Joanna Leaviss BA (Liverpool), MPA (Liverpool), PhD (Nottingham)

Jo Leaviss

University of Sheffield
Regent Court, 30 Regent Street
Sheffield, S1 4DA

Office: 2016

Tel: (+44) (0)114 222 0895
Fax: (+44) (0)114 222 0749


ORCiD: 0000-0002-5632-6021


I joined ScHARR as a systematic reviewer in December 2010, having previously worked on a number of health-related research projects. After completing my Masters degree I worked in the Department of Health Care Education at the University of Liverpool on a range of projects exploring multidisciplinary teamwork in health care. Subsequent research focused on risk communication for health behaviours, lay conceptualisations of occupational disease (University of Nottingham), health considerations of older construction workers (University of Loughborough), and inclusive antenatal care for parents with a learning disability (MENCAP). I have a PhD in health psychology, exploring the role of usability, usefulness and frame in persuasive health communication.

Research interests

I am a systematic reviewer. My research interests include evaluating the the clinical and cost-effectiveness of health interventions. In particular I am interested in the efficacy of clinical interventions for psychological disorders, Medically Unexplained Symptoms and Long-Term Conditions. Other research interests include smoking cessation, judgements and decision-making for health behaviours, risk communication.

My Teaching Interests

My teaching interests lie in Systematic Reviews and Critical Appraisal, specifically data extraction, quality assessment and meta-analysis. I am currently involved in the following teaching activities:

HAR6029: Sytematically Reviewing the Literature. Joint module co-ordinator.

HAR6114: Systematic Reviews and Evidence Synthesis: Principles. Facilitator.

HAR6024V2/HAR679: Dissertation for Masters in Public Health. Dissertation supervisor.

Departmental activities

Co-chair Systematic Reviewers Academic Development Group (SRADG)

Member ScHARR Research Ethics Committee

Current/recent projects

  • Medically Unexplained Symptoms (MUS): behaviour modification interventions in primary care settings
  • Assessing the cost-effectiveness of screening for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) in the newborn bloodspot screening programme 
  • Assessing the cost-effectiveness of including adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) in the newborn bloodspot screening programme
  • Supporting the routine collection of patient reported outcome measures in the National Clinical Audits for assessing cost-effectiveness
  • Diabetes and co-morbid depression: an economic evaluation
  • Psychological interventions for Medically Unexplained Symptoms and Long Term Conditions: a scoping review
  • Cytisine for smoking cessation: A systematic review and economic evaluation
  • Group CBT for post-natal depression
  • Psychotherapeutic effects of Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Workplace smoking cessation: a systematic review of qualitative evidence
  • Clinical and cost-effectiveness of managing varicose veins
  • Clinical and cost-effectiveness of diagnostic strategies for suspected acute coronary syndrome (ACS)

Recent grants

  • NIHR Health Technology Assessment 2015: Medically Unexplained Symptoms (MUS): primary care intervention, £200k, Chief Investigator. 
  • Department of Health (IAPT)2013: Psychological interventions for Medically Unexplained Symptoms and Long-Term Conditions. £10k, co-applicant.
  • ScHARR strategic research fund 2012: Psychotherapeutic effects of Compassion-Focused Therapy. £5k, co-PI.

Peer review

  • Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings (JOCS)
  • Trials
  • NIHR HS&DR Programme
  • Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
  • BMC Psychiatry
  • Psychology and Health
  • Asthma UK

Extended List of Publications

Journal articles