Dr Lesley Smith

Dr Lesley Smith


I am a Senior Research Fellow in the Leeds Institute of Clinical Trials Research, leading a range of data science activities including developing clinical prediction models and implementing processes to integrate routine datasets into cancer clinical trials. I joined the University of Leeds in 2015 as a senior statistician and completed a PhD in 2020 investigating cure and long-term outcomes for children and young adults diagnosed with cancer. Prior to this I was the senior statistician on the Born in Bradford birth cohort study and worked at the Northern and Yorkshire Cancer Registry and Information Service (NYCRIS). 

Research interests

My background is in medical statistics and epidemiology with a strong interest in statistical methods in cancer epidemiology. I am interested in clinical and healthcare research based on observational and electronic health record data. I have extensive experience designing and implementing statistical analysis based on large population-based routine healthcare databases including primary and secondary care data and national and regional cancer registry data. 


  • MSc Medical Statistics
  • BSc Mathematics and Statistics
  • PhD Cancer Epidemiology

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Society for Social Medicine and Population Health

Student education

I am module lead for the “Analytic Research” module on the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Research. 

Research groups and institutes

  • Cancer Survivor Intelligence Group
  • Cancer
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Leeds Institute of Health Sciences
  • Division of Primary Care, Palliative Care and Public Health
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