Larisa has a decade of experience conducting research through 3 postgraduate qualifications (Honours, Masters, and Doctorate) and her previous work for ConNetica Consulting.
Larisa is currently a Research Fellow at the Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience Thompson Institute, working on the Longitudinal Adolescent Brain Study (LABS). LABS is collecting data using: self-report, neurocognitive assessments, neuropsychiatric interviews, MRI scans, and EEG.
Larisa is also undertaking her own research investigating the neurobiological underpinnings of cyberbullying. Her research uses functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) to observe how the brain responds to witnessing cyberbullying. Larisa has developed CyPicS (Cyberbullying Picture Series) for use in this research.
Larisa's postgraduate work focused on cyberbullying, namely the mental health outcomes associated with it, as well help seeking and coping behaviours of young people. Her PhD was under a scholarship by the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, and Larisa was a key team member for the Safe and Well Online Study at UniSA, lead by Associate Professor Barbara Spears.
Larisa has presented at several national and international conferences, including:
- The Society for Mental Health Research (SMHR) Conference in 2019 in Melbourne, Australia
- The International Association of Youth Mental Health Conference in 2019 in Brisbane, Australia
- The Society for Mental Health Research (SMHR) Conference in 2018 in Sunshine Coast, Australia
- The National Centre Against Bullying Conference in 2016 in Melbourne, Australia
- The International Society for Research on Aggression World Meeting in 2016 in Sydney, Australia
- The Bullies, Bullied and Bystander Conference by the Anti-Bullying Centre in 2016 in Dublin, Ireland
- The Australasian Human Development Association Conference in 2015 in Wellington, New Zealand
- The International Association of Youth Mental Health Conference in 2015 in Montreal, Canada
- The Young and Well National Connect Conference in 2014 in Melbourne, Australia
- The Australian Association for Research in Education Conference in 2013 in Adelaide, Australia
- The Australia New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference in 2012 in Auckland, New Zealand.