Researcher biography

Lisa McDaid is Deputy Director (Research) and Professor of Social Sciences and Health at the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR). Lisa leads on health research at ISSR. Her research aims to improve health and wellbeing, particularly among the most disadvantaged in our society. Lisa is interested in how best to engage communities at high risk of poor health and wellbeing in health improvement research and in developing new methods of co-production for intervention development. Her work is exploring how to affect change and improve health at the community level via assets and strengths-based approaches. Her research has explored sexual health inequalities among those vulnerable to ill health including LGBT+ communities, African communities in the UK, men and women living in deprived areas, and women who have experienced multiple and second trimester abortions.

Lisa is a Social Scientist and obtained her PhD in Medical Sociology from the University of Glasgow in 2007. She has been PI or Co-Investigator on Research Unit grants c.AU$70M and research project grants totalling AU$12.5m and has authored over 100 publications. Lisa is also an Associate Director of the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, a consortium research centre based at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.