Larissa Bartlett

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Larissa Bartlett

ISLAND Project Research Fellow
Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre

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Larissa currently holds the ISLAND Research Fellowship at the University of Tasmania’s Wicking Centre for Dementia Education and Research. Her research focuses on positive interventions that can improve people’s health and quality of life. Larissa completed her PhD in 2019, which investigated workplace mindfulness training for employee stress, mental health, wellbeing and performance. She draws on a wide range of high-level skills and experience gained through successful careers as a consultant and employee in business, government and research sectors.


Prior to commencing on the ISLAND project Larissa achieved First Class Honours (BMedSc) in 2015 and completed her Medical Sciences PhD at the University of Tasmania’s Menzies Institute for Medical Research in 2019. Before starting her academic research training, Larissa ran the community engagement program for Menzies and has secured significant research funding through philanthropic and partnership sources. Pervious roles have included scholarship administration, research development and intellectual property licensing at the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Medicine. Larissa has also worked as a business strategy consultant, as a project manager in the technology sector, in government-funded industry development roles and in hospitality and customer service.

Career summary


  • PhD, Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania, Australia (submitted September 2019). Thesis: Clarifying and advancing the evidence for workplace mindfulness training in relation to employee stress, mental health, wellbeing and performance.
  • BMedSc (1st Class Hons), Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania, Australia, 2015.
  • BA(Sociology, Social Policy and Administration), University of Sydney, Australia, 1998.


Professional practice

Australia 21 Mindful Futures Network – Invited Member
The Mindfulness Initiative (Policy and Politics) – Invited Member of the Australian Reference Group
American Psychological Association – Member
Society for Mental Health Research – Member
Society of Australasian Social Psychologists – Member
Golden Key International Honour Society – Invited Member
University of Tasmania Work, Health and Wellbeing Network – Member
University of Tasmania Healthy@MSP – Committee Member

Administrative expertise

Project management and various administrative activities.

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Larissa’s research aligns to the University’s research theme of Better Health. Her research interests include positive interventions that improve health and quality of life.

In her doctoral studies Larissa has found mindfulness training delivered in workplaces can help improve employee stress, mental health, wellbeing and sleep, but that performance outcomes have been infrequently and inconsistently assessed. This finding was based on a meta-analysis of data from 25 randomised controlled trials conducted in a range of industries and using a variety of different training programs.

She has also developed and validated a second-person-report research instrument, the Observed Mindfulness Measure. The OMM is a nine-item, three-dimensional questionnaire that detects the degree to which a person is noticeably mindful. The OMM is already being used in research investigating the social effects of mindfulness by researchers at the Centre for Mindfulness Studies at the University of Toronto (Canada).

Larissa has also conducted two randomised controlled trials of mindfulness interventions in workplaces, and has found that training using a smart-phone application can be effective for increasing mindfulness, but that interaction with a teacher or peer group is important for realising significant and lasting benefits. Her research has identified a dose-response relationship between mindfulness practice and outcomes and supports emerging theory that proposes a sequential development of mindfulness skills.

As the ISLAND Research Fellow at Wicking, Larissa will investigate a range of potentially protective, positive interventions for their effectiveness in redressing cognitive decline and preventing dementia in a sample of more than 10,000 Australian adults aged 50 years and over.


Society for Mental Health Research Scholarship to present at the 2019 SMHR Conference, Melbourne, November, 2019

Mind & Life Institute Scholarship to present at the 2018 International Symposium for Contemplative Research, November 2018

American Psychological Association Work, Stress & Health Conference, Student Researcher Award, June 2017

TasNetworks Elite Mental Health & Wellbeing Scholarship, 2016-2019

Australian Government Research Training Program PhD Scholarship, 2016-2019

Groom Kennedy Lawyers Scholarship in Medical Research, 2015

Menzies Institute for Medical Research Professional Staff Award for Outstanding Community Engagement Services, 2014

Current projects

The Island Study Linking Ageing and Neurodegenerative Disease (ISLAND) Project will involve a range of studies that relate to understanding who is at most risk of dementia and how we can self-manage risk behaviours to build resilience to dementia.

Fields of Research

  • Health promotion (420603)
  • Cognitive neuroscience (520203)
  • Central nervous system (320903)
  • Preventative health care (420605)
  • Mental health services (420313)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health promotion (450408)
  • Neurology and neuromuscular diseases (320905)
  • Organisational behaviour (350710)
  • Human resources management (350503)
  • Testing, assessment and psychometrics (520108)
  • Industrial and organisational psychology (incl. human factors) (520104)
  • Psychiatry (incl. psychotherapy) (320221)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander public health and wellbeing (450417)
  • Health and community services (420305)
  • Geriatrics and gerontology (320210)
  • Applications in health (460102)
  • Traditional, complementary and integrative medicine (420899)
  • Sociology of family and relationships (441009)
  • Community psychology (520501)
  • Analytical biochemistry (310101)
  • Digital health (420302)
  • Behavioural epidemiology (420201)
  • Primary health care (420319)
  • Speech recognition (460212)

Research Objectives

  • Mental health (200409)
  • Health related to ageing (200502)
  • Behaviour and health (200401)
  • Preventive medicine (200412)
  • Health education and promotion (200203)
  • Health policy evaluation (200205)
  • Evaluation of health outcomes (200202)
  • Expanding knowledge in commerce, management, tourism and services (280106)
  • Management (150302)
  • Health status (incl. wellbeing) (200407)
  • Clinical health (200199)
  • Prevention of human diseases and conditions (200104)
  • Nutrition (200410)
  • Health related to specific ethnic groups (200503)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community service programs (210101)
  • Primary care (200310)
  • Allied health therapies (excl. mental health services) (200301)
  • Migrant health (200505)
  • Community health care (200302)
  • Diagnosis of human diseases and conditions (200101)
  • Artificial intelligence (220403)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander determinants of health (210301)
  • Expanding knowledge in psychology (280121)
  • Expanding knowledge in human society (280123)


Bartlett, L., Martin, A., Neil, A. L., Memish, K., Otahal, P., Kilpatrick, M., & Sanderson, K. (2019). A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Workplace Mindfulness Training Randomized Controlled Trials. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 24(1), 108-126.

Gunathunga, W., Jayakody, O., Bartlett, L., Munugoda, I., Gunathunga, C.K. (2019). Comparative study on the mental wellbeing among regularly meditating and non-meditating health care personnel in Sri Lanka. Journal of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka, 25(3), 112-120.

Bartlett, L. (2018). The Intentional Mindset. In R. Martin (Ed.), Communicating: The Heart of Literacy (pp. 165-168). Fullers. Australia.

Memish, K., Martin, A., Dawkins, S., Bartlett, L., & Sanderson, K. (2017). Workplace Mental Health: A Review of Guidelines. Preventive Medicine, 101, 213-222.

University of Tasmania Work, Health & Wellbeing Network (2017). An integrated approach to workplace mental health: Nine priorities for implementation in Australia. Available online at

Bartlett, L., Lovell, P., Otahal, P., & Sanderson, K. (2016). Acceptability, Feasibility, and Efficacy of a Workplace Mindfulness Program for Public Sector Employees: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial with Informant Reports. Mindfulness, 8(3), 639-654.

Total publications


Journal Article

(7 outputs)
2022Bartlett L, Doherty K, Farrow M, Kim S, Hill E, et al., 'Island Study Linking Aging and Neurodegenerative Disease (ISLAND) targeting dementia risk reduction: protocol for a prospective web-based cohort study', JMIR Research Protocols, 11, (3) pp. e34688. ISSN 1929-0748 (2022) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.2196/34688 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Doherty K; Farrow M; Kim S; Hill E; King A; Alty J; Eccleston C; Kitsos A; Bindoff A; Vickers JC


2022Bartlett L, Martin AJ, Kilpatrick M, Otahal P, Sanderson Kristy, et al., 'Effects of a mindfulness app on employee stress in an Australian public sector workforce: randomized controlled trial', JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 10, (2) pp. e30272. ISSN 2291-5222 (2022) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.2196/30272 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Martin AJ; Kilpatrick M; Otahal P; Sanderson Kristy; Neil AL


2021Barlett L, Martin AJ, Bruno R, Kilpatrick M, Sanderson Kristy, et al., 'Is mindfulness a noticeable quality? Development and validation of the observed mindfulness measure', Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 44, (1) pp. 165-185. ISSN 0882-2689 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10862-021-09936-6 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Martin AJ; Bruno R; Kilpatrick M; Sanderson Kristy; Neil AL


2021Bartlett L, Brady JJR, Farrow M, Kim S, Bindoff A, et al., 'Change in modifiable dementia risk factors during COVID-19 lockdown: the experience of over 50s in Tasmania, Australia', Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions, 7, (1) pp. 1-11. ISSN 2352-8737 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/trc2.12169 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Brady JJR; Farrow M; Kim S; Bindoff A; Fair H; Vickers JC; Sinclair D


2019Bartlett L, Martin A, Neil AL, Memish K, Otahal P, et al., 'A systematic review and meta-analysis of workplace mindfulness training randomized controlled trials', Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 24, (1) pp. 108-126. ISSN 1076-8998 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1037/ocp0000146 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 87Web of Science - 90

Co-authors: Martin A; Neil AL; Memish K; Otahal P; Kilpatrick M


2017Bartlett L, Lovell P, Otahal P, Sanderson K, 'Acceptability, feasibility, and efficacy of a workplace mindfulness program for public sector employees: a pilot randomized controlled trial with informant reports', Mindfulness, 8, (3) pp. 639-654. ISSN 1868-8527 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s12671-016-0643-4 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 19Web of Science - 20

Co-authors: Otahal P; Sanderson K


2017Memish K, Martin A, Bartlett L, Dawkins S, Sanderson K, 'Workplace mental health: an international review of guidelines', Preventive Medicine, 101 pp. 213-222. ISSN 0091-7435 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2017.03.017 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 39Web of Science - 36

Co-authors: Memish K; Martin A; Dawkins S; Sanderson K


Conference Publication

(6 outputs)
2021Alty J, Bai Q, St George RJ, Bindoff A, Li R, et al., 'TasTest: moving towards a digital screening test for pre-clinical Alzheimer's disease', Biomarkers ISSN 1354-750X (2021) [Conference Extract]

DOI: 10.1002/alz.058732 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Alty J; Bai Q; St George RJ; Bindoff A; Li R; Lawler K; Hill E; Garg G; King AE; Vickers JC


2020Bartlett L, Doherty K, Farrow M, Bindoff A, Kim S, et al., 'Poster - The island study linking ageing and neurodegenerative disease (ISLAND): a longitudinal public health research program targeting dementia risk reduction', 2020 Alzheimer's Association International Conference, 26-30 July 2020, Online (2020) [Conference Extract]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Doherty K; Farrow M; Bindoff A; Kim S; Eccleston C; Hill E; Alty J; King E; Vickers JC


2020Bartlett L, Doherty K, Farrow M, Bindoff A, Kim S, et al., 'The Island Study Linking Ageing and Neurodegenerative Disease (ISLAND): A longitudinal public health research program targeting dementia risk reduction', Alzheimer's & Dementia ISSN 1552-5260 (2020) [Conference Extract]

DOI: 10.1002/alz.045539 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Doherty K; Farrow M; Bindoff A; Kim S; Eccleston C; Hill E; Alty JE; King AE; Vickers JC


2020Hill E, Bindoff A, Bartlett L, Summers MJ, Vickers JC, 'Exploring uptake of a university-level educational intervention to prevent cognitive decline and reduce dementia risk: The Tasmanian Healthy Brain Project', Alzheimer's & Dementia ISSN 1552-5260 (2020) [Conference Extract]

DOI: 10.1002/alz.045477 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Hill E; Bindoff A; Summers MJ; Vickers JC


2020Hill E, Bindoff IK, Bartlett L, Summers MJ, Vickers JC, 'Exploring uptake of a university-level educational intervention to prevent cognitive decline and reduce dementia risk: the Tasmanian Healthy Brain Project', Alzheimer's Association International Conference 2020, 27 - 31 July 2020, virtual (2020) [Conference Extract]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Hill E; Bindoff IK; Summers MJ; Vickers JC

2017Sanderson KA, Martin AJ, Warnecke E, Dawkins S, Peebles D, et al., 'Workplace mental health: Co-production of an action plan for Australia', Work, Stress, and Health Conference: Contemporary Challenges and Opportunities: Conference Program, 7-10 June 2017, Minneapolis, Minnesota, pp. 2. (2017) [Conference Extract]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Sanderson KA; Martin AJ; Warnecke E; Dawkins S; Peebles D; Crawford J; Memish K; Newstead T

Other Public Output

(1 outputs)
2017Martin A, Sanderson Kristy, Warnecke E, Dawkins S, Bartlett L, et al., 'An integrated approach to workplace mental health', University of Tasmania, Tasmania (2017) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Martin A; Sanderson Kristy; Warnecke E; Dawkins S; Memish KE; Crawford J; Newstead T; Peebles D

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Development of a non-invasive screening test to detect risk of Alzheimer's disease pathology (2022 - 2024)$446,957
Alzheimers disease (AD) starts damaging the brain >10 years before memory problems begin. To reduce dementia incidence, we must detect AD earlier so we can target prevention through early clinical trial recruitment and risk reduction (that could prevent 40% cases). With 10,000 available UTAS research participants and 200 patients from RHH and the community, we aim to develop a test to detect early signs of AD by analysing hand- AND speech- movements using a smartphone and machine learning algorithms.
Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation ($446,957)
Grant-Major Project
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Alty JE; Goldberg LR; Hill E; Lawler K; Bhagwat A; Fernando N; Bartlett L; Bindoff AD; Bai Q; Vickers JC
2022 - 2024

Research Supervision




PhDExamining the Experience and Performance of Late-life Learners in a University Setting: The Tasmanian Healthy Brain Project2020