Dr Emily Long

  • MRC Skills Development Fellow (Institute of Health & Wellbeing Social Sciences)


Dr. Emily Long is a Medical Research Council (MRC) Skills Development Fellow, with a joint appointment in the College of Social Sciences, and the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit. She works within the Complexity in Health Improvement and Social Relationships and Health Improvement programmes.

Emily holds a PhD in Psychology, with an emphasis on sociobehavioral epidemiology, from Utah State University. She is currently Principal Investigator on an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) grant investigating loneliness and wellbeing among young people in the UK using secondary data analysis. 


Research interests

My research related to social networks includes projects related to:

1. The mechanisms through which social relationships impact health outcomes (e.g., substance use, mental health)

2. The extent to which health influences the structure of social networks

3. Social network interventions and leveraging social relationships in behaviour change programs

My research related to loneliness among young people includes projects related to:

1. Identifying individual, social, and community risk factors for loneliness

2. Multilevel analysis of variation in loneliness

3. The dynamics between loneliness and mental health

4. Associations between social isolation and loneliness

5. Implications of loneliness on wellbeing



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Grants and Awards listed are those received whilst working with the University of Glasgow.

  • Loneliness and Mental Health in Adolescent and Young Adult Populations
    Economic and Social Research Council
    2020 - 2021
  • Complex systems science: Applications to population health
    Medical Research Council
    2018 - 2021