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.
- 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.
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
Project management and various administrative activities.
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
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
- Cognitive neuroscience (520203)
- Preventative health care (420605)
- Mental health services (420313)
- Central nervous system (320903)
- Health promotion (420603)
- Neurology and neuromuscular diseases (320905)
- Psychiatry (incl. psychotherapy) (320221)
- Human resources management (350503)
- Organisational behaviour (350710)
- Health and community services (420305)
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health promotion (450408)
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander public health and wellbeing (450417)
- Applications in health (460102)
- Geriatrics and gerontology (320210)
- Analytical biochemistry (310101)
- Primary health care (420319)
- Speech recognition (460212)
- Mental health (200409)
- Health education and promotion (200203)
- Health related to ageing (200502)
- Expanding knowledge in commerce, management, tourism and services (280106)
- Preventive medicine (200412)
- Behaviour and health (200401)
- Management (150302)
- Health policy evaluation (200205)
- Health status (incl. wellbeing) (200407)
- Clinical health (200199)
- Community health care (200302)
- Prevention of human diseases and conditions (200104)
- Health related to specific ethnic groups (200503)
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community service programs (210101)
- Migrant health (200505)
- Diagnosis of human diseases and conditions (200101)
- Artificial intelligence (220403)
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 http://www.utas.edu.au/work-health-wellbeing
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.
Journal Article(4 outputs)
|2021||Bartlett 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]|
Co-authors: Brady JJR; Farrow M; Kim S; Bindoff A; Fair H; Vickers JC; Sinclair D
|2019||Bartlett 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]|
Citations: Scopus - 58Web of Science - 51
Co-authors: Martin A; Neil AL; Memish K; Otahal P; Kilpatrick M
|2017||Bartlett 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]|
Citations: Scopus - 16Web of Science - 16
Co-authors: Otahal P; Sanderson K
|2017||Memish 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]|
Citations: Scopus - 27Web of Science - 28
Co-authors: Memish K; Martin A; Dawkins S; Sanderson K
Conference Publication(5 outputs)
|2020||Bartlett 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]|
Co-authors: Doherty K; Farrow M; Bindoff A; Kim S; Eccleston C; Hill E; Alty J; King E; Vickers JC
|2020||Bartlett 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]|
Co-authors: Doherty K; Farrow M; Bindoff A; Kim S; Eccleston C; Hill E; Alty JE; King AE; Vickers JC
|2020||Hill 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]|
Co-authors: Hill E; Bindoff A; Summers MJ; Vickers JC
|2020||Hill 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]|
Co-authors: Hill E; Bindoff IK; Summers MJ; Vickers JC
|2017||Sanderson 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]|
Co-authors: Sanderson KA; Martin AJ; Warnecke E; Dawkins S; Peebles D; Crawford J; Memish K; Newstead T
Other Public Output(1 outputs)
|2017||Martin 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]|
Co-authors: Martin A; Sanderson Kristy; Warnecke E; Dawkins S; Memish KE; Crawford J; Newstead T; Peebles D
|PhD||Examining the Experience and Performance of Late-life Learners in a University Setting: The Tasmanian Healthy Brain Project||2020|