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Brenda Leung


Adjunct Assistant Professor


Cumming School of Medicine
Department of Community Health Science
3330 Hospital Drive NW
Calgary AB T2N 4N1

Research Activities: 

Maternal mental health, child neurocognitive development, child mental health, nutrition, epigenetics, and intrauterine environment

Primary Area of Research: 

• Brenda Leung received her doctoral degree in Epidemiology from the Department of Community Health Science, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary.
• Brenda is currently a co-investigator with the Alberta Pregnancy Outcome and Nutrition study (, which is following a pregnancy cohort to study the relationships between maternal nutrition and maternal mood, birth and obstetric outcomes, and infant neurodevelopment, and how these findings may apply to many maternal and child health issues across populations.
• Her research interest is in nutritional epidemiology and mental health.  Specifically, she is studying the impact of maternal food intake and nutrient status on maternal mental health and on infant / child cognitive and behavioural development.
• Brenda plans to evolve her research in the area of maternal nutrition (i.e. intrauterine nutrition) and fetal and child brain/neural development within the context of food ecology and modern day dietary intakes. As such, her research will be multidisciplinary, involving researchers from neuroscience, mental health, maternal and child health, in particular, fetal/infant brain/neural development and health.
• Brenda has implemented research uptake activities through a number of knowledge translation (KT) initiatives by taking research findings, drafting and customizing the information, and presenting it in plain language to meet the needs of specific audiences.

  • Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)