Dr Leah Sharman

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 334 69506


Dr Leah Sharman is a Research Fellow in the School of Psychology. Her research interests are broadly in the fields of Emotion, Health, Music, and Social Psychology, often focusing on disadvantaged and marginalised groups. Much of her research involves interdisciplinary or cross-cultural collaborations, with links to the UQ School of Law and Medicine, as well as NGOs focused on women's health. Her PhD was completed in 2019 with her thesis furthering understanding of our interpretations of crying and its functions. Dr Sharman's postdoctoral research is aimed at understanding and evaluating community interventions to loneliness in Australia, with a focus on social prescribing in community centres and GP practices.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland


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  • Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Dingle, Genevieve A. and Sharman, Leah S. (2022). Social prescribing: a review of the literature. Existential concerns and cognitive-behavioral procedures: an integrative approach to mental health. (pp. 135-149) edited by Ross G. Menzies, Rachel E. Menzies and Genevieve A. Dingle. Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-031-06932-1_8

  • Dingle, Genevieve, Sharman, Leah and Larwood, Joel (2019). Young people’s uses of music for emotional immersion. Handbook of Music, Adolescents, and Wellbeing. (pp. 25-38) Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/oso/9780198808992.003.0003

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Leah, Sharman, Eric, Vanman and Jenna, Scambler (2015). The social function of tears in crying. ASP 2015 - 25th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Psychophysiology, Sydney, Australia, 2 - 4 December 2015. Frontiers Media SA. doi: 10.3389/conf.fnhum.2015.219.00056

  • Vanman, Eric J., Horiguchi, Mari and Sharman, Leah (2013). The social function of tears in crying: a facial electromyographic investigation. 53rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research, Florence Italy, 02 - 06 October 2013. Hoboken, NJ United States: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.. doi: 10.1111/psyp.12120

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor