Leorra Newman

416-979-5000 ext. 2184

Degree in Progress

PhD Clinical Psychology


2012 MA Clinical Psychology, Ryerson University
2010 BSc (Honours) Psychology, University of Toronto

Research Interests

Leorra’s research interests include (1) factors involved in the development, maintenance, and treatment of anxiety disorders and (2) the dissemination of evidence-based psychological treatments.  Her master’s thesis investigated the effects of cognitive restructuring and mindfulness approaches on social anxiety symptoms.  Leorra’s doctoral dissertation is examining decision-making in individuals selecting treatments for anxiety-based disorders, to determine how best to support systematic evaluation of evidence.  Leorra also maintains an interest in neuropsychological themes; past research projects have centered on human memory, attention, and somatosensory mapping.

Clinical Interests

Leorra has worked in inpatient and outpatient settings and has experience applying a cognitive-behavioural framework to treatment of a variety of concerns, including social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, specific phobia, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, adjustment disorders, insomnia, and pain. She has also led mindfulness and cognitive therapy groups in a primary care clinic, and cognitive-behavioural groups on a mood and anxiety inpatient unit.  In addition, Leorra has extensive experience conducting comprehensive psychological assessments, integrating results from psychodiagnostic interviews, personality assessment, and self-report measures.

Research Support

2015 Ontario Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral
2015 CIHR Health Professional Student Research Award
2014 Ryerson Graduate Award
2013 Ryerson Graduate Award
2012 Ontario Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral
2011 Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) – Master’s Award
2010 Ryerson Graduate Award

Selected Publications

  • Newman, L. & Antony, M. M. (2015, May). Behavioural experiments and exposure in the treatment of social anxiety.  Rapport: The Newsletter of the Canadian Register of Health Service Psychologists.
  • Vorstenbosch, V., Newman, L., & Antony, M. M. (2014). Exposure techniques.  In: S.G. Hofmann (Ed.), Cognitive behavioral therapy: A complete reference guide. Volume 1 (D. J. A. Dozois, Ed.): CBT general strategies (pp. 45-65). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Newman, L., & Antony, M.M. (2013, February). Treatment of specific phobias: Actions speak louder than words. Advances in Cognitive Therapy, 13, 3-10.
  • DeNoto, P., Newman, L., Wall, S., & Einstein, G. (2013). The hermunculus: What is known about the representation of the female body in the brain? Cerebral Cortex, 23, 1005-1013.
  • Hirshhorn, M., Newman, L., & Moscovitch, M. (2011). Detailed descriptions of routes traveled, but not map‐like knowledge, correlates with tests of hippocampal function in older adults. Hippocampus, 21, 1147-1151.

Conference Presentations

  • Newman, L., Atwood, M. E., Belus, J. M., Monson, C. M., & Antony, M. M. (2012, November). Cognitive strategies for management of social anxiety: A comparison of brief cognitive restructuring and mindfulness interventions. Poster presented at the meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, National Harbor, MD.
  • Hirshhorn, M., Newman L., & Moscovitch, M. (2009, March). Detailed descriptions of routes traveled, but not map-like knowledge, correlates with tests of hippocampal function in older adults.  Poster presented at the meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, CA.
  • Newman, L. (2008). Mapping the female somatosensory cortex. Oral presentation to Women’s Health Research Day, Women’s College Research Institute, Toronto, ON.