Prof of Clinical Psychology
University of CanterburyJulia is a Professor of Clinical Psychology in the School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing at the University of Canterbury, the Director of Te Puna Toiora, the Mental Health and Nutrition Research Lab and co-author of The Better Brain published by Penguin Random House and Harper Collins in 2021. Originally from Toronto, Canada, she completed her PhD at the University of Calgary in clinical psychology. In 2000, she immigrated to New Zealand. For over a decade, she and her lab have been running clinical trials investigating the role of broad-spectrum micronutrients in the treatment of mental illness, specifically ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety and stress. Julia has over 140 peer reviewed publications, given invited talks all over the world, and is frequently featured in the media. Her 2014 TEDx talk has been viewed over 1.9 million times. She recently created a free EdX online course for the public on mental health and nutrition. Having witnessed current conventional treatments failing so many people, Julia is passionate about helping people find alternative treatments and being a voice for those who have been let down by the current public healthcare system.