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

Senior Research Partner, SSH, VPRI Research Partner Network

Pronouns: she/her


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


Area of Study / Keywords

Medical Anthropology Research Development Knowledge Mobilization Research Impact Ethnography Qualitative Methods Feminist Research Culture of Biomedicine Tonga Papua New Guinea International Development


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, I am 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. I am an Adjunct Professor in Anthropology, and I serve on the board of the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology.
Pronouns: She/Her. 
As a fifth generation settler of Irish and Scots ancestry, raised in Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee territories covered by the Upper Canada Treaties, and a first in family university graduate and feminist, I am grateful to acknowledge I reside and work in ᐊᒥᐢᑿᒌᐚᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ (Amiskwacîwâskahikan), in the lands of the Pâpâsces, the Neyihaw, Nakota Sioux, Denesuline, Anishinaabe and Niitsitapi peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation. I am honoured to recognize the authority of, and my ongoing responsibility to, Treaty 6.


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 includes anthropology of health, culture of biomedicine, gender and globalization, and Oceanic ethnography.


So excited to say new members of the Research Partner Network have been hired (May and June 2023). Joining Dr. Craig Taylor in support of humanities and social sciences research development are Dr. Sylvia Madueke and Ayantika Mukherjee. Please visit this link to learn more about the new additions to the Vice-President Research and Innovation`s portfolio. 

Featured Publications

Ying Shan Doris Zhang, Kimberly A. Noels, Heather Young-Leslie, Nigel Mantou Lou

Frontiers in Psychology. 2022 March; 13 (Online) 10.3389/fpsyg.2022.853830

Nigel Mantou Lou, Kimberly A Noels, Shachi Kurl, Ying Shan Doris Zhang, Heather Young-Leslie

Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. 2022 January; 10.1037/cdp0000519

Nigel Mantou Lou, Kimberly A. Noels, Shachi Kurl, Ying Shan Doris Zhang, Heather Young-Leslie

Canadian Psychology. 2021 July; 63 (3):279-297 10.1037/cap0000305

Ying Shan Doris Zhang, Heather Young-Leslie, Yekta Sharafaddin-Zadeh, Kimberly Noels, Nigel Mantou Lou

Journal of Community Health. 2021 February; (Online)

Heather E. Young-Leslie & Sean E. Moore

Springer, Dordrecht.. 2012 January; Happiness Across Cultures. Science Across Cultures: the History of Non-Western Science (Vol 6) 10.1007/978-94-007-2700-7_13

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