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


  • Dingle, Genevieve A., Sharman, Leah S., Bauer, Zoe, Beckman, Emma, Broughton, Mary, Bunzli, Emma, Davidson, Robert, Draper, Grace, Fairley, Sheranne, Farrell, Callyn, Flynn, Libby Maree, Gomersall, Sjaan, Hong, Mengxun, Larwood, Joel, Lee, Chiying, Lee, Jennifer, Nitschinsk, Lewis, Peluso, Natalie, Reedman, Sarah Elizabeth, Vidas, Dianna, Walter, Zoe C. and Wright, Olivia Renee Louise (2021). How do music activities affect health and well-being? A scoping review of studies examining psychosocial mechanisms. Frontiers in Psychology, 12 713818, 713818. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.713818

  • Zickfeld, Janis H., van de Ven, Niels, Pich, Olivia, Schubert, Thomas W., Berkessel, Jana B., Pizarro, José J., Bhushan, Braj, Mateo, Nino Jose, Barbosa, Sergio, Sharman, Leah, Kökönyei, Gyöngyi, Schrover, Elke, Kardum, Igor, Aruta, John Jamir Benzon, Lazarevic, Ljiljana B., Escobar, María Josefina, Stadel, Marie, Arriaga, Patrícia, Dodaj, Arta, Shankland, Rebecca, Majeed, Nadyanna M., Li, Yansong, Lekkou, Eleimonitria, Hartanto, Andree, Özdoğru, Asil A., Vaughn, Leigh Ann, del Carmen Espinoza, Maria, Caballero, Amparo, Kolen, Anouk ... Vingerhoets, Ad (2021). Tears evoke the intention to offer social support: a systematic investigation of the interpersonal effects of emotional crying across 41 countries. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 95 104137, 104137. doi: 10.1016/j.jesp.2021.104137

  • Donald, Maria, Partanen, Riitta, Sharman, Leah, Lynch, Johanna, Dingle, Genevieve A., Haslam, Catherine and van Driel, Mieke (2021). Long-term antidepressant use in general practice: a qualitative study of GPs' views on discontinuation. British Journal of General Practice, 71 (708), BJGP.2020.0913-e516. doi: 10.3399/bjgp.2020.0913

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  • Doctor Philosophy

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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

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor