Jeanna Parsons Leigh

Assistant Professor

Phone: 902-494-8881
Fax: 902-494-6849
Mailing Address: 
Sir Charles Tupper Medical Building
2nd Floor 2A01, Office 2A08
5850 College Street
PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2 Canada
Research Topics:
  • Enhanced Health Systems Performance
  • Interprofessional Teams
  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Recovery from Critical Illness
  • Knowledge Translation


Dr. Parsons Leigh’s program of research is focused on optimizing the institutional and sociocultural aspects of health services delivery for improved patient, family, provider and system outcomes. Her work is informed by partnerships with multiple stakeholders (patients, family caregivers, clinicians and administrators) and a multidisciplinary team of researchers. Specific CIHR funded projects currently being led by Dr. Parsons Leigh include improving transitions in care for survivors of critical illness, understanding barriers and facilitators to the removal of low-value care practices, and developing evidence informed interventions to improve equity, diversity and inclusion in medical specialties. Dr. Parsons Leigh has mentored students conducting applied health services, mixed methods and qualitative research projects. She draws from a variety of research methods in her work including ethnography, grounded theory and narrative inquiry.


BA, First Class Honours, St. Francis Xavier University
MA, York University
PhD, University of Calgary
PDF, University of Calgary

Selected Publications

Parsons Leigh, J., de Grood, C., Ahmed, SB., Ulrich, A., Fiest, KM., Straus, SE., Stelfox, HT. Towards Gender Equity in Critical Care Medicine: A Qualitative Study of Perceived Drivers, Implications and Strategies. Crit Care Med DOI: 10.1097/CCM.0000000000003625

Honarmand, K., Parsons Leigh, J., Martin, CM., Sibbald, R., Nagpal, D., Lau, V., Priestap F, De S., Basmaji, J., Healey, A., Dhanani, S., Weiss, MJ., Shemie, S., Ball, IM., Acceptability of cardiac donation after circulatory determination of death: a survey of the Canadian public. Can J Anaesth. 2020 Jan 2. doi: 10.1007/s12630-019-01560-z. [Epub ahead of print]

Parsons Leigh, J., Petersen J, de Grood C, Whalen-Browne L, Niven D, Stelfox HT. Mapping structure, process and outcomes in the removal of low-value care practices in Canadian intensive care units: protocol for a mixed-methods exploratory study. BMJ Open. 2019 Dec 16;9(12):e033333. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-033333.

de Grood, C.,* Parsons Leigh, J.,* Boyd, J., Bagshaw, S., Soo, A., Stelfox, T. (2018). Patient and Provider Experiences with Intensive Care Unit to Hospital Ward Transfers: A Multi-Centre Qualitative Study. CMAJ June 04, 2018 190 (22) E669-E676; DOI:

Parsons Leigh, J., Stelfox, HT. (2017). Continuity of care for complex medical patients: How far do we go? Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2017 Jun 1;195(11):1414-1416.