Lisa Miller

Study background 

I have a background in Psychology and Statistics. I have completed a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Mathematics and Honours in Psychology and a Masters in Clinical Psychology at UTas. I have worked at Statistician with the University of Adelaide and the Australia Orthopaedic Association and I am currently working as Psychologist.

Current project(s) 

I am undertaking a PhD in Psychological Science looking at the role of timing of childhood trauma as well as cumulative trauma on neurocognitive functioning (ERP’s) and post-traumatic stress symptoms within a military population. I will be using machine learning techniques to model the complex relationships between trauma, PTSD and ERPs.

Academic aims for the future

My academic focus is on my PhD and I hope to integrate my research into clinical practice in the future.

What you hope to contribute to the Mental Health Graduates Circle

I would like to offer a clinical perspective to current research and to help people think about ways that we can translate research into clinical practice.

What you hope to learn from the Mental Health Hub Members

I hope to learn more about non-psychological research in Mental Health and the application of complex statistical modelling and to be able to collaborate with people from other disciplines in order to inform my research and clinical work.

I completed a Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours) at The University in Queensland (UQ), graduating at the end of 2016. I then worked at the Centre for Advanced Imaging at UQ organising an epilepsy project. From these experiences I realised I wanted to find a PhD project that involved neuroimaging, interacting with patient groups and animal work. I’ve managed to find this in my PhD project where I aim to develop a novel neural systems model of fear regulation. Using fMRI to investigate the neural mechanisms behind fear learning and safety signal processing, I hope to shed light on aspects of the pathology of anxiety and depression. Later in my project I hope to translate this into an animal model to further probe any smaller-scale neural changes.

At the moment, I think I would like a career in research and academia. I would like to be involved in engaging the wider community in science and inspiring future generations, especially women, to contribute to this exciting field.

I hope that I can share any knowledge I have gained from my undergraduate studies and working with others.

I think that this PhD programme will provide me with valuable interdisciplinary exposure. I can’t wait to learn from others in a related field whose expertise will likely differ from mine and whose opinions may challenge those that I hold. I’m really looking forward to the discussion forums and group chats that will undoubtedly provide me with interesting points to think about and where I can make new friends and colleagues.