Leanne K Simpson

PhD Candidate, School of Psychology | Institute for the Psychology of Elite Performance, Bangor University

Leanne is working on a joint project with Prof. Paul Downing (School of Psychology), Prof. Lew Hardy and Dr Ross Roberts (School of Sports, Health, and Exercise Sciences) to study the neurocognitive underpinnings of Mental Robustness (MR). Leanne comes from the MSc programme on War and Psychiatry at King's College London. Her PhD is funded by the British Ministry of Defence through their Defence Science & Technology Laboratory. Her current project is a multidisciplinary approach to understanding MR in elite military personnel from units that conduct dismounted close combat operations. The study combines a psychometric approach to understanding the multiple dimensions of MR and to measure individual differences in these dimensions, along with a functional neuroimaging approach to measuring the brain networks that underpin MR. Establishing the relationship between neural activation patterns and the operational capabilities of soldiers may provide some insight into potential cognitive robustness, mental readiness and performance in soldiers.


  • 2013–present
    PhD Student, School of Psychology, Bangor University


  • 2013 
    King's College London, MSc
  • 2012 
    University of Winchester, BSc

Professional Memberships

  • British Psychological Society