Dr Leanne Lester

Dr Leanne Lester is the Research Manager at the Centre for Social Impact UWA (CSI UWA) .

Leanne is an epidemiologist and biostatistician who has over 25 years’ experience in evaluation and is the Research Manager at CSI UWA. Leanne provides specialised research methodology, data collection, linkage and data analysis expertise for business, not-for-profits, school and community-based research, education and advocacy.

Leanne has been involved in many evaluations focussed on mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing outcomes. Leanne is currently involved in the evaluation of FDV services, homelessness initiatives, women’s refuge services, out-of-home care services, mental health initiatives, and early intervention professional learning programs.


  • Family and Domestic Violence
  • Women’s refuges
  • Out-of-home care mental health
  • Wellbeing initiatives
  • Homelessness

Research methods

Mixed methods researcher, social research design, outcomes measurement, program evaluations.