Joanna Leaviss BA (Liverpool), MPA (Liverpool), PhD (Nottingham)
University of Sheffield
Regent Court, 30 Regent Street
Sheffield, S1 4DA
Tel: (+44) (0)114 222 0895
Fax: (+44) (0)114 222 0749
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.
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.
Co-chair Systematic Reviewers Academic Development Group (SRADG)
Member ScHARR Research Ethics Committee
- 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)
- 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.
- Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings (JOCS)
- NIHR HS&DR Programme
- Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
- BMC Psychiatry
- Psychology and Health
- Asthma UK
- Factors affecting mortality in older trauma patients—A systematic review and meta-analysis. Injury, 47(6), 1170-1183. View this article in WRRO
- Psychotherapeutic benefits of compassion-focused therapy: an early systematic review. Psychological Medicine, 45(05), 927-945. View this article in WRRO
- What is the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of cytisine compared with varenicline for smoking cessation? A systematic review and economic evaluation.. Health Technol Assess, 18(33), 1-120.
- Is group cognitive behaviour therapy for postnatal depression evidence-based practice? A systematic review.. BMC Psychiatry, 13, 321. View this article in WRRO
- Clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of minimally invasive techniques to manage varicose veins: a systematic review and economic evaluation.. Health Technol Assess, 17(48), i-141.
- "Best fit" framework synthesis: refining the method.. BMC Med Res Methodol, 13, 37. View this article in WRRO
- A qualitative evidence synthesis of employees' views of workplace smoking reduction or cessation interventions.. BMC Public Health, 13, 1095. View this article in WRRO
- Systematic review, meta-analysis and economic modelling of diagnostic strategies for suspected acute coronary syndrome.. Health Technol Assess, 17(1), v-188.
- Perceived safety of donor blood and blood substitutes for transfusion: The role of informational frame, patient groups and stress appraisals. Transfusion Medicine, 15(5), 401-412.
- Exploring the perceived effect of an undergraduate multiprofessional educational intervention. Medical Education, 34(6), 483-486.