Researcher Profile

Dr Lisa Wood

Lisa Wood
Lisa Wood

Phone: +61 8 6488 4376

Research Expertise:
  • Social capital and sense of community
  • Built environment and mental health
  • Social determinants of health
  • Research translation into practice and policy
  • Community and social benefits of pets
  • Social network analysis
  • Healthy parks and playgrounds
  • Aboriginal health
  • Health promotion evaluation


BCom PhD W.Aust., GradDipHlthProm Curtin


Dr Lisa Wood is a tireless advocate for research being relevant and useful to the real world, and the need for academia to go beyond 'the ivory tower'.

Research and teaching roles at UWA are complemented by nearly three decades of experience in public health and health promotion in WA, nationally and internationally. This experience includes work with academic, government and non-government organisations as well as engagement as a public health consultant.

Since completing her PhD in 2006, Lisa has been involved in a range of research relating to the social determinants of health, with a strong focus on reducing health inequalities experienced by vulnerable population groups.

Lisa currently holds a teaching and research position within the School of Population and Global Health, and is also a Senior Research Fellow with the Centre for Social Impact.

Increasingly Lisa’s research is focused on the need for more upstream and join-up solutions to address complex social challenges such as homelessness, incarceration, social isolation and closing the gap in Aboriginal wellbeing. Lisa’s research has had considerable traction with policy makers and government and non-government agencies, and she is highly regarded for her collaborative efforts with stakeholders to ensure research relevance and uptake. Other key areas of research have included social capital and sense of community; the role of pets in the community; tobacco control, nature-based play and mental health.

Current Projects

Homelessness: 50 Lives 50 Homes evaluation; Homeless Healthcare evaluation; RPH Homeless Team evaluation; Red Cross tenancy support evaluation

Aboriginal Health: Heart Health evaluation

Other projects to improve health in vulnerable populations: Drumbeat evaluation – veterans pilot; ANROWS domestic violence prevention in refugee communities; Choices pilot evaluation (RPH and Watch House); Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries – evaluation support for projects for disengaged young people

Lisa’s research is multidisciplinary and encompasses a breadth of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. For more information on current research and publications please visit


Unit Coordinator, lecturer and tutor for Health Leadership units in the Masters of Public Health and the undergraduate Population Health major

ID: 55738

Most frequent journals
  • Health & Place

    ISSNs: 1353-8292, 1873-2054


    Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 3.08 SJR 1.355 SNIP 1.273

    Journal: ERA2018

  • The Health Promotion Journal of Australia

    ISSNs: 1036-1073

    CSIRO Publishing

    Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 0.97 SJR 0.553 SNIP 0.622

    Journal: ERA2018

  • Social Science & Medicine

    ISSNs: 0277-9536, 1873-5347


    Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 3.25 SJR 1.739 SNIP 1.737

    Journal: ERA2018

  • Journal of Environmental Psychology

    ISSNs: 0272-4944, 1522-9610

    Academic Press

    Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 4.61 SJR 1.805 SNIP 2.154

    Journal: ERA2018


    ISSNs: 0013-9165, 1552-390X

    SAGE Publications Ltd

    Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 3.29 SJR 1.208 SNIP 1.82

    Journal: ERA2018

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