Leanne Doherty

Leanne Doherty


  • Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

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Leanne is a Research Fellow within the Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute at Ulster University. Leanne graduated with a BSc in Human Nutrition in 2006, after which, she successfully completed a Masters of Research and PhD within the Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health (NICHE). During her PhD Leanne gained extensive experience working within the clinical setting recruiting prostate cancer patients and systemic lupus erythematosus patients from the Western and Belfast Health and Social Care Trusts.

As a Post-Doctoral Scientist, Leanne had a lead role on a range of externally funded research projects. Leanne worked on a human nutrition intervention study at the University of Liverpool and also assisted with the setting up of a multi-centre weight loss study in collaboration with the MRC Human Nutrition Research Centre at Cambridge University and Oxford University. Following this, Leanne worked on a mixed methods research study in the School of Nursing at Ulster, before joining NICHE in 2017 when she acted as a Lecturer in Human Nutrition and Immunology within the School of Biomedical Sciences (maternity cover) and managed a multi-centre project exploring Functional foods for Optimal nutrition for healthier Ageing (OptiAge). The OptiAge project included a two-year double-blind, randomised control trial (RCT) to investigate the effect of low-dose B-vitamins on bone mineral density and a food intervention study to test a vitamin enriched drink for its effectiveness in optimising B-vitamin status. Leanne was successfully placed on the E Tutor register in Biomedical Science at Ulster and provided online pastoral & teaching support to undergraduate and postgraduate students on topics such as research methods, ethics, hypothesis testing & statistical analysis.

Leanne is currently working as the Trial manager on the Walking In Schools (WISH) study. This is a school-based clustered RCT conducted with girls aged 12–14 years from schools across the Border Region of Ireland and Northern Ireland. 

Teaching Interests

Human Nutrition, Health Promotion, Immunology, Biochemistry, Statistics, Research Methods, Conducting a Systematic Review, Ethics & Research Governance.   

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, An investigation of vitamin D status in systemic lupus erythematosus - its relationship with disease activity, bone mineral density and quality of life.

Award Date: 2 Jul 2012

Master, Evaluation of a 20-week school-based physical activity programme to improve - parameters of health in schoolchildren

Award Date: 14 Nov 2007


Award Date: 3 Jul 2006


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