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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 is a registered psychologist and early career researcher, having graduated from her PhD and Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology) in December 2015. Following two years as a practicing psychologist and teaching fellow, Dr Grech accepted a role as a postdoctoral research fellowship. Her research program aims to improve health outcomes in people with multiple sclerosis by focusing on challenges from the dual perspective of the healthcare practitioner and the person with MS. Current projects aim to 1) improve detection and treatment of depression through healthcare services; 2) understand the relationship between medication burden and medication adherence to disease modifying treatments; 3) improve smoking cessation supports for people with MS. She is also undertaking a proof of concept project assessing the ability of antidepressant medication to provide neuroprotection in people with MS, currently in data analysis phase, and 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 committed to translational research that is focused on consumer, healthcare services and socioeconomic benefits. She is a consumer investigator, having been diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis in 2000. She is a volunteer support worker for people with MS through Multiple Sclerosis Limited and values the understanding this provides about the experiences of people with multiple sclerosis away from the research setting.

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
  • 2019 (current): Associate, MS Nurses Australasia, Australia
  • 2019 (current): Member, International Society of Quality of Life Research, International
  • 2017 (current): Member, Brain Foundation, Australia

Publications

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

  • 2020: Improving the detection and treatment of depression in people with multiple sclerosis. *; MS RESEARCH AUSTRALIA INCUBATOR GRANT
  • 2018: Improving oral medication adherence and reducing medication errors in cancer treatment *; Victorian Cancer Agency Funding Scheme

* Chief Investigator


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