Leah Quinlivan

Leah Quinlivan, BA., MSc., PhD., CPsychol


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BA Psychology (Hons, First), M.S.c (Applied Social Research), PhD (Public Health & Population Science)


I am an occasional lecturer for introductory and advanced statistics on the BPS accredited University of Manchester, Forensic Psychology and Mental Health MSc and Advanced Practice in Forensic Mental Health MSc. 

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol)


I am a Research Fellow and Chartered Psychologist at the NIHR Greater Manchester Patient Safety Research Collaboration (NIHR GM PSRC) in the University of Manchester. I lead the self-harm research component and co-lead the involvement and engagement work for self-harm and suicide prevention in the NIHR GM PSRC. I am also an expert content advisor for the NHS England & NHS Improvement funded programme to improve community-based services for self-harm and the CQUIN for psychosocial assessments.

Prior to joining the University of Manchester, I conducted extensive mixed-methods research (quantitative, qualitative, co-design, and participatory research methods) on sensitive topics in Ireland, including with patients who have attempted suicide, families and significant others bereaved by suicide, patients with severe and enduring mental health issues, and people with intellectual disabilities. My PhD in Public Health and Population Science from University College Dublin, was a mixed-method investigation of psychological models of suicidal behaviour in psychiatric outpatients. Prior to academic research, I worked in mental health care for people with chronic and enduring psychosis and/or bipolar disorder.

For over a decade, I have managed and delivered large and complex National Institute of Applied Research (NIHR) funded programmes of work on improving hospital services for people who have harmed themselves. My translational research is focussed on the diagnostic accuracy of risk scales, psychosocial assessment, psychological services, and improving patient safety for people who present to hospital with self-harm. I work closely with patients, clinicians, health services, and third sector partners to translate research evidence to clinical practice.

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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


  • Self-harm
  • Attempted suicide
  • Psychological models of suicide
  • Research methods
  • Risk scales
  • Psychiatry
  • Suicide
  • Patient Safety


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