Leanne is a Senior Lecturer in Modern Irish Social History and Director of the Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland (CHOMI) at Ulster University
Her research interests include women's history, history of sexuality and history of medicine in Ireland/Northern Ireland and she has published widely in these areas.
She is presently working on an AHRC funded project, with Dr Elaine Farrell (QUB), 'Bad Bridget: Criminal and Deviant Irish Women in North America, 1838-1918'. A five part podcast series on the project was produced.
She was the co-author with Professor Sean O'Connell (QUB) of a Department of Health commissioned report on Mother and Baby Homes and Magdalene Laundries in Northern Ireland. In January 2022 she will begin work on a new AHRC funded project, Queer Northern Ireland: Sexuality before Liberation with Dr Tom Hulme (QUB).
She is a member of the Library and Heritage Committee for the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland, a Stakeholder and User Forum member of Public Records Office of Northern Ireland, committee member of the Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies and member of the Irish Humanities Alliance Medical Humanities Working Group.
She is currently an editorial board member for Irish Historical Studies and was previously Book Reviews Editor for the Women's History Association of Ireland. Leanne is a member of the QAA Subject Benchmark Statement Advisory Group for History, 2021 and External Examiner for UG History programmes at Trinity College Dublin and the University of Strathclyde.