Lisa has a professional background in Social Work and a career long commitment to the mental health field of practice dating back to 1985. Lisa graduated with a Masters in Policy and Law from La Trobe University in 1995 and a PhD from The University of Melbourne in 2009. Her PhD focused on good practice with people on Community Treatment Orders and she has been involved in local and international collaborations regarding mental health law and its implications for policy, law reform and direct practice. Lisa was a member of the expert advisory group that reviewed the Victorian Mental Health Act. Lisa is a community member of the Victorian Mental Health Tribunal.
The position of Director of Research at Mind Australia commenced in January 2011 in partnership with the Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne. The Director of Research is employed by the University in an innovative in-reach position and Lisa’s research focus is on people experiencing mental ill health and psychosocial disability and their recovery, social inclusion and human rights.
Since April 2011 Lisa has been a member of the MSPGH’s Human Ethics Advisory Group. Lisa participated in the Academic Women in Leadership program at the University of Melbourne in 2016 and she was recently promoted to Level D (Associate Professor) at the University of Melbourne