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Associate Professor, Child Trauma and Recovery, and Associate Director, Child & Community Wellbeing Unit, The University of Melbourne

Eva Alisic is Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne, and Associate Director of the Child and Community Wellbeing Unit, where she leads the Trauma Recovery Lab. Her background includes both psychology and human resource studies. Her team studies how children, young people, and families cope with traumatic experiences, and how professionals can support them. The consequences of fatal domestic violence, serious injury, war, and disaster are focal points in this research. A/Prof Alisic pursues innovative mixed-methods, including qualitative and quantitative research, with specific interest in translation of empirical findings to policy and practice.

A/Prof Alisic is Past Co-Chair of the Global Young Academy. She has co-developed the Africa Science Leadership Programme (together with Prof Bernard Slippers and colleagues), the ASEAN Science Leadership Programme (together with Dr Orakanoke Phanraksa and colleagues), and various policy and (Open) science initiatives.

She was the driving force behind ‘Fresh Eyes on the Refugee Crisis,’ which brought together researchers in history, public health, urban design, human rights, psychology, international relations, and many other fields. It resulted in a brief report and a thought-provoking video, as well as an editorial underscoring the importance of both academic engagement and open access of the literature on migration and refugees.

A/Prof Alisic co-leads an InterAcademy Partnership (the global network of national science, medical and engineering academies) project on scientific advice for global policymaking. Conducted in partnership with the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) with support from Carnegie Corporation of New York , the project explores how to strengthen scientific input to the United Nations, governments, and other stakeholders aimed at achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


  • 2018–present
    Associate Professor, University of Melbourne
  • 2011–2018
    Larkins Research Fellow, Monash University

Research Areas

  • Health, Clinical And Counselling Psychology (170106)
  • Emergency Medicine (110305)
  • Mental Health (111714)
  • Community Child Health (111704)