Lisa Wood

Associate Professor, BCom PhD W.Aust., GradDipHlthProm Curtin

  • The University of Western Australia (M431), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 1629 Citations
  • 21 h-Index
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Personal profile


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

Teaching overview

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


  • Social capital and sense of community
  • Mental health
  • Social determinants of health
  • Research translation into practice and policy
  • Community and social benefits of pets
  • Homelessness
  • pets and wellbeing
  • Aboriginal health
  • Health promotion evaluation
  • research impact
  • health inequalities
  • tobacco control

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Projects 2001 2020

Research Output 2003 2019

Hospital collaboration with a Housing First program to improve health outcomes for people experiencing homelessness

Wood, L., Wood, N., Vallesi, S., Stafford, A., Davies, A. & Cumming, C., 18 Jan 2019, In : Housing, Care and Support. 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Open Access

50 Lives 50 Homes: Snapshot report

Vallesi, S. R., Wood, L. J., Cumming, C. N. & Tuson, M. D., 12 Apr 2018, 4 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther output

1 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
Social Networking
Data Accuracy


2013 Awards for Planning Excellence: Big Project Award

Lisa Wood (Recipient), 2013

Prize/award: Honorary award


Fay Gale Fellowship 2014

Lisa Wood (Recipient), 2015

Prize/award: Honorary award

Inaugural 'Emerging Health Promotion Leader' Award

Lisa Wood (Recipient), 2012

Prize/award: Honorary award

Vice Chancellors mid-level career research award 2016

Lisa Wood (Recipient), Sep 2016

Prize/award: Honorary award


PUBH3301: Health Leadership

Lisa Wood


Teaching unit (UWA): Course

PUBH3301: Health Leadership

Lisa Wood


Teaching unit (UWA): Course

PUBH3301: Health Leadership

Lisa Wood


Teaching unit (UWA): Course

PUBH5763: Leadership and Management of Health Services

Lisa Wood


Teaching unit (UWA): Course