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Zoe A. Leyland

Coordinator, EDIDA and Interprofessional Education, Western University

Dr. Zoe A. Leyland is the Coordinator, EDIDA (Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Decolonization, Accessibility) and Interprofessional Education in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Western University. She is a former Postdoctoral Associate in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Western University supervised by Dr. BJ Cunningham and Dr. Janis Oram Cardy. She previously completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Patty Thille (University of Manitoba). Her PhD in Health Professional Education completed at Western explored the lived experience of participating in pain education for healthcare learners with Dr. Dave Walton (Western University). She received an MPEd (Curriculum & Pedagogy) from Western University and received a B.A. (Honours) in Health Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University. She has extensive experience in health education and her work is primarily qualitative. She is passionate about creating a culture of empathy in health education, EDIDA, knowledge translation, and life-long learning.


  • 2023–present
    Coordinator, EDIDA and IPE, Western University
  • 2018–present
    Simulated patient, Western University
  • 2022–2023
    Postdoctoral associate, Western University
  • 2021–2022
    Postdoctoral fellow, University of Manitoba
  • 2017–2021
    Graduate teaching assistant, Western University
  • 2021–2021
    Instructor, Western University
  • 2014–2017
    Curriculum support administrator, Western University


  • 2021 
    Western University, PhD (Health Professional Education)
  • 2017 
    Western University, MPEd (Curriculum & Pedagogy)
  • 2011 
    Wilfrid Laurier University, B.A. (Hons) Health Studies


  • 2023
    Parent Perspectives on Outcome Measurement Using The FOCUS-34 in the Ontario Preschool Speech and Language Program,
  • 2022
    "Maybe I Would've Been More Comfortable in my Ignorance?": Exploring Future Physical Therapist's Lived Experience of an Elective Pain Course,
  • 2021
    "The World Upside Down": Clinical Encounters with the First Cohort of a New Pain-Focused Post-Professional Clinical Master's Degree Program in the COVID-19 Era,
  • 2018
    Management of fibromyalgia syndrome: Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for healthcare professionals,
  • 2018
    Working towards developing an interprofessional pain management curricula for clinicians,

Professional Memberships

  • Critical Physiotherapy Network
  • IASP (International Association for the Study of Pain)
  • Canadian Pain Society