Lisa S. Panisch

Lisa S. Panisch

Lisa S. Panisch’s research interests in trauma, dissociation, and 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 pro-bono clinical neurofeedback services and as a research and educational consultant for trauma-informed community trainings, Lisa is interested in integrating the biological sciences into social work. She is currently a second year doctoral student with a research agenda broadly focused on the impact of adverse childhood experiences on developmental neurobiological trajectories across generations. Her targeted areas of emphasis are two-fold: 1) relationships among childhood trauma, dissociation, and women’s health issues, specifically those involving medically unexplained symptoms, and 2) the impact of dissociative symptoms on maternal-child attachment and subsequent developmental trajectories. Lisa intends to conduct research evaluating how trauma-specific interventions impact health and behavior over time.

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.

Professional Interests

Adverse childhood experiences; dissociative processes and health outcomes; intergenerational transmission of child maltreatment; women’s health issues; maternal-child attachment; relationships between traumatic experiences and medically unexplained phenomena; developmental neurobiology; neurofeedback; psychoneuroimmunology.


  • 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