• Burgess, Leah


    Investigator, BC Children's Hospital
    Psychologist, BC Children's Hospital and BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services

    Degrees / Designations
    Primary Area of Research
    Brain, Behaviour & Development
    Secondary Area(s) of Research
    604-875-2345 ext. 5583
    Lab Phone
    Mailing Address

    BC Children's Hospital
    Room P2-215
    4500 Oak St.
    Vancouver, BC V6H 3N1

    Affiliate Websites
    Research Areas
    • Psychosis - cognitive sequelae, biological causes, and ambiguous diagnoses
    • Personality development and disorders in youth
    • Psychological assessment
    • Memory and cognition
    • Crisis and risk assessment
    • Program evaluation 
    • IRT and multivariate statistics 
    I am a Psychologist at BC Children's Hospital in inpatient psychiatry. I collaborate on research projects designed to enhance our understanding of mental illness and enhance our ability to provide accurate and timely assessments, diagnoses, and treatment for children, youth, and families who have experienced significant mental health concerns. 
    Current Projects

    Enhanced assessment and monitoring of clinical presentation, change over time, and family centred care outcomes on Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry at BC Children's Hospital. With team consultation, this work involves the design and implementation of pre-post outcome evaluations. The current project involves the integration of a standardized assessment battery and outcome evaluation research methods into routine, interdisciplinary clinical care. The next phase is to involve youth in the creation of a new measure to augment the battery.

    Improved understanding of the unique biopsychosocial factors that mitigate risk in clozapine treatment for youth with treatment refractory psychosis.This is an exceptionally vulnerable population. I collaborate on a multiphase research project at BCMHSUS. Phase one is an interdisciplinary project to better understand current clinical practice and clarify risk and protective factors in inpatient care. Biopsychosocial variables are analyzed through retrospective clinical assessments, and qualitative and quantitative data analyses. The latter phases of this research project are to establish clinical guidelines for clozapine administration in children and adolescents.
    Selected Publications

    Adam, T., Radley, C., Burgess, L., Rathgeber, M., Olsen, A., Watt, K., Hart, S., & Davidson, J. (accepted for 2017, March). Risk Management in Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry: An Interdisciplinary Approach. Presentation at BC patient safety and quality council’s Quality Forum 2017: Imagine Tomorrow, Act Today, Vancouver, BC.

    Burgess, L. (2016, September). Pre-post Outcomes on Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry, Preliminary Findings. Invited presentation to the leadership committee and the adolescent inpatient psychiatry program at BC Children’s Hospital. Vancouver, BC.
    Honours & Awards
    Research Group Members
    • Dean Elbe - Clinical Pharmacist 
    • Ardelle Komaryk - Nurse Practitioner
    • Audrey Wexler - Psychologist
    • Ali Eslami - Psychiatrist