Alissa attended the University of Nottingham in England, where she recieved a Bachelor of Science in Psychology (with international study). In her third year of university, she traveled to Canada and studied at the University of British Columbia, where she volunteered at the Brain, Attention and Reality Laboratory. Alissa was involved in research investigating attentional biases in social environments, of which she presented at NOWCAM, 2017, at Simon Fraser University. In her final year of university, she became interested in mental health and gained experience conducting her own research investigating associations between suicidal behaviours and alcohol use. From her independent research, Alissa developed a passion to help health care practioners optimize communication and relationships to improve the physical and mental health of patients.
Alissa strives to use the research skills she gained during university to support the evaluation of the Hands-On Ultrasound Education Program, Clinical Coaching for Excellence Program, and Rural Physician Mentoring Program, dedicated to educating, building support and facilitating relationships between rural healthcare practitioners.