Dr Lisa Olive



Senior Lecturer


Faculty of Health


School of Psychology


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Graduate Certificate of Higher Ed. Learning & Teaching, Deakin University, 2019


+61 3 924 68553


Lisa Olive is a clinical psychologist with expertise in behavioural medicine, clinical and performance psychology. She co-leads the Behavioural Medicine Innovation Hub in the Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development (SEED) and is an Honorary Research Fellow at Orygen, Melbourn University and the Australian National University Medical School. Clinically, Lisa has worked in community mental health, cardiac rehabilitation and high performance sport, including positions at the ACT Academy of Sport and Australian Institute of Sport.

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Honorary Research Fellow, ANU Medcial School

Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Orygen, University of Melbourne


Australian Psychological Society

Australasian Society of Behavioural Health and Medicine

European Health Psychology Society

Sports Medicine Australia

International Soicety of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity

Knowledge areas

Lisa leads a research program focused on (1) understanding the interplay between mental health and the cardiovascular system in both the onset and trajectory of cardiovascular disease, and (2) developing interventions that can make practical differences to improving risk factor profiles earlier in the life course, by addressing shared pathways to the common mental health disorders and cardiovascular disease. Most recently, Lisa has been developing an evidenced-based physical literacy approach in schools, which aim to facilitating healthy psychosocial development and a physically active lifestyle among youth.

Professional activities

Clinical Psychologist


Selected projects

The LOOK Study (www.look.org.au)

The Physical Education Physical Literacy Project

The Childhood Determinants of Adult Health Study

The Active Early Learning Project

Ocean Mind Study


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Depression, stress and vascular function from childhood to adolescence: a longitudinal investigation

L Olive, W Abhayaratna, D Byrne, R Telford, M Berk, R Telford

(2020), Vol. 62, pp. 6-12, General hospital psychiatry, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


The role of microglia in neuroprogressive disorders: mechanisms and possible neurotherapeutic effects of induced ketosis

G Morris, B Puri, M Maes, L Olive, M Berk, A Carvalho

(2020), Vol. 99, Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry, C1


Lived experience in people with inflammatory bowel disease and co-morbid anxiety and depression in the UK and Australia

Antonina Mikocka-Walus, Inna Hanlon, Dober Madeleine, Catherine Emerson, Lauren Beswick, Christian Selinger, Jo Taylor, Lisa Olive, Subhadra Evans, Catherine Hewitt

(2020), pp. 1-14, Journal of Health Psychology, London, Eng., C1


Fatigue, Physical Activity, and Mental Health in People Living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Fibromyalgia, and in Healthy Controls: A Comparative Cross-Sectional Survey

L Olive, C Emerson, E Cooper, E Rosenbrock, A Mikocka-Walus

(2020), Vol. 43, pp. 172-185, Gastroenterology Nursing, Philadelphia, Pa., C1


Impact of cultural background on fundamental movement skill and its correlates

Lisa Barnett, Rohan Telford, Claudia Strugnell, James Rudd, Lisa Olive, Richard Telford

(2019), Vol. 37, pp. 492-499, Journal of sports sciences, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Can physical education improve the mental health of children? The LOOK study cluster-randomized controlled trial

L Olive, D Byrne, R Cunningham, R Telford, R Telford

(2019), Vol. 111, pp. 1331-1340, Journal of educational psychology, Washington, D.C., C1


Psychological and mind-body interventions for endometriosis: a systematic review

Subhadra Evans, Stephanie Fernandez, Lisa Olive, Laura Payne, Antonina Mikocka-Walus

(2019), Vol. 124, pp. 1-11, Journal of psychosomatic research, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Sport, physical activity and physical education experiences: associations with functional body image in children

C Allen, R Telford, R Telford, L Olive

(2019), Vol. 45, pp. 1-7, Psychology of sport and exercise, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Emerging role of innate B1 cells in the pathophysiology of autoimmune and neuroimmune diseases: Association with inflammation, oxidative and nitrosative stress and autoimmune responses

G Morris, B Puri, L Olive, A Carvalho, M Berk, M Maes

(2019), Vol. 148, pp. 1-14, Pharmacological Research, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Do self-reported stress and depressive symptoms effect endothelial function in healthy youth? The LOOK longitudinal study

L Olive, W Abhayaratna, D Byrne, A Richardson, R Telford

(2018), Vol. 13, pp. 1-13, PLoS one, San Francisco, Calif., C1


Symptoms of stress and depression effect percentage of body fat and insulin resistance in healthy youth: LOOK longitudinal study

L Olive, R Telford, D Byrne, W Abhayaratna, R Telford

(2017), Vol. 36, pp. 749-759, Health psychology, Washington, D.C., C1


Psychological distress leads to reduced physical activity and fitness in children: the Australian longitudinal LOOK study

L Olive, R Telford, D Byrne, W Abhayaratna, R Telford

(2016), Vol. 39, pp. 587-598, Journal of behavioral medicine, Berlin, Germany, C1-1


Outcomes of a four-year specialist-taught physical education program on physical activity: a cluster randomized controlled trial, the LOOK study

R Telford, L Olive, T Cochrane, R Davey, R Telford

(2016), Vol. 13, pp. 1-11, International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, England, C1-1


Why are girls less physically active than boys? findings from the LOOK longitudinal study.

R Telford, R Telford, L Olive, T Cochrane, R Davey

(2016), Vol. 11, pp. 1-11, PLoS One, United States, C1-1


The influence of sport club participation on physical activity, fitness and body fat during childhood and adolescence: the LOOK longitudinal study.

R Telford, R Telford, T Cochrane, R Cunningham, L Olive, R Davey

(2016), Vol. 19, pp. 400-406, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, Australia, C1-1


Physical Education can improve insulin resistance: The LOOK randomized cluster trial

R Telford, R Cunningham, R Telford, R Daly, L Olive, W Abhayaratna

(2013), Vol. 45, pp. 1956-1964, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Philadelphia, PA, C1


Benefits of early development of eye-hand coordination: evidence from the LOOK longitudinal study

R Telford, R Cunningham, R Telford, L Olive, D Byrne, W Abhayaratna

(2013), Vol. 23, pp. e263-e269, Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, London, Eng., C1-1


Physical education and blood lipid concentrations in children: the LOOK randomized cluster trial

R Telford, R Cunningham, P Waring, R Telford, L Olive, W Abhayaratna

(2013), Vol. 8, pp. 1-9, PloS one, United States, C1-1


Effects of physical activity, fitness and fatness on children's body image: the Australian LOOK longitudinal study

L Olive, D Byrne, R Cunningham, R Telford

(2012), Vol. 5, pp. 116-124, Mental Health and Physical Activity, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1


Physical education, obesity, and academic achievement: a 2-year longitudinal investigation of Australian elementary school children

R Telford, R Cunningham, R Fitzgerald, L Olive, L Prosser, X Jiang, R Telford

(2012), Vol. 102, pp. 368-374, American journal of public health, United States, C1-1


Stressor experience in primary school-aged children: development of a scale to assess profiles of exposure and effects on psychological well-being

D Byrne, K Thomas, J Burchell, L Olive, N Mirabito

(2011), Vol. 18, pp. 88-111, International journal of stress management, Washington, D.C., C1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Cardiometabolic disease prevention and early intervention: Identifying pathways to better health

Dr Lisa Olive

NHMRC ECF - Early Career Fellowship

  • 2020: $37,933
  • 2019: $27,649


Associate Supervisor

Krystine Marie Mottram

Thesis entitled: An Exploration of Subjective Wellbeing among Athletes

Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), School of Psychology