Dr. Damian Leitner, B.Sc., M.A., Ph.D.

Dr. Damian Leitner is a registered clinical psychologist (#2781) with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia. He is a full-time staff psychologist with Interior Health, providing neuropsychological service to the Department of Psychology at Kelowna General Hospital and Kelowna Community Health & Services Centre. He also holds a position with University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus (UBCO) as an Adjunct Professor. Dr. Leitner completed his Bachelor of Science (Hons.) degree at UBCO. After four years of employment with CONNECT Communities in Lake Country, a rehabilitation centre for individuals living with acquired brain injury, he returned to UBCO to obtain his M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology under the supervision of Drs. Maya Libben and Harry Miller. Dr. Leitner completed his predoctoral residency (specialty track – adult neuropsychology) with the Nova Scotia Health Authority in Halifax. Dr. Leitner’s graduate research focused on neuropsychological assessment methods, primarily with people who have experienced a stroke or traumatic brain injury. His dissertation explored the utility of novel eye tracking methods during cognitive testing with patients who experienced a stroke. Outside of work, Dr. Leitner enjoys spending time with his family, travelling, and saying ‘yes’ to new adventures.

Damian’s Publications


Udala, M., Ohlhauser, L., Campbell, M., Langlois, A. Leitner, D., Libben, M. & Miller, H. (2020). A Psychometric Examination of the PAI-SF in Persons with Recent Stroke. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 15, 1-22. doi: 10.1080/13854046.2020.1831076.

Upshaw, J., Leitner, D., Rutherford, B., Miller, H. & Libben, M. (2019). Allocentric vs. Egocentric Neglect in Stroke Patients: A Pilot Study Investigating the Assessment of Neglect Subtypes and their Impacts on Functional Outcome using Eye-Tracking. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society6, 1-11. doi: 10.1017/S1355617719000110.

Udala, M., Leitner, D., Clark, J., Miller, H. & Libben M. (2018). Psychological Disturbance and Cognitive Functioning in TBI patients. Applied Neuropsychology: Adult32, 1-9. doi: 10.1080/23279095.2018.1460370.

Leitner, D., Miller, H. & Libben, M. (2018). Assessing the Predictive Value of a Neuropsychological Model on Concurrent Function in Early Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation. The Clinical Neuropsychologist25, 1-23. doi: 10.1080/13854046.2018.1487586.

Leitner, D., Miller, H. & Libben, M. (2017). Comparison of the Buschke Selective Reminding Test and the California Verbal Learning Test – Second Edition in a Traumatic Brain Injured Population. Applied Neuropsychology: Adultdoi: 10.1080/23279095.2017.1362561.