Dr Lisa Mackay

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Research Fellow

Phone: +64 (09) 9219999

Email: lisa.mackay@aut.ac.nz

Teaching Areas:

  • Wellbeing assessment (workplace and population)
  • Community and workplace wellbeing.


  • Toward a Framework for Positive Health (PhD)
  • Exploring the eating and physical activity profiles and patterns of New Zealanders (PhD)
  • Work wellbeing assessment (Masters Thesis)
  • Exploring the relationships among physical activity, diet, cognition and behaviour in children (Masters Thesis).

Research Summary:

Dr Lisa Mackay is a Senior Research Fellow for the Human Potential Centre at AUT University. This research aims to understand how job demands (physical, cognitive, and emotional) and job resources lead to burnout or engagement, and the mediating role lifestyle behaviours play in recovery from work.  She also provides research design and analysis support across a number of HPC’s research projects.  Dr Mackay’s research is centred within a positive health framework, which extends health research beyond risk reduction and prevention of disease towards understanding and promotion of life-long positive health functioning and optimal wellbeing.

Current Research Projects:

  • Whole-day job demands
  • Sovereign Wellbeing Index
  • Neighbourhoods for Active Kids.

Previous Research Projects:

  • Understanding the Relationships between Activity and Neighbourhoods (URBAN)
  • Fundamental Movement Skills, Physical Activity, and Sedentary Behaviours in Children
  • Active Friendly Environments
  • 10,000 Steps Northland.