Experiences from conception to age six have the most important influence of any time in the life

Leah Levac

Graduate Student

  • Program: Ph.D in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Email: leah.levac@unb.ca
  • Funding Source: Trudeau Foundation

Leah completed her Masters and PhD at the University of New Brunswick (2007;2011) and holds degrees from Queen's (B.Ed., 2002) and Acadia (BRMH, 2001). Her research focuses on engaging with marginalized young women to enable them to participate in policy development, particularly to address social factors that hinder health. She uses an intersectional theoretical approach, which recognizes the ways by which an individual's identity affects her or his experiences of power and marginalization. Leah's research also explores civic engagement as a strategy for addressing complex social problems.

In addition to Leah's research, she teaches a course about critical self-assessment and personal growth at Renaissance College, and serves as the Vice-Chair of Youth in Transition Inc., a small non-profit that operates a residential program for 16-19 year old young women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. As well, she is a member of Equal Voice, NB, and is involved with 21inc., a network of young leaders committed to creating the capacity for change in New Brunswick through leadership development.