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

Dr. Damian Leitner is a full-time staff neuropsychologist with 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 (UBCO) as an Adjunct Professor. He is currently in the process of registration with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia. In practice, Dr. Leitner provides (supervised) neuropsychological services to a variety of patient populations, including people living with a stroke, traumatic brain injury, neurodegenerative process, and/or mental health disorder. Dr. Leitner completed his Bachelor of Science (Hons.) degree at UBCO. After four years of employment with Connect Lake Country, a community rehabilitation centre for individuals living with acquired brain injuries, he returned to complete his graduate schooling at UBCO where he received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology under the supervision of Drs. Maya Libben and Harry Miller. Dr. Leitner’s graduate research focused on neuropsychological assessment methods in stroke. Dr. Leitner completed his internship (specialty track – adult neuropsychology) with the Nova Scotia Health Authority in Halifax, N.S. Dr. Leitner has research interests in neuropsychological assessment with focus primarily on patients who have experienced a stroke or traumatic brain injury. His dissertation explored the utility of novel eye tracking methods during cognitive testing with stroke inpatients to advance existing test approaches and predict recovery. Other areas of interest include the development and delivery of positive psychology interventions and psychometrics. Outside of work, Dr. Leitner enjoys spending time with his family, travelling, hiking, and saying ‘yes’ to new adventures.n regulation on the postauricular reflex, a psychophysiological measure of the appetitive response. Amané’s Master’s research will investigate the ways that technology and e-mental health can increase accessibility to eating disorder services and treatments.

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.