Dr Lesley Uttley BSc, PhD (Psychology)

Senior Research Fellow


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

Office: 2025

Tel: (+44) (0)114 222 0782
Fax: (+44) (0)114 222 0749

E-mail: l.uttley@sheffield.ac.uk

ORCiD: 0000-0003-4603-9069


I am a senior research fellow and career development award holder for investigating human influences in systematic reviews and meta-analyses, funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC). I obtained my BSc and PhD in Psychology at the University of Sheffield. I joined ScHARR as a systematic reviewer in January 2011 for the evidence review group, ScHARR-TAG, working on a variety of projects including mental health, oncology and diagnostics. I design, lead and conduct systematic reviews and I am interested in how the people, or the systematic review team, can potentially influence the output of apparently objective research projects.

Research interests

  • Research integrity of systematic reviews
  • Positive and negative human influences in research
  • Methodology of systematic reviews

Teaching activities

  • Supervisor to PhD students on systematic review topics
  • Supervisor to Masters student dissertation involving systematic reviews
  • Deliver lectures and workshops in systematic review and meta-analysis

Professional activities


  • Co-chair for ScHARR Systematic Reviewers academic development group
  • Member of ScHARR Equality and Diversity committee
  • Member of ScHARR Research Committee


  • Invited visiting scientist to the World Health Organisation (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)
  • Editorial board member for Scientific Reports (Nature)
  • Peer reviewer for Systematic Reviews (BMC)

Key Publications

Extended List of Publications

Journal articles