Following a BSc in Psychology, Leanne spent a year working closely with individuals with brain injury. As part of the MSc project she was introduced to the field of Emotion Regulation, and was extremely interested in its relevance for neurorehabilitation. The capacity to regulate one's emotions is often impaired following both focal and diffuse brain lesions, with little understanding as to the underlying mechanisms of this impairment. In addition, she collaborated on a qualitative project investigating social isolation following brain injury.
Her interest in further study was put on hold, as she took part in some international humanitarian voluntary programmes, and worked for a short time in the Welsh Ambulance Service control room.
She is now studying a PhD in Neuropsychology, at Bangor University. This clinically-based project benefits from a close working relationship with a local NHS brain injury service. The principal aims of the research involve the development of a psycho-education programme to improve emotion regulation in patients with brain injury. Her work also aims to develop further understanding of the neuropsychological components involved in emotion regulation, in both brain-injured patients and neurologically healthy controls.
Her main research interests include applied neuropsychology, emotion regulation and the underlying neuropsychological mechanisms, and socio-emotional adjustment after brain injury. More recently, Leanne has become interested in the role of Positive Psychology in rehabilitation.
Leanne is funded by KESS (European Social fund through the Welsh Government).