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Rock, Leigha Phone: 902-494-8864

Email: leigha.rock@dal.ca
Director, School of Dental Hygiene
Academic Credentials:
•Postdoctoral Fellowship (BC Cancer)

•Ph.D. (Craniofacial Science) (UBC)

•B.D.Sc. (UBC)

Professional Appointments:
•Director and Assistant Professor, School of Dental Hygiene, Faculty of Dentistry, Dalhousie University
•Cross-appointed, Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine
•Scientist, Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute
•Scientific Affiliate, Department of Anatomical Pathology, QEII, Nova Scotia Health


“The erosion of Professional Satisfaction: Exploring the Toll of Burnout Syndrome in Dental Hygienists.” Dalhousie Faculty of Dentistry, Continuing Professional Dental Education. 09/2021.

“An update on COVID-19 among Canadian Dental Hygienists: interim results”. A presentation prepared for the Federation of Dental Hygiene Regulators of Canada. 06/2021.

“Evidence to support safe return to clinical practice by oral health professionals in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic: A report prepared for the Office of the Chief Dental Officer of Canada.” Webinar hosted the Canadian Public Health Association. 06/2021.

Dalhousie University – COVID-19 Oral Health Professional Survey Results”. College of Dental Hygienists of Nova Scotia Annual General Meeting. Halifax, NS. 05/2021.

“Novel microRNA discovery in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma.” Oral Presentation. IADR/AADR/CADR General Session and Exhibition; Vancouver, BC 06/2019.

“Biomarkers for Risk Prediction of Early Oral Premalignant Lesions – An Update.” Invited Oral Presentation. BC Cancer, Cancer Control Research Seminar; Vancouver, BC 12/2018.

“Oral cancer research: Dental hygienists are making a difference.” Invited Oral Presentation. UBC Faculty of Dentistry Dental Hygiene Alumni CE and Reception; Vancouver, BC 11/2017.

“Characterization of epithelial oral dysplasia in non-smokers: Working towards precision medicine.” Poster Presentation. American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting; Washington, DC 04/2017.

“Molecular and clinical features of low-grade dysplasia in never smokers.” Oral Presentation. IADR/AADR/CADR General Session and Exhibition; San Francisco, CA 03/2017.

“Molecular analysis and changes in toluidine blue over time – predicting malignant progression.” Invited Oral Presentation. UBC Faculty of Dentistry Research Day; Vancouver, BC. 01/2016.

“Can clinicopathological features of low-grade oral dysplasia with high-risk molecular patterns predict malignant progression?” Oral Presentation. CDHA National Conference, Victoria, BC. 10/2015.

“Toluidine Blue Stain Variation and Malignant Progression of Oral Dysplasia”. Poster Presentation. IADR/AADR/CADR General Session and Exhibition; Boston, MA. 03/2015.

Press Releases

Halifax Examiner. Feb 27, 2021. How safe is dentistry in the pandemic? Dalhousie researcher aims to find out.

Dal News. Jan 18, 2021. Faculty of Dentistry offers new part-time Bachelor of Dental Hygiene. This press release was picked up by several media sites including Oral Health Group, Dentistry Today, and Academia.ca

University of British Columbia Faculty of Dentistry
. Top CIHR scholarship cinched by PhD student.

University of British Columbia News. Mar 7, 2018. Non-smokers with oral precancerous lesions at increased risk of cancer. This press release was picked up by multiple media sites including the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Eurekalert! Cancer Therapy Advisor, Dental Review News, Oral Health Group, Specialty Pharmacy Times, UK Dentistry News, and Science and Technology News.