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Professor Lisa Whitehead

Associate Dean

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 2641, Mobile: 0438145638, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO21.459
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 2641
Mobile: 0438145638
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO21.459  


Lisa Whitehead is a Professor of Nursing Research within the School of Nursing and Midwifery and her key roles include::

  • Director of the Centre for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Services Research;
  • Associate Dean Research; and
  • an Honorary Research Professor at the University of Otago, New Zealand.


Lisa’s research experience over the past 20 plus years has centred on improving clinical outcomes for people with chronic conditions and supporting older people to remain at home through self-management interventions. Lisa leads the research group “Improving health outcomes for people living with chronic conditions” within the Centre for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Services Research. Lisa has a strong interest in working with families to support the management of chronic conditions. Most of her research and clinical practice has been in the primary health care setting collaborating with GPs, practice nurses, psychologists, mental health nurses and psychiatrists.

Lisa has been awarded over $5M in research funding during her career and is currently an investigator on an $1.11M grant to explore factors predicting regression from pre-diabetes to normal glucose regulation, funded by the Health Research Council (HRC) of New Zealand. 

Lisa has supervised 10 PhD students to completion (7 as primary supervisor) and over 30 Masters students, regularly acts as a PhD examiner and is currently supervising 7 PhD students and 2 Masters by Research students. 

Lisa is an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Nursing Studies and an active member of the International Family Nursing Association, sitting on the Practice Committee, Practice Sub-Committee, Nominating Committee and as a country liaison. Lisa reviews research grants for a number of funding bodies including the HRC and Lottery Health Research.

Lisa publishes regularly in nursing and wider health journals and values capacity building of early career researchers and higher degree by research students through research experience, publication and presentations.


  • Doctor in Philosophy, United Kingdom, 2005.
  • Master of Arts, United Kingdom, 1995.
  • Bachelor of Science, United Kingdom, 1993.


Recent Research Grants

  • What predicts regression from prediabetes to normal glucose regulation?,  Health Research Council of New Zealand,  Researcher Initiated Grant,  2017 - 2019,  $1,121,125.
  • Systematic Review of the Impact of Nurse Certification on Patient Outcomes,  Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation,  Certification Systematic Research Review Grant,  2017 - 2018,  $19,838.
  • Service innovation to improve outcomes and quality of care for patients receiving chemotherapy for breast and colorectal cancer at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital,  WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network,  Grant,  2017 - 2018,  $273,620.
  • Midwifery Change Leaders' Experience of Introducing Clinical Innovation: A Grounded Theory Study,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2016,  2016 - 2017,  $26,000.
  • Cognitive Impairment and Readmission rates in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Admitted to the Acute Care Setting: A Cohort Study,  Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital,  Research Advisory Committee Funding Grant 2016/17,  2016 - 2017,  $47,392.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Wang, C., Whitehead, L., Bayes, S., (2017), Global mobility in nursing: Why Chinese students leave to study nursing in Australia. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 7(11), 51-61, Ontario, Canada, Sciedu Press, DOI: 10.5430/jnep.v7n11p51.
  • Wang, C., Whitehead, L., Bayes, S., (2017), ?They are friendly but they don?t want to be friends with you?: A narrative inquiry into Chinese nursing students? learning experience in Australia. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 7(8), 27, DOI: 10.5430/jnep.v7n8p27.
  • Nejat, N., Whitehead, L., Crowe, M., (2017), The use of spirituality and religiosity in coping with colorectal cancer. Contemporary Nurse, 53(1), 48-59, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/10376178.2016.1276401.
  • Whitehead, L., Crowe, M., Carter, J., Maskill, V., Carlyle, D., Bugge, C., Frampton, C., (2017), A nurse-led interdisciplinary approach to promote self-management of type 2 diabetes: a process evaluation of post-intervention experiences. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 23(2), 264-271, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, DOI: 10.1111/jep.12594.
  • Whitehead, L., Arabiat, D., Foster, M., (2017), Singing as an adjunct therapy for children and adultswith cystic fibrosis. Internationl Journal of Nursing Studies, n/a(n/a), 1-6, United Kingdom, ELSEVIER, DOI:
  • Crowe, M., Whitehead, L., Bugge, C., Carlyle, D., Carter, J., Maskill, V., (2017), Living with sub-optimal glycaemic control: the experiences of type 2 diabetes diagnosis and education. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 73(3), 612-621, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, DOI: 10.1111/jan.13145.
  • Whitehead, L., Jacob, E., Barnard, M., Abu-Qamar, M., Cole-Heath, A., (2017), The role of the family in supporting the self-management of chronic conditions: A qualitative systematic review. Journal of Clinical Nursing, article in press(article in press), p. 9, West Sussex, United Kingdom, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, DOI: 10.1111/jocn.13775.
  • Wang, C., Whitehead, L., Bayes, S., (2017), The real `cost? of study in Australia and the ramifications for China, Australia, and the Chinese nursing students: what do these three players want? A narrative review. Globalization Societies and Education, 15(5), 590-606, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/14767724.2016.1195727.
  • Crowe, M., Whitehead, L., Seaton, P., Jordan, J., McCall, C., Maskill, V., Trip, H., (2017), Qualitative meta-synthesis: the experience of chronic pain across conditions. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 73(5), 1004-1016, DOI: 10.1111/jan.13174.
  • Whitehead, L., (2016), Supportive therapy for Schizophrenia. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 37(12), 973-974, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/01612840.2016.1249699.
  • Trip, H., Conder, J., Hale, L., Whitehead, L., (2016), The role of key workers in supporting people with intellectual disability in the self-management of their diabetes: a qualitative New Zealand study. Health and Social Care in the Community, Article in press(Article in press), 10p, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, DOI: 10.1111/hsc.12262.
  • Whitehead, L., (2016), The effects of personalized care planning for adults living with chronic conditions. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 22(2), 138-140, DOI: 10.1111/ijn.12429.
  • Wang, C., Whitehead, L., Bayes, S., (2016), Nursing education in China: Meeting the global demand for quality healthcare. International Journal of Nursing Sciences, 3(2016), 131-136, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijnss.2016.02.009.
  • Foster, M., Whitehead, L., Maybee, P., (2016), The Parents, Hospitalized Child's, and Health Care Providers' Perceptions and Experiences of Family-Centred Care Within a Pediatric Critical Care Setting: A Synthesis of Quantitative Research. Journal of Family Nursing, 22(1), 6-73, SAGE, DOI: 10.1177/1074840715618193.
  • Wilkinson, M., Whitehead, L., Crowe, M., (2016), Nurses perspectives on long-term condition self-management: A qualitative study. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 25(1-2), 240-246, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, DOI: 10.1111/jocn.13072.
  • Davies, N., Crowe, M., Whitehead, L., (2016), Establishing routines to cope with loneliness associated with widowhood: a narrative analysis. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 23(8), 532-539, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, DOI: 10.1111/jpm.12339.
  • Jones, V., Whitehead, L., Crowe, T., (2016), Self-efficacy in managing chronic respiratory disease: parents' experiences. Contemporary Nurse, 52(2-3), 341-351, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/10376178.2016.1213647.
  • Nejat, N., Whitehead, L., Crowe, M., (2016), Exploratory Psychometric Properties of the Farsi and English versions of the Spiritual Needs Questionnaire (SpNQ). Religions, 7(7), Article number 84, Basel, Switzerland, MDPI AG, DOI: 10.3390/rel7070084.
  • Whitehead, L., (2016), Psychological treatments for depression and anxiety in dementia and mild cognitive impairment. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 37(10), 773-774, Taylor and Francis Ltd, DOI: 10.1080/01612840.2016.1221677.
  • Whitehead, L., Myers, H., (2016), The effect of hospital nurse staffing models on patient and staff-related outcomes. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 22(4), 330-332, Wiley-Blackwell, DOI: 10.1111/ijn.12463.
  • Whitehead, L., Seaton, P., (2016), The effectiveness of self-management mobile phone and tablet apps in long-term condition management: A systematic review. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 18(5), e97, DOI: 10.2196/jmir.4883.
  • Whitehead, L., Trip, H., Hale, L., Conder, J., (2016), Negotiated autonomy in diabetes self-management: the experiences of adults with intellectual disability and their support workers. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 60(4), 389-397, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, DOI: 10.1111/jir.12257.
  • Whitehead, L., Unahi, K., Burrell, B., Crowe, M., (2016), The experience of fatigue across long-term conditions: A qualitative meta-synthesis. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 52(1), 131-143.e1, DOI: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2016.02.013.
  • Smith, CM., Fitzgerald, HJ., Whitehead, L., (2015), How Fatigue Influences Exercise Participation in Men With Multiple Sclerosis. Qualitative Health Research, 25(2), 179-188, Thousand Oaks, California, United States, Sage Publications, Inc., DOI: 10.1177/1049732314551989.
  • Wilkinson, A., Whitehead, L., Ritchie, L., (2014), Factors influencing the ability to self-manage diabetes for adults living with type 1 or 2 diabetes. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 51(1), 111-122, Bromley, United Kingdom, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2013.01.006.
  • Dunn, JA., Hay-Smith, EJ., Whitehead, L., Keeling, S., (2013), Liminality and decision making for upper limb surgery in tetraplegia: a grounded theory. Disability and Rehabilitation, 35(15), 1293-1301, Abingdon, United Kingdom, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.3109/09638288.2012.727945.
  • Foster, MJ., Whitehead, L., Maybee, P., Cullens, V., (2013), The parents' hospitalized child's, and health care providers' perception and experiences of family centered care within a pediatric critical care setting: A metasynthesis of qualitative research. Journal of Family Nursing, 19(4), 431-468, Thousand Oaks, California, United States, Sage Publications, Inc., DOI: 10.1177/1074840713496317.
  • Dunn, JA., Hay-Smith, EJ., Whitehead, L., Keeling, S., (2012), Issues influencing the decision to have upper limb surgery for people with tetraplegia. Spinal Cord, 50(11), 844-847, London, United Kingdom, Nature Publishing Group, DOI: 10.1038/sc.2012.58.
  • Crowe, M., Burrell, B., Whitehead, L., (2012), Lifestyle risk management ? a qualitative analysis of women?s descriptions of taking hormone therapy following surgically induced menopause. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 68(8), 1814-1823, Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd., DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2011.05873.x.
  • Mulligan, HF., Hale, LA., Whitehead, L., Baxter, GD., (2012), Barriers to Physical Activity for People With Long-Term Neurological Conditions: A Review Study. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 29(3), 243-265, Champaign, Illinois, United States, Human Kinetics, Inc..
  • Muir, LA., George, PM., Whitehead, L., (2012), Using the experiences of people with familial hypercholesterolaemia to help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease: a qualitative systematic review. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 68(9), 1920-1932, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2012.05957.x.
  • Crowe, M., Inder, M., Carlyle, D., Wilson, L., Whitehead, L., Panckhurst, A., O'Brien, T., Frampton, C., Joyce, P., (2012), Nurse-led delivery of specialist supportive care for bipolar disorder: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 19(5), 446-454, West Sussex, United Kingdom, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2850.2011.01822.x.
  • Crowe, M., Inder, M., Carlyle, D., Wilson, L., Whitehead, L., Panckhurst, A., O'Brien, A., Joyce, P., (2012), Feeling out of control: A qualitative analysis of the impact of bipolar disorder. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 19(4), 294-302, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2850.2011.01786.x.
  • Mulligan, H., Whitehead, L., Hale, LA., Baxter, GD., Thomas, D., (2012), Promoting physical activity for individuals with neurological disability: indications for practice. Disability and Rehabilitation, 34(13), 1108-1113, Abingdon, United Kingdom, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.3109/09638288.2011.631683.
  • Carter, J., Crowe, M., Carlyle, D., Frampton, CM., Jordan, J., McIntosh, VV., O'Toole, VM., Whitehead, L., Joyce, PR., (2012), Patient change processes in psychotherapy: Development of a new scale. Psychotherapy Research, 22(1), 115-126, United Kingdom, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/10503307.2011.631195.
  • Crowe, M., Whitehead, L., Carlyle, D., McIntosh, V., Jordan, J., Joyce, P., Carter, J., (2012), The process of change in psychotherapy for depression: Helping clients to reformulate the problem. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 19(8), 681-689, West Sussex, United Kingdom, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2850.2011.01840.x.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Chinese Nursing Students At Australian Universities: A Narrative Inquiry Into Their Motivation, Learning Experience And Future Career Planning
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