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

Research Fellow

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I am an experienced mental health services researcher and Chartered Psychologist. Prior to joining the University of Manchester in 2012, I conducted extensive research (including co-design and participatory research methods) with sensitive populations in Ireland, including 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 with University College Dublin was a mixed-method investigation of psychological models of suicidal behaviour in 548 psychiatric outpatients. My Masters focused on research methods with sensitive populations. Prior to academic research, I worked in community mental health care for people with chronic and enduring psychosis and/or bipolar disorder.

Most recently, I was the project manager and lead researcher on large collaborative NIHR Applied Research Grant for Suicide Prevention and worked closely with Professor Nav Kapur and Dr Jayne Cooper for over five years. The Programme Grant was a high impact collaboration between the Universities of Manchester (Professor Nav Kapur), Oxford (Professor Keith Hawton), and Bristol (Professor David Gunnell). See here for further details and outputs: http://www.bris.ac.uk/population-health-sciences/projects/suicide-prevention/

My current role is as a Research Fellow with the NIHR Patient Safety Translational research Centre in the Safety in Marginalised Groups theme (http://www.patientsafety.manchester.ac.uk/). I manage and lead the work around improving hospital services for people who self-harm by increasing access to psychological services and psychosocial assessment.

Areas of interest include: Mental health services research, patient and public engagement and involvement in sensitive research topics, risk scales, diagnostic accuracy for mental health services, psychological services for people who self-harm, self-harm, suicidal behaviour, self-harm in emergency services, patient safety for people who present to hospital with self-harm.


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

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol)

Biology, Medicine and Health (BMH) Domains


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

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