Dr Leanne Fleming



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




Sharing positive behavior change made during COVID-19 lockdown : a mixed-methods co-production study
Williams Lynn, MacDonald Bradley, Rollins Lesley-Anne, Janssen Xanne, Fleming Leanne, Grealy Madeleine, Kirk Alison, Young David, Flowers Paul
Health Psychology (2021)
The impact of medication side effects on adherence and persistence to hormone therapy in breast cancer survivors : a qualitative systematic review and thematic synthesis
Peddie Nicola, Agnew Sommer, Crawford Megan, Dixon Diane, MacPherson Iain, Fleming Leanne
Breast Vol 58, pp. 147-159 (2021)
Positive change during COVID-19 : a mixed method approach to sharing understandings of the initiation of cross-domain positive change
Williams Lynn, MacDonald Bradley, Rollins Lesley-Anne, Janssen Xanne, Grealy Madeleine, Fleming Leanne, Kirk Alison, Young David, Flowers Paul
British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference 2021 (2021)
Adherence to cognitive behavior therapy for insomnia : an updated systematic review
Agnew Sommer, Vallières Annie, Hamilton Ailie, McCrory Stephanie, Nikolic Marek, Kyle Simon D, Fleming Leanne, Crawford Megan R
Sleep Medicine Clinics Vol 16, pp. 155-202 (2021)
What have we learned about positive changes experienced during COVID-19 lockdown? Evidence of the social patterning of change
Williams Lynn, Rollins Lesley, Young David, Fleming Leanne, Grealy Madeleine, Janssen Xanne, Kirk Alison, MacDonald Bradley, Flowers Paul
PLoS ONE Vol 16 (2021)
Changes in physical activity, sitting and sleep across the COVID-19 national lockdown period in Scotland
Janssen Xanne, Fleming Leanne, Kirk Alison, Rollins Lesley, Young David, Grealy Madeleine, MacDonald Bradley, Flowers Paul, Williams Lynn
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health Vol 17 (2020)

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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.


Protecting population physical & mental health during the coronavirus pandemic: A representative national weekly survey to understand changes
Fleming, Leanne (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2020
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
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 - 31-Jan-2021

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