Dr Jessica Leather

Research Associate

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I am a research associate in the Division of Psychology and Mental Health, funded by the NIHR Greater Manchester Patient Safety Translational Research Centre. 

My work aims to adapt interventions to prevent self-harm among young people who are under the care of CAMHS services. 

My PhD explored healthcare professionals’ experiences encountering patients at risk of self-harm, to inform the development of an intervention to increase adherence to the NICE guidelines for self-harm prevention.

Research interests:

  • Suicide and self-harm
  • Self-harm interventions
  • Role of healthcare professionals in suicide prevention
  • Long-term conditions

External positions

Co-Chair, UK Society for Behavioural Medicine Early Career Network

Mar 2021 → …


  • Self-harm, Suicide Prevention, behavioural science, Health Psychology, psychology, mixed methods

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2022 - Doctor of Philosophy, DEVELOPING AN INTERVENTION TO IMPROVE IMPLEMENTATION OF NATIONAL GUIDANCE FOR SELF-HARM, The University of Manchester (2018 - 2022)
  • 2017 - Master of Science, Health Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University (2016 - 2017)
  • 2015 - Bachelor of Science, Applied Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University (2012 - 2015)

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