• The University of Western Australia (M304), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Lisette obtained her PhD from Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands in January 2004 for her research focused on near misses and minor incidents, investigating the recovery steps taken in these events that kept them from developing into more severe accidents. She also holds an MSc in Industrial Safety Management from the University of Central Missouri (1995) and an MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management Science from Eindhoven University of Technology (1994).
Lisette’s main area of expertise is human performance management, specialising in human and organisational factors and work design characteristics that influence people’s work practices and performance. She has worked in research, training and consultancy in a variety of industrial settings across Europe and Australia, including chemical industry, oil and gas, mining, rail transport, and healthcare settings.
Currently, as a senior lecturer at UWA, Lisette teaches into several postgraduate programs across psychology, human sciences, business, and engineering. She is the course coordinator for the Graduate Certificate in- and Master of Business Psychology courses. Her supportive, engaging and practice-oriented approach in teaching and student mentoring and supervision has been recognised in several teaching awards.

As part of her role at UWA, Lisette continues her research on various aspects of human performance at work, through collaborations with the resources industry and with not-for-profit organisations, and through supervision of students in such collaborations. Recent projects have focused on procedure use and procedure management, on how front-line leaders juggle multiple job demands, on virtual teams, on industry-specific safety climate measurement, and on safety leadership and approaching safety differently, and have often led to organisational change. 

Teaching overview

PSYC5556 Work design

PSYC5830 Human and organisational factors in managing work health and safety

PSYC5515 Organisational development and change

PSYC4102 Psychology foundations: Behaviour in context




  • individual and team work design
  • remote work/virtual teams
  • human factors
  • work health and safety (including safety climate and behaviours, error orientation, procedure and competency management, near miss reporting)

Future research

Lisette is available (within workload limits) for supervision or co-supervision of Psychology Honours, Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology, and PhD thesis research, aligned with her research interests and expertise.

If you are passionate about doing research in which psychology is applied to improve workplaces, feel free to reach out to see how we might be able to collaborate. 


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

Education/Academic qualification

human performance management, PhD, Recovery uncovered: How people in the chemical process industry recover from failures, Eindhoven University of Technology

30 Nov 19997 Jan 2004

Award Date: 7 Jan 2004

Industrial Safety Management, MSc, Central Missouri State University

Award Date: 16 Dec 1995

Industrial Engineering and Management Science, MSc, Eindhoven University of Technology

Award Date: 31 Aug 1995

Industry keywords

  • Mining and Resources
  • Transport
  • Not for Profit
  • Medicine and Pharma

Research expertise keywords

  • Human performance
  • Safety culture and climate
  • Leadership
  • Human factors
  • Work design


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