Liisa Galea, Ph.D.

Professor and Lead, Women’s Health Research Cluster; Scientific Advisor, Women’s Health Research Institute; Director, Graduate Program in Neuroscience; Distinguished University Scholar, Psychology; Associate, Psychiatry, Djavad Mowafaghian Center for Brain Health; University of British Columbia


Liisa Galea is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, Director of the Graduate Program in Neuroscience, Lead of Women’s Health Research Cluster, and a Scientific Advisor at Women’s Health Research Institute at the University of British Columbia. Her research goal is to improve brain health for women and men by examining the influence of sex and sex hormones on normal and diseased brain states such as depression and Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Galea obtained her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Western University and was a postdoctoral fellow at The Rockefeller University. Dr. Galea is a Distinguished University Scholar, is a twice winner of the NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada)-Discovery Accelerator Supplement, received the Michael Smith Senior Scholar Award, Cattell Sabbatical Award, and the Vancouver YWCA Women of Distinction award. She was recognized as a Fellow at the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society (IBNS). She has over 160 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Galea is the chief editor of FiN (Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology IF: 9.059), an editor of eNeuro, and serves/served on the editorial boards of Endocrinology, Hormones and Behavior, and Neuroscience. Dr. Galea served on peer review panels for the National Institute of Health(US), Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), Wellcome Trust(UK) and NSERC. She has secured over $8M as PI. She is a President-Elect of the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences (OSSD), and serves on numerous committees (advocacy, EDI) and advisory boards (e.g. Institute for Gender and Health CIHR).

Funded Research

These projects were made possible from Cure Alzheimer's Fund support.