Heather Young-Leslie, MA (McMaster), PhD (York)

Senior Research Partner, SSH, VPRI Research Partners Network

Pronouns: she/her


Senior Research Partner, SSH, VPRI Research Partners Network
(780) 492-0842
448-F Law Centre
8820 - 111 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5

Research Whisperer Hours: https://www.ualberta.ca/research-services-office/proposal-development/sshrc/announcements.html


Area of Study / Keywords

Medical Anthropology; Research Development; Knowledge Mobilization; Research Impact


Experienced in academic and applied research, with a history of competitive grants success, peer-reviewed publications, mentoring, change management, and of envisioning and enabling strategic research success within the portfolio of the Vice-President (Research & Innovation), University of Alberta, as well as liaising for the university at Research Impact Canada. Currently the inaugural Senior Research Partner, Social Sciences and Humanities, using human-centred design, and professor-oriented principles to set-up and develop the new Research Partner Network at the University of Alberta.


Peer reviewed publications on: facemasks in Covid-19, medicine and modernity, ecological knowledge, Indigenous women's textiles, mothering, ethnography of Oceania (Tonga, Papua New Guinea). You can find me discussing social responses to facemasks during the pandemic on Counter.Social:  https://counter.social/@HyL


Past teaching inclused anthropology of health, culture of biomedicine, gender and globalization, and Oceanic ethnography.


COVID discrimination experience: Chinese Canadians’ social identities moderate the effect of personal and group discrimination on well-being.

Author(s): Nigel Mantou Lou, Kimberly A Noels, Shachi Kurl, Ying Shan Doris Zhang, Heather Young-Leslie
Publication Date: 1/13/2022
Publication: Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
DOI: 10.1037/cdp0000519
External Link: https://doi.apa.org/doiLanding?doi=10.1037%2Fcdp0000519

Public Health Messages About Face Masks Early in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Perceptions of and Impacts on Canadians

Author(s): Ying Shan Doris Zhang, Heather Young-Leslie, Yekta Sharafaddin-Zadeh, Kimberly Noels, Nigel Mantou Lou
Publication Date: 2/20/2021
Publication: Journal of Community Health
Volume: (Online)
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10900-021-00971-8