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Ada Leung, PhD, Dip, BSc

Associate Professor

Rehabilitation Medicine

Occupational Therapy

About Me

Ada Leung, PhD, is a graduate supervisor among the academic staff at the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine.


Post-doctoral Fellowship – Cognitive Neuroscience – Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest, University of Toronto – 2008 to 2011

PhD – Rehabilitation Science – Hong Kong Polytechnic University – 2006

Dip – Epidemiology & Biostatistics – Chinese University of Hong Kong – 2001

BSc – Occupational Therapy – Hong Kong Polytechnic University – 1999

Background Information

  • Graduated with a BSc in occupational therapy from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and practiced as an occupational therapist for three years at a rehabilitation hospital in Hong Kong (Tai Po Hospital).
  • Completed a PhD in rehabilitation science with Drs. Chetwyn Chan and Jufang He, focusing on the neural processes of mental fatigue.
  • Interested in neuroscience and attended courses on biological, abnormal, and social psychology at the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA.
  • Obtained training on functional neuroimaging and neuropsychological testing with Dr. Tatia Lee at the University of Hong Kong.
  • Completed post-doctoral fellowship in cognitive neuroscience with Dr. Claude Alain at the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, University of Toronto.
  • Joined the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Alberta in August, 2011.
  • Currently a faculty member in the Centre for Neuroscience at the University of Alberta, a research affiliate at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, and an adjunct scientist in the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care at the University of Toronto

Professional interests

Dr. Leung is interested in the scientific basis of cognitive rehabilitation. The long-term goal of her research is to understand the neural mechanisms underlying cognitive recovery and investigate treatment strategies for improving cognitive functions, e.g., memory, attention and executive function, as well as occupational performance for occupational therapy practice. She uses multiple research methods including behavioral and neuropsychological tests, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), and event-related potential (ERP). Her research participants include healthy adults, special populations, e.g., older adults and musicians, as well as patients, e.g., stroke and traumatic brain injury.


Current Research

  • Neural basis of auditory working memory
  • Working memory training for improving functional abilities


Interested students looking for a supervisor are welcome to contact her directly.