Dr Leah Sharman

ARC DECRA Research Fellow

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


Dr Leah Sharman is an ARC DECRA Research Fellow in the School of Psychology. Her research interests are broadly in the fields of Social, Emotion, and Health Psychology with much of her research involving interdisciplinary collaborations across Law, Medicine, and Public Health. Dr Sharman's PhD was completed in 2019 with her thesis furthering understanding of our interpretations of crying and its functions. Dr Sharman's postdoctoral research is currently focused on understanding how victim-survivor experiences of loneliness are associated with health and social outcomes after escaping from intimate partner violence.


  • 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

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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