Lisa is an academic at the School of Textiles and Design, Heriot-Watt University. She has been lecturing in textile technology and researching medical compression garments for more than 20 years. She was awarded her PhD in Pressure garments for hypertrophic scar treatment in 2004 and won best paper at the BBA conference in 2004 for this work. Although most of her pressure garment research has been directed to burn scars, she has also applied her understanding and research methods to other conditions for which compression is useful (including DVT prevention, scoliosis and currently lipoedema). She is a member of the UK Pressure Garment Interest Group (therapists making pressure garments in NHS hospitals), has published several papers on pressure garments in Burns and the Journal of Burn Care Research, designed the Pressure Garment Design tool (to optimise pressure garment construction methods and enable evidence gathering for most effective pressures) and regularly undertakes consultancy on pressure garment testing and fabric sourcing for a number of UK and international pressure garment companies.
Lisa has undertaken research projects funded by the MRC CiC, Textile Future Forum, Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters, Innovate UK, AHRC and Industry. She teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses on textiles, product specification/testing and research methods and supervises student research projects at all academic levels. She has been the Director of Research, a programme director and is currently the School Director of Postgraduate Research Study.