Dr Lisa Mackenzie

Dr Lisa Mackenzie


Dr Lisa Mackenzie is a Senior Research Fellow based at the Calvary Mater Newcastle Department of Palliative Care, supporting the development, implementation and dissemination of investigator-initiated and grant-funded research projects within the department.

Dr Mackenzie is also a Clinical Psychology Registrar with the Hunter New England Centre for Gynaecological Cancer and holds a Conjoint Lecturer appointment with the University of Newcastle. Lisa has worked in the field of public health, behavioural science and health services research for over ten years.

She has PhD and post-doctoral research experience in the field of psycho-oncology, supportive and palliative care at the University of Newcastle, Kyoto University Hospital (Japan), Nagoya City University Hospital (Japan) and Calvary Mater Newcastle Department of Palliative Care. Lisa has supervised research higher degree students in the fields of public health and behavioural science, including students with professional backgrounds in psychology, physiotherapy, and nursing.


Research Interests

  • Quality of care
  • Psycho-oncology, supportive and palliative care
  • Telehealth and eHealth
  • Social determinants of health
  • Implementation science
  • Health services and program evaluation


Why did you get into research?

During my undergraduate psychology studies, I started work in a research assistant role and learned about evidence gaps and evidence-practice/policy gaps in health and medical care.

I felt the pull towards research to contribute to building high quality clinical guidelines and translating these into routine high quality health care.


What would be the ultimate goal for your research?

I don’t really see an end-point for health research – I think we should strive to continually improve the quality of care and address inequities in access to high quality healthcare.

As a clinician-researcher, I will always be looking to research for new ways to improve patient care and outcomes.


Future Focus

Over the next few years, my goal is to contribute to a clinically and socially relevant research program in the fields of psycho-oncology, supportive and palliative care, and provide research mentorship to junior researchers and clinician-researchers.


Specialised/Technical Skills

  • Systematic review and meta-analysis
  • Observational research (conceptualization through to implementation: ethics approvals, data collection, analysis, synthesis, and dissemination).
  • Design and implementation of behaviour change interventions
  • Implementation science
  • Teaching communication skills within the medical context
  • Supporting junior researchers



  • Hunter New England Health
  • Calvary Mater Newcastle
  • Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, University of Newcastle (School of Medicine and Public Health)
  • Psycho-oncology Co-operative Research Group (PoCoG)
  • Australian Psychological Association (APS)
  • NSW Regional Cancer Research Network