Dr Leanne Fleming

Senior Lecturer


Personal statement

I joined the School of Psychological Sciences and Health in November 2016. I am a BPS Chartered Psychologist and my research and teaching interests fall broadly within the Clinical Health discipline. In particular, my work focuses on the etiology and management of insomnia, the psychological aspects of chronic illness and the relationship between poor sleep and other aspects of mental health.




Has expertise in:

    Etiology and management of insomnia

    Behavioural Sleep Medicine

    Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

    Psychological aspects of cancer

    Symptom clusters in chronic illness




Living with persistent insomnia after cancer : a qualitative analysis of impact and management
Reynolds-Cowie Paul, Fleming Leanne
British Journal of Health Psychology (2020)
Overcoming the challenges and complexities of researching a vulnerable population within a palliative care context
Nabi Natasha, Tweats Kate, Logan Karen, Moore Stacey, McMurdo Amy, Vani Shivani, Cogan Nicola, Fleming Leanne
SAGE Research Methods Cases (2019)
Insomnia in breast cancer : a prospective observational study
Fleming Leanne, Randell Kate, Stewart Elaine, Espie Colin A, Morrison David S, Lawless Claire, Paul James
SLEEP Vol 42 (2019)
The psychological predictors of acute and chronic pain in women following breast cancer surgery : a systematic review
McCowat Monica, Fleming Leanne, Vibholm Julie, Dixon Diane
Clinical Journal of Pain (2018)
The effects of improving sleep on mental health (OASIS) : a randomised controlled trial with mediation analysis
Freeman Daniel, Sheaves Bryony, Goodwin Guy M, Yu Ly-Mee, Nickless Alecia, Harrison Paul J, Emsley Richard, Luik Annemarie I, Foster Russell G, Wadekar Vanashree, Hinds Christopher, Gumley Andrew, Jones Ray, Lightman Stafford, Jones Steve, Bentall Richard, Kinderman Peter, Rowse Georgina, Brugha Traolach, Blagrove Mark, Gregory Alice M, Fleming Leanne, Walklet Elaine, Glazebrook Cris, Davies E Bethan, Hollis Chris, Haddock Gillian, John Bev, Coulson Mark, Fowler David, Pugh Katherine, Cape John, Moseley Peter, Brown Gary, Hughes Claire, Obonsawin Marc, Coker Sian, Watkins Edward, Schwannauer Matthias, Macmahon Kenneth, Siriwardena A Niroshan, Espie Colin A
Lancet Psychiatry Vol 4, pp. 749-758 (2017)
Sleep disturbance as a risk factor for non suicidal self injury and suicidal behaviour in youth
Russell K, Rasmussen S, Hunter SC, Bernert RA, Fleming Leanne
SLEEP Vol 40, pp. A412-A413 (2017)

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I am class leader for the Clinical Psychology class (MSc Clinical Health Psychology), the Qualitative Methods class (MSc Research Methods) and the 4th year Psychology of Mental Health class. 

I also teach on the Cognition and Psychobiology class (MSc Psychology and Business)

Research interests

My research interests span three broad areas; (i) the etiology and management of sleep disturbance, (ii) the psychological aspects of chronic illness and (iii) the relationship between poor sleep and other aspects of mental health. I have led numerous research projects focusing on these areas and have secrured funding from a range of extrenal organisations. I have worked extensively with other academics, healthcare practitioners, patients and third sector organisations and am committed to increasing access to evidence-based symptom management programmes through formal research dissemination and knowledge exchange activities.


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 - 30-Jan-2020
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
Improving sleep of adolescents- The Strathclyde Sleep for ScHools (SSSH) project
Crawford, Megan (Principal Investigator) Boyle, Jim (Co-investigator) Fleming, Leanne (Co-investigator)
17-Jan-2019 - 16-Jan-2020

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