Leanne Shearsmith

Leanne Shearsmith


Leanne joined the Patient Reported Outcomes Group in September 2014 as a volunteer Research Assistant, forming an industry year of her degree working on several projects exploring quality of life and symptom reporting in cancer patients. She returned to her studies and graduated from the University of Leeds in 2016, having been awarded the H Gwynne Jones prize for achieving the highest mark in her year group for her dissertation on “Investigating Effective Preparation Strategies for Optimal Surgical Performance in Laparoscopic Surgery”.

Alongside her degree she volunteered for Teddy Bear Hospital, delivering health education workshops to children aged 4-8 with the aim of alleviating childhood anxiety of hospitals and medical procedures. She returned to the group in 2017, working as a Research Assistant on the Radiotherapy strand of the eRAPID project. Since November 2017 she has been working as a Research Assistant for Phase 3 of the DECIDE project and ePRIME (electronic Patient self-Reported outcomes to Improve cancer Management and patient Experiences). ePRIME involves patient reporting of adverse events in early phase trials, and exploring the feasibility of monitoring of cancer patients in remission from gynaecological using ePROMs and tumour markers.

Research interests

Health psychology, neuroscience and medicine.


  • BSc Psychology (Industrial)

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Medical Research at St James's
  • Patient Centred Outcomes