Ms Leah Derham-Boyce

BSc(Hons), MSc, PGCert

Management School

Doctoral Researcher

EFL Tutor

Full contact details

Ms Leah Derham-Boyce
Management School
Sheffield University Management School
Conduit Road
S10 1FL

I gained a BSc in Neuropsychology (2013) and an MSc by Research in Psychology (2016) at the University of Central Lancashire with a thesis entitled “Autistic Men in the Workplace: An Interpretative Phenomenological Study”, and a PGCert in Autism and Asperger Syndrome (2018) from Sheffield Hallam University. I am now studying for a doctorate in Management at the University of Sheffield, researching autistic workers’ support needs and reasonable adjustments.

I have experience of research in various fields, including Higher Education, Continuous Professional Development, Health and Wellbeing, but most has been in Psychology and Management. I have conducted observations, interviews, focus groups and questionnaires. I have worked on SUMS’ submissions for the REF 2020, and I have secured the Gold Green Impact award for my institution in 2015.

I am also open to collaborative research on areas related to neurodiversity, autistic people going into higher education and employment, mental health, co-occuring conditions and disorders, and autism theory.

My teaching experience is extensive. I have taught and tutored in EFL roles for many years, both privately and in University, I have taught, assisted in teaching and offered marking services in Universities since 2015, most recently in SUMS and Psychology as a Junior Lecturer. Currently, I am working towards Associate Fellowship to the HEA.


Bachelors with Honours in Neuropsychology

Master of Science by Research in Psychology, thesis entitled "Autistic Men in the Workplace: An Interpretative Phenomenological Study"

Postgraduate Certificate in Autism and Asperger Syndrome

TEFL Certificate

Research interests

My research interests are focused on autistic adults, their experiences related to mainstream higher education and employment, mental health and wellbeing, performance and other outcomes. I view autism through the lens of neurodiversity, and the social and biopsychosocial models of disability, and I am an advocate for the rights and wellbeing of autistic people.

My research experience includes both qualitative and quantitative methods, though my particular expertise in qualitative methods, though my doctorate uses mixed methods. Ultimately, my aim is to improve the adult lives of autistic people by using research to inform society and policymakers of the sorts of reasonable adjustment they can make, supports they can provide, and ways to aid campaign efforts in raising awareness and understanding.

I am currently working in research papers relating to working experiences of sensory sensitivity, disclosure, and masking in autistic people.


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Professional activities and memberships

Teaching English as a Foreign Language since 2017, either as a tutor or an instructor

Junior lecturer for SUMS and Psychology at TUoS since 2019