lab.


Click here to learn more about the 25-item Hikikomori Questionnaire (HQ-25), and here for more information about the Hikikomori Diagnostic Evaluation (HiDE).

Click here to learn more about the Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care (CIVIC), where Dr. Teo works with military veterans and their loved ones to help improve their mental healthcare.

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The materials posted here do not represent the views of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or the United States Government.

© 2023 by Alan R. Teo, MD, MS.

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