Dr. Brenda Leung, ND, PhD

Dr. Brenda Leung, ND, PhD is an Epidemiologist and Naturopathic Doctor. She is an Assistant Professor, in the Faculty of Health Sciences, at the University of Lethbridge. She holds the Emmy Droog Chair in Complementary and Alternative Health Care. She is also a Research Affiliate of the Prentice Institute for Global Population and Economy. Dr. Leung is a Visiting Research Fellow, International Complementary Medicine Research Leadership and Capacity Building Program, Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (ARCCIM), University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. Her academic credentials include a PhD in epidemiology, an MSc in health research from the University of Calgary, and a BSc from the University of British Columbia. She completed her ND at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. Dr. Leung is a member of the Canadian Interdisciplinary network for Complementary and Alternative Medicine research (IN-CAM), Canadian Pediatrics and CAM network (PedCAM). CAM education and research network of Alberta (CAMera). She is also a member of the College of Naturopathic Physicians of BC (CNPBC), Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND), and the Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada (CDPAC).

Prior to joining the U of L, she was the director of research at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, had taught at the Canadian Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and held various positions at the University of Calgary. She is currently on the steering committee and an active member of the Canada-India Maternal-Infant Health Collaborative (CIMIHC); a network of academics, clinicians, government officials, community members from across Canada, India, China, among other places. The goal of this global collaboration is to improve maternal-newborn outcomes at a community level, in response to local priorities through local values, beginning in the Indian state of Odisha.

Dr. Leung’s research includes the application of various Complementary and Alternative Heath Care (CAHC) therapies in the treatment of chronic disease, as well as approaches for integrative healthcare. She has examined the role of prenatal nutrition on maternal mood and child development, the importance of pregnancy and birth cohort studies. Her academic efforts have not gone unnoticed, having earned her a number of awards and grants, such as the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, Hospital for Sick Children Foundation studentship grant and Canadian Interdisciplinary Network for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research (IN-CAM) studentship grant.

When it comes to better understanding the approaches and benefits of holistic health care, Leung is more than up for the task. She continues to foster interdisciplinary collaborations with scientists from neuroscience, mental health, maternal and child health, and nutrition. Her goal is to raise the profile of CAM research and provide viable health-care options for the public. Her research plan at the U of L promises to take advantage of the multi-disciplinary expertise on campus. As the research program evolves, Dr. Leung sees great potential in establishing the U of L as a hub for the study of complementary and alternative health care practices.


Research Interests: Mind-Body Therapies; Integrative Healthcare; Mental Health and Society; Child, Youth and Maternal Health; Nutrition; Epidemiology; Population Health; Community Health / Public Health; Health Promotion; Lifestyle Determinants and Health; Environmental Health; Health Services;    Nutrition and Metabolism; Neurosciences; Mental Health and Addiction; Nutriceuticals and Functional Foods; Nutrients; Nutritional Disorders; Nutritional Requirements; Metabolic Diseases; Metabolic Disorders; Social Determinants of Dietary and Metabolic Disorders; Systematic and Scoping Review Research Methodologies; Anxiety; Brain Metabolism; Cognition; Depression; Emotional Regulation;   Autism; Acupuncture; Chronic Pain; Mental Health; Clinical Trials; Cohort Study; Mixed Methods.

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