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Dr Eva Alisic

Dr Eva Alisic


University of Melbourne

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Eva Alisic is Associate Director of the Child and Community Wellbeing Unit at the University of Melbourne, Australia. As Associate Professor, Child Trauma and Recovery, her background includes both psychology and human resource studies. She was a visiting scholar at the University Children’s Hospital Zurich, Switzerland. Dr Alisic’s team studies how children, young people, and families cope with traumatic experiences, and how professionals can support them. The consequences of fatal domestic violence, serious injury, war, and disaster are focal points in this research. Dr Alisic pursues innovative mixed-methods, including qualitative and quantitative research, with specific interest in translation of empirical findings to policy and practice.

Fields Of Expertise

Trauma psychology

Research Profiles

Broader involvement in science and science development

Dr Alisic is Past Co-Chair of the Global Young Academy. She has co-developed the Africa Science Leadership Programme (together with Prof Bernard Slippers and colleagues), the ASEAN Science Leadership Programme (together with Dr Orakanoke Phanraksa and colleagues), and various policy and (open) science initiatives.

She was the driving force behind ‘Fresh Eyes on the Refugee Crisis,’ which brought together researchers in history, public health, urban design, human rights, psychology, international relations, and many other fields. It resulted in a brief report and a thought-provoking video, as well as an editorial underscoring the importance of both academic engagement and open access of the literature on migration and refugees.

Dr Alisic has co-led an InterAcademy Partnership (the global network of national science, medical and engineering academies) project on scientific advice for global policymaking.  Conducted in partnership with the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS)  with support from Carnegie Corporation of New York , the project explored how to strengthen scientific input to the United Nations, governments, and other stakeholders aimed at achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).