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Personal profile


Lisa is the Director of Research for the School of Primary and Allied Health Care. She is based in the department of Occupational Therapy and teaches into Graduate Entry and Undergraduate courses.

Her research has built on her PhD (completed in 2011) which incorporated quantitative (RCT, cohort, and audit) and qualitative methods to explore the issue of treatment adherence in people with acute hand injuries. She now has two key streams of research:

  • Clinical research, specifically the management of upper limb injuries
  • Health Services Research, including workforce design and health literacy

She is a member of Monash Health's Allied Health Research Unit, working as a post-doc research fellow across several multidisciplinary projects.

External positions

Honorary, Alfred Health

Aug 2016 → …

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Projects 2009 2020

Research Output 2002 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

A novel counterbalanced implementation study design: Methodological description and application to implementation research

Sarkies, M. N., Skinner, E. H., Bowles, K. A., Morris, M. E., Williams, C., O'Brien, L., Bardoel, A., Martin, J., Holland, A. E., Carey, L., White, J. & Haines, T. P., 2 May 2019, In : Implementation Science. 14, 1, 11 p., 45.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Barriers and facilitators to adopting functional maintenance initiatives for acutely hospitalised older adults

Kavanagh, A. Y., O’Brien, L. J., Maloney, S. R. & Osadnik, C. R., 13 May 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Disability and Rehabilitation. 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)

Effectiveness of interventions to improve therapy adherence in people with upper limb conditions: A systematic review

Cole, T., Robinson, L., Romero, L. & O'Brien, L., Jun 2019, In : Journal of Hand Therapy. 32, 2, p. 175-183.e2 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Healthcare staff responses to disinvestment- a systematic search and qualitative thematic synthesis

Mitchell, D., Bowles, K-A., O'Brien, L., Bardoel, A. & Haines, T., 21 Feb 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Health Care Management Review. 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Trans-disciplinary advanced allied health practitioners for acute hospital inpatients: a feasibility study

Watterson, D., Walter, K., O'Brien, L., Terrill, D., Philip, K., Swan, I. & Somerville, L., 1 Mar 2019, In : International Journal for Quality in Health Care. 31, 2, p. 103-109 7 p., mzy127.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Amy Geach Hand Therapy Innovation Award

Lisa O'Brien (Recipient), 24 Sep 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2015 2018

  • 1 Contribution to conference
  • 1 Editorial responsibility

11th Triennial IFSHT and 14th IFSSH Congress

Lisa O'Brien (Member of programme committee)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Journal of Hand Therapy (Journal)

Lisa O'Brien (Editorial board member)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

Press / Media

Printing a Helping Hand

Lisa O'Brien & Chao Chen


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research