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    M13 9PL Manchester

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Lesley is a Lecturer in Biostatistics with a primary focus on clinical trials and a particular interest in mental health research. She leads the statistical component of the ClinPsyD (Doctorate in Clinical Psychology) programme and contributes to the undergraduate medical teaching. She also supervises several doctoral research project carried out by ClinPsyD and PhD students within the Division of Psychology and Mental Health. 


Lesley graduated from the University of York in 2009 with a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics. She was then employed on an NIHR Research Methods Fellowship at the University of Manchester which included an MSc in Statistics during the first year, followed by two years working within the Biostatistics department on a range of applied projects. Following this she secured an NIHR Doctoral Fellowship to pursue research in statistical methods for intensive longitudinal data, with applications to Experience Sampling Methodology.  Within this she explored methods for the design and analysis of three-level, hierarchical data. In January 2016 Lesley was appointed Lecturer in Biostatistics at the University of Manchester.

Social responsibility

Social responsibility representative for the Centre for Biostatistics

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

NIHR Research for Patient Benefit North West regional advisory committee

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
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Manchester

Award Date: 1 Dec 2016

Master of Science, MSc Statistics, The University of Manchester

Award Date: 30 Sept 2010

Bachelor of Science, BSc (Hons) Mathematics , University of York

Award Date: 17 Jul 2009

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures


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