Alisa is a research psychologist based in London. She was awarded a 1. class BSc in Psychology at the University of Reading, where her thesis explored the effects of ego depletion. She went on to obtain an MSc with Distinction from the University of Southampton in Research Methods in Psychology. Her PhD was completed in April 2015, with a focus on sub-clinical eating disorder pathology and implicit cognition.

Since completing her PhD, Alisa has worked in various roles at the Anna Freud Centre. She started as a senior research assistant at the Early Years Parenting Unit, managing a research project evaluating the effects of Mentalisation Based Therapy (MBT) for parents with personality disorders. Since then she has worked as a trial coordinator on several projects evaluating Multisystemic Therapy (MST), including MST-FIT (for young people returning home from care), STEPS-B (for young people with problem sexual behaviour) and START (for young people with antisocial behaviour problems).