• Portrait of Lesley Ritchie
  • Assistant professor

    Max Rady College of Medicine
    Clinical Health Psychology
    PZ350-771 Bannatyne Avenue
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, MB R3E 3N4

    Phone: 204-787-7424

Research themes

  • neuropsychological assessment
  • neuropsychological rehabilitation for executive dysfunction
  • neuropsychological sequelae of concussion

Research interests

  • aging and neuropsychology
  • concussion
  • mild cognitive impairment: diagnostic criteria and progression to dementia
  • neuropsychological outcomes following resective epilepsy surgery
  • neuropsychological rehabilitation
  • sport neuropsychology


  • concussion
  • epilepsy
  • mental wellness
  • neuropsychology
  • sport

Research affiliations

Research Affiliate – Canada North Concussion Network

Research Affiliate – University of Manitoba Centre on Aging

Scientist – Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Research groups

Excellence in Neurodevelopment and Rehabilitation Research in Child Health (ENRRICH)

Research summary

Dr. Ritchie’s research interests are largely clinical and focus on traumatic brain injury in youth and adults, neuropsychological assessment, and epilepsy. As a member of the multidisciplinary team at the Pan Am Concussion Program, Dr. Ritchie is involved in a number of multidisciplinary research projects examining concussive injuries in youth and adults. Most recently, the collaborative research team was successful in obtaining funding to evaluate multidisciplinary management of work-related concussion.


Dr. Lesley Ritchie is a clinical neuropsychologist an assistant professor in clinical health psychology at the University of Manitoba.

She is also a registered clinical psychologist in the provinces of Manitoba and Ontario and is licensed to provide clinical neuropsychology, clinical psychology, and rehabilitation psychology services to adolescent, adult and elderly clients.

Her clinical work is split between conducting neuropsychological assessments for the Epilepsy and Movement Disorders Services at the Health Sciences Centre and working as the onsite clinical neuropsychologist at the Pan Am Concussion Program. The Pan Am Concussion Program is a provincial government-funded clinical program that provides multidisciplinary care to pediatric patients with concussion and traumatic brain injuries (TBI) living in Manitoba, northwestern Ontario and central Nunavut.

Dr. Ritchie has represented neuropsychology as a member of the Parachute Concussion Expert Advisory Committee (CEAC). Parachute is a national Canadian charity founded in 2012 devoted to injury prevention and is actively involved the creation and dissemination of evidenced-based guidelines for injury prevention, including the Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport.

She is actively involved in similar advocacy and educational work in Manitoba, where she is a founding member of the Manitoba Adult Concussion Network – a not for profit group of health-care providers working collaboratively to promote and facilitate high-quality evidence-based care of adult concussion.

Additionally, Dr. Ritchie is a founding member of the Canadian chapter of SNS and provides an international perspective to the larger SNS community.


Diplomate in Clinical Neuropsychology - American Board of Professional Psychology (2020)

Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology (Specialization in Neuropsychology) (2009)

Masters of Science in Psychology (Specialization in Neuroscience) (2003)

BA (Honours) in Psychology (2000)


University of Manitoba's Dr. Robert McIlwraith for Excellence in Clinical Training Award (2022)

Fellow, Sports Neuropsychology Society (2020)

Contact us

Clinical Health Psychology
PZ350-771 Bannatyne Avenue
University of Manitoba, Bannatyne Campus
Winnipeg, MB R3E 3N4 Canada