Lisa S. Panisch

Lisa S. Panisch

Lisa S. Panisch’s research interests in adverse childhood experiences were formed by her time spent working as a special education teacher, as well as a clinical intern for adolescents with substance abuse issues.  Her interests in developmental neurobiology and health outcomes stem from her experience as a neurofeedback technician at a residential mental health facility for adults, many of whom had a history of childhood trauma.

As a provider of clinical neurofeedback and as a research and educational training consultant, Lisa is interested in integrating the biological sciences into social work.  She is currently a first-year doctoral student with a research agenda focusing on the impact of adverse childhood experiences on developmental neurobiology and genetics.  Lisa intends to study neuroimaging techniques (fMRI, fNIRS, etc.), trauma-focused interventions, and their impact on genetic factors and mental and physical health outcomes for adults with a history of childhood trauma.  She serves as a teaching assistant for the Foundations for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice course, which is a joint endeavor between UT Austin’s Steve Hicks School of Social Work, College of Pharmacy, Dell Medical School, and the School of Nursing.  She is also a member of the neuroimaging track of the Rewire Lab in the Cockrell School of Mechanical Engineering.

Lisa earned her MSW (Clinical Concentration) from Florida State University, and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of North Florida.  She served as a graduate research assistant on numerous studies involving a wide variety of populations.

Lisa co-authored publications in the areas of trauma-informed co-parenting and brain development, child welfare, financial therapy, program evaluations, intervention studies, and bibliometrics.  In addition to being a finalist for the NASW-Florida Big Bend Unit’s Student of the Year, Lisa is the recipient of UT Austin’s Graduate Recruitment Fellowship, and was also awarded FSU’s Mark DeGraff and Lulu Hamilton Scholarship for intentions to conduct research on youth development.

In her spare time, Lisa enjoys long-distance running and other endurance sports, and hopes to one day complete a 100-mile ultra-marathon.

Professional Interests

Adverse childhood experiences and health outcomes; childhood sexual abuse and gynecologic oncology; developmental neurobiology; neuroimaging; epigenetics; neurofeedback; psychoneuroimmunology; dissociative processes; epidemiology of trauma-related health outcomes; interprofessional communication.


  • MSW, Florida State University


Social Work Building (SSW)

Mailing Address

The University of Texas at Austin
Steve Hicks School of Social Work
1925 San Jacinto Blvd
STOP D3500
Austin, TX 78712-0358