Dr Anna Winterbottom

Dr Anna Winterbottom


Anna Winterbottom is an visiting Senior Research Fellow at the University of Leeds and a Research Psychologist at St James University Hospital, Leeds.

Anna is an NHS employee (2009+) and has worked on numerous projects resulting in scientific research outputs and evidence-based resources for use by kidney services and people with established kidney disease.including:

  • Co-investigator: Examination of the barriers and facilitators to living kidney donation in the BAME community (Kidney Research Yorkshire research grant: 2020-2022)
  • Project lead: Development of a resource for health professionals to facilitate conversations with people with kidney disease about end of life (Kidney Care UK/British Renal Society grant: 2020-2021) 
  • Project lead: Development of the Yorkshire Dialysis and Conservative Care Decision Aid (YoDCA; funder: Kidney Research Yorkshire 2017-2020)
  • Senior research fellow: Developing the Yorkshire Dialysis Decision Aid (YoDDA, funder: Kidney Research UK https://www.yodda.leeds.ac.uk 2011-2017)
  • Senior research fellow: Patient Safety in Education and Training: A randomised controlled trial (Bradford Institute for Health Research 2009-2011).

Since 2005, Anna has been recognised as a Chartered Psychologist by the British Psychological Society. She has a PhD in Patient Decision Making about Dialysis from the University of Leeds, holds an MSc in Psychological Approaches to Health (University of Leeds), an MSc in Health Psychology (University of the West of England), and a BSc in Psychology (Lancaster University).

Research interests

Anna has expertise in (health) psychology, decision sciences and health services research methods, which she uses to investigate patients and professionals experience of treatment decision making for kidney disease. Her current research focuses on the design and implementation of decision support interventions for people with established kidney disease making treatment decisions.

Topics of investigation include: patient and health professionals experience of management and decision making for kidney disease, decision support development for the dialysis modality and the dialysis and conservative management treatment decision, critical evaluation of patient information and decision support resources, piloting and assessment of decision aids in renal settings.  


  • PhD in Patient Decision Making about Dialysis (University of Leeds)
  • MSc in Psychological Approaches to Health (University of Leeds)
  • MSc in Health Psychology (University of the West of England)
  • BSc in Psychology (Lancaster University)

Professional memberships

  • British Psychological Society (2002+)

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Health Sciences