Scott Leatherdale – School of Public Health & Health Systems

Dr. Scott Leatherdale is a dedicated graduate supervisor in the School of School of Public Health & Health Systems. Since joining the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences in 2011, Professor Leatherdale has supervised more than 25 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and has 15 current trainees. The 16 letters of nomination submitted from current and former trainees express high regard for his supervision; he is praised for his commitment as a mentor and teacher and valued by students for his support of their wellbeing and in advancing their experience, success and careers. Scott has had a distinguished research career, including recognition as a Fellow of the American Academy of Health Behaviour (2019) and as a recipient of a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Trailblazer award (2016). He is currently a University of Waterloo Research Chair and was an Applied Chair in Public Health through CIHR and the Public Health Agency of Canada from 2014 to 2019. One of Scott’s primary research emphases is the pan-Canadian COMPASS school surveillance system that provides evidence to advance youth health and improve school health programs and policies. This integration of science and public health practice fosters a rich learning environment for trainees. Many of Scott’s more than 220 journal publications include graduate students and trainees as authors.  Students whom Professor Leatherdale has mentored go on to make notable contributions in academia and public health leadership - a tribute to his outstanding mentorship.

Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision winners