Lisa moved to Melbourne from the US where she earned a PhD in Sociology from the University of Kentucky and a MS in Criminal Justice from Eastern Kentucky University.
She has worked in environmental education; children's safety education; and has taught as an Adjunct Professor at University of Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky University. Her qualitative dissertation examined motivations for subsistence home-gardening and food preservation in rural and urban Kentucky communities.
Lisa is currently managing RPC's research into the Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY), including the co-design of a nationwide implementation study, HIPPY in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities that will explore the home learning environment and early childhood education. Her past projects include managing the Research and Policy Centre's website redesign as part of a cross-division team and completing a program evaluation assessing best practices for engagement in the Developing Independence practice approach.