DR Lisa McKay-Brown

DR Lisa McKay-Brown


  • Complex behaviours of concern (Functional assessment; intervention studies)
  • School attendance issues (School refusal; intervention studies)



  • Dr Lisa McKay-Brown is a Senior Lecturer in Learning Intervention at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne where she is program coordinator of the Master of Learning Intervention. Prior to this, Lisa was a leading teacher at Travancore School, a mental health focussed special education setting. Lisa has over 25 years experience working in education, including primary, secondary and special education settings, and specialist alcohol and other drug services. She is currently involved in research projects focusing on helpseeking by adolescents for alcohol use and mental health, wraparound interventions for re-engaging severe school refusers, and including the voice of students with mental health diagnoses in their education.   


Member of

  • Association for Positive Behavior Support (APBS). Professional Member 2018 -
  • International Network for School Attendance (INSA). My Country co-host 2018 -
  • Positive Behavioural Interventions and Supports Australia (PBISA). Co-leader: Promote and Sustain Focus Group 2014 -
  • American Educational Research Association (APBS). SIG member: Critical Educators for Social Justice; SIG member: Paulo Freire SIG 2017 - 2019


Selected publications


Investigator on


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2011
  • MEd, University of Melbourne 2000
  • BA, Monash University 1993
  • DipT, Victoria College 1988

Awards and honors

  • Excellence and Prevention in Education for the MakingtheLink project, Alcohol and Drug Foundation, 2017



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • My research interests are focused on the impact of student mental health on school engagement and disengagement, particularly school refusal and interventions to support a return to school. Other research interests are School Wide Positive Behaviour Support, particularly wraparound models of care for students with complex needs.