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Dr Lisa Grech

Research Fellow
Doctor of Philosopy (Topic: Clinical Neuropsychology), University of Melbourne, Australia; Master of Psychology (Specialisation: Clinical Neuropsychology), University of Melbourne, Australia; Bachelor of Arts (Psychology; Honours), Monash University, Australia; Bachelor of Business (Marketing), Monash University, Australia

Biography


Dr Lisa Grech's research focus is on the assessment of lifestyle factors and interventions aimed at lessening disease progression and enhancing overall health and quality of life for people with chronic illnesses, particularly multiple sclerosis. She also has an interest in diagnostic terminology related to disability and the impact of its use for people with disabilities, their families, carers and the broader community.

Dr Grech is a registered psychologist and early career researcher, having graduated from her PhD and Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology) in December 2015.  Her PhD assessed the relationship between executive function, coping and psychosocial outcomes in people with multiple sclerosis. A key contribution was the expanding the understanding of the type of coping strategies that lead to positive and negative psychosocial outcomes in people with reduced executive function. From this research, Dr Grech has published five papers, two abstracts and displayed posters at two international and one national conference to maximize scientific translation.

Dr Grech is principal investigator for a proof of concept project assessing the ability of antidepressant medication to provide neuroprotection in people with multiple sclerosis, which is midway through recruitment and data collection. In 2018, Dr Grech was awarded a two-year $300,000 Victorian Cancer Association Early Career Health Services Research Fellowship to undertake a project assessing an intervention to improve medication adherence in chronic illness, initially cancer. Dr Grech is an invited member of a MS Research Australia working group looking at evidence-based modifiable lifestyle factors for disease and symptom management. She is a volunteer support worker for people with multiple sclerosis, through Multiple Sclerosis Limited, and values the understanding this provides about the experiences of people with multiple sclerosis away from the research setting.

Dr Grech was the recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award to support her PhD research and received a support scholarship to undertake her masters (2009) and honours (2008) qualifications. She has received an Graduate Women Victoria award for postgraduate women in researcn, was nominated for a Vice Chancellor’s undergraduate research scholarship in 2008 and received a Dean’s recognition awards for outstanding performance in semesters 1 and 2 in 2007, and semester 1 in 2008. Her research poster displayed at ECTRIMS in Copenhagen 2013 was shortlisted as a top-scoring poster from among 1200 posters.


Research interests

Anxiety; Cancer Care; Medication adherence; Executive Function; Coping; Stress

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Co-Supervisor.

Honours

Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Biological Psychology (neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology) - 170101
  • Other Medical And Health Sciences - 119900
  • Other Psychology And Cognitive Sciences - 179900

Teaching areas

Cognitive Psychology;Psychological Measurement;Cognitive Psychology;Psychological Measurement;Health Psychology;;Neuropsychology;

Awards

  • 2014, National, Award for women in postgraduate education: $500, Graduate Women's Association
  • 2013, National, GRiPs: Outstanding Presenter Award, University of Melbourne
  • 2010, National, Australian Postgraduate Award: 3.5 year scholarship, University of Melbourne
  • 2009, National, Graduate Access Scholarship: $5000, University of Melbourne
  • 2008, National, Faculty of Arts Study Assistance Scholarship, Monash University
  • 2008, National, Dean's recognition award for outstanding academic results, Monash Univeristy
  • 2007, National, Dean's recognition award for outstanding academic results, Monash University

Professional memberships

  • 2018 (current): Member, Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer, International
  • 2016 (current): Member, Australian Psychological Society, Australia
  • 2016 (current): Member, Australian Health Practitioner Agency: Registered Psychologist, Australia

Publications

Also published as: Grech, Lisa; Grech, L.; Grech, L. B.; Grech, Lisa B.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2018: Improving oral medication adherence and reducing medication errors in cancer treatment *; Victorian Cancer Agency Funding Scheme

* Chief Investigator


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