Leonie completed her BSc (Hons.) degree in Psychology at the University of Surrey. During this period she undertook a placement year working as a research assistant in the division of sleep medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (USA). After graduating Leonie went on to work in the area of stroke medicine as a clinical trials research coordinator managing a number of neuropsychology and pharmacology based studies.
Subsequently she completed a research masters reading Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience specialising in Psychopathology at Maastricht University (Netherlands). As part of her masters thesis, Leonie undertook a dual research and clinical placement examining working memory impairments in depression at the MRC Cognition and Brain Science Unit for 9 months. Concurrently she completed a service related project at South London and Maudsley Hospital as part of her clinical minors thesis.
Leonie is currently working as a research assistant on the ACORN study led by Dr Paul Ramchandani which is a feasibility study aimed to lower anxiety and stress during pregnancy.