Dr Oana Lindner

Dr Oana Lindner


I am a Research Fellow in the Division of Psychological & Social Medicine, working on projects related to chronic illnesses and low mood. 

Prior to this, I worked in psychosocial oncology for 13 years. In the past two years, I was involved in evaluating the implementation of the Shared Community Follow-up Service for patients treated for germ cell tumours and in the ePRIME project (electronic Patient self-Reported outcomes to Improve cancer Management and patient Experiences) within the Leeds Institute of Cancer and Pathology. Before this, I was a Research Associate and Teaching Assistant at the University of Manchester, School of Psychological Sciences.

I pursued an MRC-funded PhD in the University of Manchester which focused on Chemotherapy-induced cognitive changes in cancer patients. I began to work on outcomes related to cancer and its treatment during my bachelor and masters studies in Psychological and Educational Sciences, Babes-Bolyai University (Romania). I have an MSc in Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy; the dissertation focused on the Religions coping mechanisms in mothers of paediatric cancer patients; my Psychology BSc looked into Parents' illness perceptions, behaviours and their influence on the emotional distress of the paediatric cancer patient. I have also pursued a 2-year MBA course on Managerial Communication and Human Resources. 

I have a long-standing commitment to the investigation of a range of outcomes following the diagnosis and treatment of long-term illnesses to improve services available and offered to patients. 

Research interests

Psychosocial determinants of outcomes in long-term illness (outcomes ranging from neuropsychological, behavioural, psychosocial).

Systematic reviews and meta-analyses for evidence-based healthcare decisions.

Evidence-based education in patients and health-care professionals.

Communication between patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals.


  • MRC DTG PhD (2014) School of Psychological Sciences, University of Manchester
  • MSc Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy (2010) Faculty of Psychology, Babes-Bolyai University
  • BSc Psychology and Educational Sciences, Faculty of Psychology, Babes-Bolyai University

Student education

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I currently tutor on the I&P Year 1 MBChB course. Prior to this I was a tutor on the Year 1 RESS module of the MBChB. While in Manchester I have been a Teaching Assistant for four years where I facilitated seminars in Research Methods and Statistics, Developmental psychology, Health Psychology, and Language and Communication. 

Research groups and institutes

  • Psychological and Social Medicine