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Leanne Jackson
Research Associate



Leanne Jackson is a Research Associate in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York. Leanne joined the University of York in July 2021 to work on the Health Exercise Nutrition for the Really Young (HENRY) project, with the Better Start Bradford program. The aim of this intervention is to provide families with the skills and knowledge to engage in a healthier lifestyle and make healthier choices to ultimately reduce the number of children who have overweight or obesity.

Leanne completed her undergraduate degree with 1st Class Honours in June 2017 at the University of Liverpool. At the same institution, Leanne is currently in the final year of her PhD studies (due to submit in October 2021). Leanne’s PhD has sought to investigate the relationship between maternal mental health (namely, guilt, shame, postpartum anxiety, and postpartum depression) and infant feeding outcomes (intention, initiation, duration, exclusivity, and maternal emotional experiences), using a mixed methods approach. During her PhD, Leanne has gained experience in working collaboratively with external research teams, NHS sites, professional bodies, and PPI representatives to produce published works with a focus on perinatal emotional wellbeing and infant feeding outcomes. Leanne currently holds a Research Assistant position at the University of Liverpool and is working on an acceptability and feasibility pilot to examine the effectiveness of remote interventions in supporting caregivers of infants with colic and/or reflux, who have been referred to Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.


  • BSc Psychology (Hons) - University of Liverpool
  • PhD (pending, October 2021) - University of Liverpool



Leanne's specific areas of interest include perinatal mental health, and infant feeding outcomes and experiences. Leanne has extensive experience in designing, managing, collecting data, analysing, and disseminating projects with a quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methodology focus. Leanne also has experience in intervention design, implementation, and management as part of her Research Assistant position at the University of Liverpool. Leanne is also a certified Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).


  • Better Start Bradford phase II Innovation Hub: Improving life chances of babies and children; to improve social and emotional development, nutrition, language and communication development; and to enact a system change. Big Lottery

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Leanne Jackson
Research Associate