Dr Emily Pattinson

Dr Emily Pattinson


I obtained my masters degree (psychology) from the University of Sunderland in 2013, then went on to complete my PhD at the University of Winchester in 2017.  My PhD thesis investigated the performance-enhancing properties of self-efficacy on competative springboard and highboard divers. I presented findings from my PhD at the FINA world medical congress in 2016 and was awarded the Cameron Award for outstanding contributions to Aquatic Research. Following my PhD I worked as a researcher at the University of Winchester evaluation the sucess of an social inclusion initiative aimed at supporting the long term unemployed and economically inactive back into work.

I joined the University of Leeds in 2019 and currently work on the Queer Futures 2 project investigating mental health in LGBTQ+ young people alongside Prof Elizabeth Hughes.

Research interests

My current research focus is mental health disparities for LGBTQ+ young people. I am currently part of a team investigating the strengths and weaknesses of existing mental health and social support provisions with the aim of producing new commissioning guidelines for youth LGBTQ+ focused mental health care. In addition, I am interested in the perspectives of NHS staff on the subject of LBGTQ+ health disparities and the madatory recording of sexual orientation data.


  • PhD, Sport Psychology
  • MSc, Psychology
  • BA (Hons), Design
  • FD, Photography

Professional memberships

  • Charted member of the British Psychological Society