Julia is a Professor of Clinical Psychology in the School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing at the University of Canterbury, the Director of the Mental Health and Nutrition Research Lab and co-author of The Better Brain.
Originally from Toronto, Canada, she completed her PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Calgary. In 2000, she immigrated to New Zealand. Over the last decade, Professor Rucklidge has become well known for her research investigating the interface between nutrition and mental health, and has published over 140 scientific papers.
Julia is also the recipient of numerous local and international awards, including named as one of the top 100 influential women in New Zealand, and is frequently featured in the media discussing her work.
Her TEDx talk, “The surprisingly dramatic role of nutrition in mental health” has been viewed over 1.7 million times. She recently created a free EdX online course for the public on mental health and nutrition.
Having witnessed conventional treatments failing so many people, Julia is passionate about helping people find alternative treatments for their psychiatric symptoms. Through her focus on translating research into practice, she hopes to help make nutritional interventions mainstream.
With colleague Bonnie Kaplan, PhD, Julia, in April 2021, has published the book "The Better Brain - Overcome Anxiety, Combat Depression, and Reduce ADHD and Stress with Nutrition"
Julia Rucklidge, PhD