Leisa was awarded a Ph.D. in archives and records about complexity in social and cultural recordkeeping practices and spaces in May 2015 from Monash University. In 2015 Leisa was awarded ACPHIS PhD Medal for an outstanding thesis by the Executive Board of the Australian Council of Professors and Heads of School in Information Systems (ACPHIS). In August 2015 she moved to Kent State University in Ohio to take up a position in the School of Library and Information Science.
Leisa's research explores theory about how cultural heritage is formed and she has a particular interest in how decisions are made in relation to memory and recordkeeping. Leisa's work primarily involves digital cultural heritage, but she has a significant interest in community recordkeeping and archives.
Leisa also has a Masters in Information Management & Systems from Monash University, and a Bachelor of Arts from University of Western Australia. She ran her own consultancy in Melbourne working with organisations to develop community recordkeeping and archives programs until her move to the US. She is an accredited Records Manager, Archivist & Librarian.