Leanne De Souza-Kenney

Portrait of Prof. De Souza
Assistant Professor, Global and Public Health: Human Biology Program & Health Studies Program

Leanne De Souza-Kenney, MSc, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Global and Public Health in the Human Biology Program and Health Studies Program, University College, at the University of Toronto. Dr. De Souza-Kenney is cross-appointed to the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, and she holds the Alexander Lawson Distinguished Chair in Child Nutrition and Health. She is also the Inaugural Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Race and Health Policy. Her research examines health equity and the social determinants of health such as the effects of food-insecurity on underserved and racialized communities. As a prevention scientist, her focus is on upstream approaches to modify risk factors for metabolic/obesity-mediated conditions like type 2 diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease. Dr. De Souza-Kenney is Co-Chair of the Human Biology Program EDI committee and serves on the Steering Committee for the Sustainable Development Goals at the University of Toronto.