Cortex Center Dr Leanna Cruikshank

Dr. Leanna Cruikshank Ph.D.

EXPERT: Neuropsychology


Dr. Leanna Cruikshank is a registered psychologist, licensed in both British Columbia (#2812) and Alberta (#5349). She completed her PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Alberta, where her research focused on the neural substrates of visual memory. She completed her Master of Education (MEd) degree in Counselling Psychology, with a specialization in Vocational Rehabilitation, at the University of British Columbia.

Following her graduate studies, Dr. Cruikshank completed a postdoctoral internship in Neuropsychology, at a specialized psychoneurological clinic in Surrey, B.C. She received formal training in neuropsychological assessment and provided counselling services to individuals within an interdisciplinary head injury rehabilitation program. She has experience working with individuals with a variety of acquired brain injuries (including traumatic brain injury and stroke), as well as other neurological and neuropsychiatric conditions. She has conducted numerous comprehensive neuropsychological-vocational, learning disability, and ADHD assessments, with the goal of assisting individuals identify and overcome barriers to employment and optimal functioning.

Dr. Cruikshank has a particular interest and experience in trauma and stressor-induced changes in brain functioning, and the complex interplay between physical and emotional injury. She frequently works with clients experiencing symptoms of posttraumatic stress and anxiety and has specialized training in trauma-focused therapies, including advanced training in Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She provides psychological services to individuals experiencing emotional distress in response to a variety of overwhelming life experiences.


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