Contact

samantha.leung@uhn.ca

Degrees

MSc in Biology, York University

BSc (Honours) in Biology and Psychology, Queen’s University

Research Interests

Samantha is broadly interested in obesity, eating behaviours, mental health, and patient care. Her work as a research coordinator and analyst with the Toronto Western Hospital’s Bariatric Centre of Excellence focuses on developing interventions and stepped care approaches for pre- and post-operative bariatric surgery patients. Currently, she is the research coordinator for a multi-site, randomized controlled trial examining the effectiveness of telephone-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy.  The study is a partnership between the HEAL Lab and the Toronto Western Hospital Bariatric Program.

Selected Publications

  • Cassin, S. E., Leung, S. E., Hawa, R., Wnuk, S., Jackson, T., & Sockalingam, S.  (2020).  Food addiction is associated with binge eating and psychiatric distress among post-operative bariatric surgery patients and may improve in response to cognitive behavioural therapy.  Nutrients, 12, 2905.
  • Sockalingam, S., Leung, S., Wnuk, S., Cassin, S. E., Yanofsky, R., & Hawa, R. (2020).  Psychiatric management of bariatric surgery patients: A review of psychopharmacological and psychological treatments and their impact on post-operative mental health and weight outcomes.   Psychosomatics, 61(5), 498-507.
  • Sockalingam, S. Leung, S. E., & Cassin, S. E. (2020).  The impact of COVID-19 on bariatric surgery: Redefining psychosocial care.  Obesity, 28(6), 1010-1012.
  • Hawkins, M., Leung, S., Lee, A., Wnuk, S., Cassin, S. E., Hawa, R., & Socakingam, S. (2020).  Psychiatric medication use and weight outcomes one-year after bariatric surgery.  Psychosomatics, 61(1), 56-63.
  • Costa-Dookhan, K. A., Leung, S., Cassin, S. E., & Sockalingam, S. (2020).  Predictors of response to telephone-based cognitive behavioural therapy in bariatric surgery patients.  Canadian Journal of Diabetes, 44(3), 236-240.
  • Leung, S., Wnuk, S., Jackson, T., Cassin, S. E., Hawa, R., & Sockalingam, S. (2019).  Prospective study of attachment as a predictor of binge eating, emotional eating, and weight loss two years after bariatric surgery.  Nutrients, 11(7), 1625.
  • Sockalingam, S., Leung, S. E., Hawa, R., Wnuk, S., Parikh, S. V., Jackson, T., & Cassin, S. E. (2019).  Telephone-based cognitive behavioural therapy for patients 1-year post bariatric surgery: A pilot study.  Obesity Research and Clinical Practice, 13(5), 499-504.
  • Cassin, S. E., Buchman, D. Z., Leung, S. E., Kantarovich, K., Hawa, A., Carter, A., & Sockalingam, S. (2019).  Ethical, stigma, and policy implications of food addiction: A scoping review. Nutrients, 11(4), 701.

Selected Conference Presentations

  • Hawkins, M., Leung, S., Wnuk, S., Cassin, S. E., Hawa, R., & Sockalingam, S. (2019, November). Psychiatric medication use and weight outcomes one-year post bariatric surgery [paper presentation].  ASMBS Obesity Week Conference, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Leung, S. E., Cassin, S. E., Hawa, R., Wnuk, S., Jackson, T., & Sockalingam, S. (2019, April). Telephone-based cognitive behavioural therapy for post-operative bariatric surgery patients.  A study protocol [poster presentation].  Annual meeting of the Canadian Association of Bariatric Physicians and Surgeons (CABPS), Toronto, ON.
  • Cassin, S. E., Buchman, D., Kantarovich, K., Leung, S., Hawa, R., Carter, A., & Sockalingam, S. (2019, March).  Potential implications of food addiction on stigma: A scoping review [poster presentation].  International Conference on Eating Disorders (ICED), New York, NY.
  • Sockalingam, S., Leung, S. E., Hawa, R., Wnuk, S., Jackson, T., Du, C., Parikh, S., & Cassin, S. E. (2018, November).  Telephone-based cognitive behavioural therapy for 1 year post bariatric surgery patients: A pilot study [poster presentation].  Annual meeting of the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (ACLP), Orlando, FL.
  • Leung, S., Cassin, S. E., & Sockalingam, S. (2019, May). Prospective study of attachment as a predictor of eating pathology and weight loss two years after bariatric surgery [paper presentation]Annual meeting of the Canadian Association of Bariatric Physicians and Surgeons (CABPS), Toronto, ON.
  • Costa-Dookhan, K. A., Leung, S., Cassin, S. E., & Sockalingam, S. (2019, April). Predictors of response to telephone-based cognitive behavioural therapy in bariatric surgery patients [paper presentation].  Canadian Obesity Summit (COS), Ottawa, ON.
  • Leung, S. E., Cassin, S. E., Hawa, R., Wnuk, S., Jackson, T., & Sockalingam, S. (2019, April). Telephone-based cognitive behavioural therapy for post-operative bariatric surgery patients.  Protocol for a randomized controlled trial [poster presentation].  Canadian Obesity Summit (COS), Ottawa, ON.
  • Leung, S. E., Cassin, S. E., Hawa, R., Wnuk, S., & Sockalingam, S. (2019, April). Prospective study of attachment as a predictor of eating pathology and weight loss two years after bariatric surgery [poster presentation]. Canadian Obesity Summit (COS), Ottawa, ON.