Dr Leanne Fleming




Personal statement

I joined the Department of Psychological Sciences and Health at the University of Strathclyde in 2016, where I established the Centre for Sleep Health. Our aim is to deliver evidence-based research and teaching on sleep health. 

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Area of Expertise

Aetiology of insomnia

Cognitive behavioural interventions for insomnia

Inter-relationships between sleep and health

Psychological aspects of cancer

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The impact of symptom clusters on endocrine therapy adherence in patients with breast cancer
Agnew Sommer, Crawford Megan, MacPherson Iain, Shiramizu Victor, Fleming Leanne
The Breast Vol 75 (2024)
Helping people with cancer to sleep well
Fleming Leanne
Insomnia Guideline : Scottish Cancer Clinical Management Pathway
Fleming Leanne
The impact of sleep on breast cancer-specific mortality : a Mendelian randomisation study
Hayes Bryony, Fleming Leanne, Robinson Timothy
BMC Cancer (2024)
An experimental COVID-19 messaging study in a representative sample of the Scottish population : Increasing physical distancing intentions through self-efficacy
den Daas Chantal, Johnston Marie, Hubbard Gill, Dixon Diane, Cristea Mioara, Davis Alive, Dobbie Fiona, Fitzgerald Niamh, Fleming Leanne, Fraquharson Barbara, Gorely Trish, Gray Cindy, Grindle Mark, Harkess-Murphy Eileen, Hunt Kate, Ion Robin, Kidd Lisa, Lansdown Terry, Macaden Leah, Maltinsky Wendy, Mercer Stewart, Murchie Peter, O'Carroll Ronan, O'Donnell Kate, Ozakinci Gozde, Pitkethly Amanda, Reid Kate, Sidhva Dina, Stead Martine, Stewart Mary E, Tolson Debbie, Thompson Catharine Ward, Wyke Sally
British Journal of Health Psychology Vol 28, pp. 439-450 (2023)
Insomnia, depression and anxiety in patients urgently referred with suspicion of head and neck cancer
Mullan Thomas, Montgomery Jenny, Fleming Leanne
Journal of Laryngology and Otology, pp. 1-30 (2023)

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I lead the Level 4 Introduction to Sleep Health class and the MSc in Clinical Health Psychology Dissertation class.

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Research Interests

My specific research interests focus on the aetiology and non-pharmacological management of insomnia disorder and the interaction between insomnia and mental/physical health (particularly cancer). 

Professional Activities

External Reviewer for REF (Event)
Peer reviewer
Executive Committee Member (Event)
Peer reviewer
NIHR Trial Steering Committee Member: RESTED Trial (Event)
Peer reviewer
Developing and applying skills in psychological science across health, social care and industry
CPD in PSH: Developing and applying skills in psychological science across health, social care and industry
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (Journal)
Peer reviewer

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A pilot randomised controlled trial of sleep restriction therapy versus sleep hygiene education for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients with acute insomnia
Fleming, Leanne (Principal Investigator) Young, David (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2024 - 31-Jan-2025
SGSSS Collaborative Studentship 2022-23 - Alzheimer Scotland
Brown Nicholls, Louise (Principal Investigator) Fleming, Leanne (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 31-Jan-2027
Mental Health Futures Collaborative
Cogan, Nicola (Principal Investigator) Parra Rodriguez, Mario (Principal Investigator) Fleming, Leanne (Principal Investigator) Quinn, Neil (Principal Investigator) Tse, Dwight (Principal Investigator) Knifton, Lee (Principal Investigator) McCann, Lisa (Principal Investigator) Maguire, Roma (Principal Investigator) Smith, Matthew (Principal Investigator) Graham, Christopher Darryl (Principal Investigator) Grealy, Madeleine (Principal Investigator) Stephen, Susan (Principal Investigator) Weir, Natalie Mcfadyen (Principal Investigator) Donnachie, Craig (Principal Investigator) Cameron, Julie (Principal Investigator) Kane, Tony (Co-investigator) Lakey, Trevor (Academic) Donovan, Kevin (Fellow)
This Engage with Strathclyde event is aimed at all those with an interest in mental health including people with lived experience, NHS and social care personnel and staff, occupational health and human resource management staff, student support services, university student and staff, academics, private and public sector and other personnel interested in mental health research and knowledge exchange.

12-Jan-2023 - 12-Jan-2023
Digital Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Insomnia in Chronic Migraines: Feasibility of a Randomised Controlled Trial
Crawford, Megan (Principal Investigator) Fleming, Leanne (Co-investigator)
22-Jan-2021 - 21-Jan-2024
Strathclyde COVID-19 Research Portfolio: Novel testing, digital health support and third sector collaboration for impact on social care
Bedford, Tim (Principal Investigator) Corrigan, Damion (Co-investigator) Dunlop, Mark (Co-investigator) Egan, Kieren (Co-investigator) Fleming, Leanne (Co-investigator) Flowers, Paul (Co-investigator) Grealy, Madeleine (Co-investigator) Hoskisson, Paul (Co-investigator) Hunter, Iain (Co-investigator) Janssen, Xanne (Co-investigator) Kirk, Alison (Co-investigator) Knifton, Lee (Co-investigator) Lenhart, Otto (Co-investigator) Maguire, Roma (Co-investigator) Morton, Alec (Co-investigator) Quinn, Neil (Co-investigator) Scott, Fraser (Co-investigator) Suckling, Colin (Co-investigator) Ward, Andrew (Co-investigator) Williams, Lynn (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 16-Jan-2021
Non-adherence to hormonal therapy in breast cancer survivors: systematic review and qualitative analysis of the role of sleep disturbance
Fleming, Leanne (Principal Investigator) Crawford, Megan (Co-investigator) Dixon, Diane (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2020

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Dr Leanne Fleming

Email: l.fleming@strath.ac.uk
Tel: 548 2573