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Leah Millard is a part-time PhD Psychology researcher within the Division of Psychology and Mental Health, School of Health Sciences. Funded by the Medical Research Council Doctoral Training Partnership, she is conducting an NIHR portfolio-adopted multisite feasibility trial exploring the potential benefits of perinatal compassion focused therapy for mothers with mental health difficulties, through both quantitative and qualitative methods.  

Alongside her PhD, Leah works as a Research Associate at the university's Perinatal Mental Health and Parenting Research Unit (PRIME-RU) that works in collaboration with the Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. In this role, she is also the Finance Support Coordinator for the NIHR-funded BAY Trial. 

She is a current recipient of the MRC DTP Flexible Training Supplement Award to fund an upcoming internship in the USA. 



My group

Supervisors: Dr Anja Wittkowski, Dr Ming Wai Wan & Dr Debbie Smith


2019-2020 MSc Early Intervention in Psychosis - Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London 

Award: Distinction 

Thesis Title: A retrospective cohort study of an NHS Joint Obstetric-Psychiatric (JOP) clinic: Can specialised antenatal care improve maternal and neonatal outcomes? 

2015-2019 BSc (Hons) Psychology - Brunel University London 

Award: First Class Honours 



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

External positions

Research Associate , Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

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Areas of expertise

  • BF Psychology
  • Compassion focused therapy
  • Perinatal mental health
  • Psychosis
  • Systematic review


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