Lisa Aissaoui

Ethnographic Research Assistant

Lisa Aissaoui is a research assistant with the Faculty of History and the Oxford Martin Programme on Global Epilepsy using ethnographic research methods and oral history to understand better the lives of people living with epilepsy in developing countries. This, will allow the development of more adapted technologies to the needs of people both working or living with epilepsy.

Prior to her position with the Oxford Martin School, she was working with WHO Collaborating Centre for research and training in mental health in Lille, France where she was managing a Northwest European research project to assess the needs of people living with PTSD or Alzheimer disease, health care professionals and carers to then lead to the co-creation of digital and technological tools for the management of anxiety, meeting the needs of the different actors of the field. Lisa was also coordinating a training programme in Burkina Faso including training on PTSD management, community mental health and mhGAP training for trainers as well as a QualityRights observation.

She has also worked with CBM Burkina Faso on the implementation of the mhGAP along with the Ministry of Health and other major actors. Involved in both English and French speaking countries, Lisa has also contributed to more work on bridging the linguistic blocks on the African continent through conferences to encourage more bottom-up collaboration in the field of mental health between the various institutions.

Before then, Lisa completed a BA in Social Anthropology and African studies at SOAS, University of London and an MSc in Global Mental Health at King's College London and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.