Dr Oana Lindner

oanaResearch Fellow

Phone: 0113 206 8520
Email: o.c.lindner@leeds.ac.uk

Oana’s research looks at the psychological and social determinants of physical, mental health and social well-being in people with who live with or beyond ill health, particularly cancer.

She has been working on outcomes related to cancer and its treatment since her Bachelor and Master studies in Psychological and Educational Sciences, Babes-Bolyai University (Romania). Her Psychology BSc explored parents’ illness perceptions, behaviours and their influence on the emotional distress of the paediatric cancer patient. Oana’s MSc is in Clinical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy; her dissertation focused on religions coping mechanisms in mothers of paediatric cancer patients. She also pursued a 2-year MBA course on Managerial Communication and Human Resources. Oana’s PhD, undertaken in the School of Psychology, University of Manchester, was supported through an MRC Doctoral Training Grant (MRC-DTG) and explored Chemotherapy-induced cognitive changes in working age non-central nervous system cancer patients.

For the past two years Oana worked in the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences on a project looking at depression trajectories in chronic illness and has been involved in two systematic reviews on the prevalence, costs and health care use associated with medically unexplained symptoms, anxiety, and depression.

Prior to this Oana was part of our PCOR team, to which she has now returned. She was a research fellow on the ePRIME project (electronic Patient self-Reported outcomes to Improve cancer Management and patient Experiences) and she led the evaluation of a novel service for post-treatment outpatients – Shared Community Follow-up Service for Germ Cell Tumour Survivors. This latter project implemented risk-stratified follow-up for cancer survivors in usual care, which were enhanced by the routine clinical use of online patient-reported outcome measures.

Currently, Oana is a Research Fellow and Co-Investigator on the ESRC-funded project grant: Impact of cancer diagnosis on the social reintegration of teenagers and young adults. You can read more about this new study here.

You can also follow the project team, add relevant information or contribute to any discussions on Twitter (@YoungCancerLife) and Instagram (@YoungCancerLife).

Areas of expertise: Psycho-social & cognitive outcomes; patient-reported outcomes; Systematic reviews; Meta-analyses; Observational studies; Health services implementation research.

Oana prefers to take a lifespan perspective on the process of adaptation to illness to define potential determinants of quality of life and well-being which could then be targeted within interventions and services. In short, not all people from all walks of life will be similarly affected by cancer. The question is, what combination of psychological and social factors may facilitate or hinder their quality of life? More specifically, she is interested in:

  • Psychological and social determinants of medical and psycho-social outcomes in cancer
  • Systematic reviews and meta-analyses for evidence-based health care decisions
  • Evidence-based education in patients and health care professionals
  • Communication between patients, caregivers, and health care professionals


Lindner OC, Jadhakhan F, Blakemore A, Guthrie E. 2019. Prevalence of common mental health disorders in adults who are high or costly users of health care services: protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ Open.

Jadhakhan F, Lindner OC, Blakemore A, Guthrie E. 2019. Prevalence of medically unexplained symptoms in adults who are high users of health care services: a systematic review and meta-analysis protocol. BMJ open. 9(7), pp. e027922-e027922

Lindner OC, Velikova G, Stark DP. 2019. Digitally enabled patient-reported outcome measures in cancer care. The Lancet Oncology. 20(1), pp. e2-e2

Lindner OC, McCabe MG, Boele F, Mayes A, Talmi D, Radford J, Wearden A. 2019. Discussing factors associated with quality of life in cancer follow-up appointments: a preliminary test of a pragmatic model for clinical practice. Clinical Rehabilitation. 33(4), pp. 762-772

Lindner OC, Ranatunge D, Stark D. 2017. Use of Patient-Reported Outcome Measures to Enhance Follow-Up after Germ Cell Tumour Treatment. In: Velikova G; Fallowfield L; Younger J; Board RE; Selby P (eds.) Problem Solving in Patient-Centred and Integrated Cancer Care. EBN Health

Lindner OC, Mayes A, McCabe MG, Talmi D. 2017. Acute memory deficits in chemotherapy-treated adults. Memory. 25(10), pp. 1327-1339

Lindner OC, Phillips B, McCabe MG, Mayes A, Wearden A, Varese F, Talmi D. 2014. A meta-analysis of cognitive impairment following adult cancer chemotherapy. Neuropsychology. 28(5), pp. 726-740

Lindner OC, Craciun C. 2009. Parents’ illness perceptions, maladaptive behaviours, and their influence on the emotional distress of the child – A pilot study on a Romanian paediatric cancer group. Cognition, Brain Behavior: An interdisciplinary Journal.

Lindner OC. 2008. Book review: Fundamentals of evolutionary psychology and genetic counselling. An integration of psychology and biology. Parallaxis.

Lindner OC. 2008. A descriptive view over the mortality caused by respiratory and cardiac illnesses in Romania and Great Britain. Parallaxis.

Research grants

I am currently a co-investigator on the Impact of Cancer Diagnosis on Social Reintegration project, funded by the ESRC (PI: Prof. Dan Stark)


Oana co-supervises dissertations in the School of Sociology and Social Policy and on the Doctorate of Clinical Psychology in the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences.

Until recently she was a course co-lead and tutor on the Year 1 MBChB Individuals & Populations module and a tutor on Year 1 MBChB RESS module. While in Manchester, she was a Teaching Assistant in the School of Psychology for four years where she facilitated seminars in Research Methods and Statistics, Developmental psychology, Health Psychology, and Language and Communication.

Patient/Public Involvement and Engagement Activities

Over the past 2 years, Oana was the Patient/Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) Lead in the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences.

Currently she leads the PPIE strategy for a Teenage and Young Adult Advisory Group in PCOR and for our ESRC project. Oana contributed to several lay scientific communications in in the media, including:

BBC World Service – Health check (2019). Chemo-brain. Retrieved from https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3csy9k8

Lymphoma Matters (2015). Living with cancer-related cognitive impairments or ‘chemo-brain’. Retrieved from http://www.lymphomas.org.uk/sites/default/files/pdfs/lymphoma-matters-spring-2015.pdf (Highly commended by the British Medical Association).

The Telegraph (2014). Proof that ‘chemo brain’ does exist. Retrieved from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/children_shealth/10949956/Proof-that-chemo-brain-does-exist.html

BBC News (2014). Coping with my teenage chemo brain. Retrieved from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-28163631

Contact – Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (2014).  ‘Chemo-brain’ does exist. Retrieved from http://www.cclg.org.uk/write/MediaUploads/Contact%20magazine/1%20Magazine%20pdfs/Contact_65.pdf