Julia Rucklidge

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Professor Julia Rucklidge is a Canadian-born Clinical Psychologist who received her Bachelor of Science at McGill University in 1992. She went on to earn both her Masters of Science and PhD at University of Calgary between 1995 and 1998. Rucklidge’s PhD explored the psychological functioning of women identified in adulthood with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.[1]

Rucklidge emigrated to New Zealand in 2000 to take up a lecturer position at the University of Canterbury (Christchurch).[2] She continued to work in clinical roles in addition to academic work, at the Canterbury District Health Board and The Charity Hospital (Christchurch). Rucklidge was appointed the Director of the Clinical Training Programme (University of Canterbury) between 2001 to 2004 and again between 2014-2016.

Rucklidge’s original academic work focused on psychological and neurocognitive functioning in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in both children and adults. She published widely in the area and is cited over 1000 times for this work.[3]

Today, she is more widely known for her research in the area of mental health and nutrition, becoming interested in this area after she was approached by a Canadian family who were using nutrients to treat their children with Bipolar Disorder.[4]

Rucklidge is currently the director of the Mental Health and Nutrition Research Group (University of Canterbury). Work from this research group has explored the impact of nutritional interventions in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in children and adults, anxiety and stress following a series of earthquakes in adults and children, insomnia, premenstrual syndrome, depression, addictions and emotion dysregulation.[5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14] Ongoing work in the Mental Health and Nutrition Research Group includes trials to explore the impact of nutritional interventions on maternal mental wellbeing, infant development and anxiety and depression.[15][16]

In the media[edit]

Rucklidge connects with the New Zealand and global community and emphasises the importance of nutrition in mental health through her Facebook page, Twitter and blog ‘Mad in America’. She also actively engages in the media and has been featured in various New Zealand news articles and magazines. She has made a free educational series for the public in collaboration with Professor Bonnie Kaplan and in 2014 presented a TEDx talk which has had over 900,000 views.

Awards and professional achievements[edit]

In 2015, Rucklidge was the recipient of the Ballin Award, recognising significant contributions to the development and enhancement of clinical psychology in Aotearoa New Zealand. She was also named one of the most influential women in New Zealand in 2015 and 2018.[17] Rucklidge was awarded the Toronto French School Alumni of Distinction Award/Le prix de distinction des anciens élèves in 2017 and in 2018 she received a Braveheart Award recognising her courage, innovation and her effort to improve the lives of people in her community.[18]

Notable publications[edit]

  • Rucklidge, Julia J; Eggleston, Matthew J.F; Johnstone, Jeanette M; Darling, Kathryn; Frampton, Chris M (2018). "Vitamin-mineral treatment improves aggression and emotional regulation in children with ADHD: A fully blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled trial". Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 59 (3): 232–246. doi:10.1111/jcpp.12817. PMID 28967099.
  • Popper, Charles; Kaplan, Bonnie J.; Rucklidge, Julia J. (2017). "Single and broad-spectrum micronutrient treatments in psychiatric practice". In Gerbarg, Patricia L.; Muskin, Philip R.; Brown, Richard P. (eds.). Complementary and Integrative Treatments in Psychiatric Practice. pp. 75–101. ISBN 9781615370313.
  • Kaplan, Bonnie J; Rucklidge, Julia J; Romijn, Amy R; Dolph, Michael (2015). "A randomised trial of nutrient supplements to minimise psychological stress after a natural disaster". Psychiatry Research. 228 (3): 373–379. doi:10.1016/j.psychres.2015.05.080. PMID 26154816.
  • Rucklidge, Julia J; Frampton, Chris M; Gorman, Brigette; Boggis, Anna (2018). "Vitamin–mineral treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in adults: Double-blind randomised placebo-controlled trial". British Journal of Psychiatry. 204 (4): 306–315. doi:10.1192/bjp.bp.113.132126. PMID 24482441.
  • Sarris, Jerome; Logan, Alan C; Akbaraly, Tasnime N; Amminger, G Paul; Balanzá-Martínez, Vicent; Freeman, Marlene P; Hibbeln, Joseph; Matsuoka, Yutaka; Mischoulon, David; Mizoue, Tetsuya; Nanri, Akiko; Nishi, Daisuke; Ramsey, Drew; Rucklidge, Julia J; Sanchez-Villegas, Almudena; Scholey, Andrew; Su, Kuan-Pin; Jacka, Felice N; International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research (2015). "Nutritional medicine as mainstream in psychiatry". The Lancet Psychiatry. 2 (3): 271–274. doi:10.1016/S2215-0366(14)00051-0. PMID 26359904.
  • Rucklidge, Julia J; Tannock, Rosemary (2002). "Neuropsychological profiles of adolescents with ADHD: Effects of reading difficulties and gender". Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 43 (8): 988–1003. doi:10.1111/1469-7610.00227. hdl:10092/554.
  • Rucklidge, Julia J; Tannock, Rosemary (2001). "Psychiatric, Psychosocial, and Cognitive Functioning of Female Adolescents with ADHD" (PDF). Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. 40 (5): 530–540. doi:10.1097/00004583-200105000-00012. hdl:10092/6292. PMID 11349697.

General media articles[edit]

  • "Junk food is causing an 'epidemic of mental illness' due to a lack of vitamins and minerals in our diet, expert warns"[19]
  • "Are micronutrients the answer to NZ's mental health crisis?"[20]
  • "Julia Rucklidge: Natural Health Bill a bitter pill for nutrient sector"[21]
  • "Food for thought: can nutrients nurture better mental health?"[22]
  • "Supplements benefit mental health, With Julia Rucklidge"[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rucklidge, J.J; Kaplan, B.J (2016). "Psychological functioning of women identified in adulthood with Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder". Journal of Attention Disorders. 2 (3): 167–176. doi:10.1177/108705479700200303.
  2. ^ "Research Profile : Professor Julia Jane Rucklidge". Researchprofile.canterbury.ac.nz. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Julia Rucklidge - Google Scholar Citations". Scholar.google.co.nz. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  4. ^ "A Promise of Hope". Goodreads.com. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  5. ^ Rucklidge, Julia J; Eggleston, Matthew J.F; Johnstone, Jeanette M; Darling, Kathryn; Frampton, Chris M (2018). "Vitamin-mineral treatment improves aggression and emotional regulation in children with ADHD: A fully blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled trial". Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 59 (3): 232–246. doi:10.1111/jcpp.12817. PMID 28967099.
  6. ^ Kimball, Samantha; Mirhosseini, Naghmeh; Rucklidge, Julia (2018). "Database Analysis of Depression and Anxiety in a Community Sample—Response to a Micronutrient Intervention". Nutrients. 10 (2): 152. doi:10.3390/nu10020152. PMC 5852728. PMID 29385721.
  7. ^ Romijn, Amy R; Rucklidge, Julia J; Kuijer, Roeline G; Frampton, Chris (2017). "A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial of Lactobacillus helveticus and Bifidobacterium longum for the symptoms of depression". Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. 51 (8): 810–821. doi:10.1177/0004867416686694. PMC 5518919. PMID 28068788.
  8. ^ Sole, Ellen J; Rucklidge, Julia J; Blampied, Neville M (2017). "Anxiety and Stress in Children Following an Earthquake: Clinically Beneficial Effects of Treatment with Micronutrients". Journal of Child and Family Studies. 26 (5): 1422–1431. doi:10.1007/s10826-016-0607-2.
  9. ^ Rucklidge, Julia J; Frampton, Chris M; Gorman, Brigette; Boggis, Anna (2016). "Vitamin–Mineral Treatment of ADHD in Adults". Journal of Attention Disorders. 21 (6): 522–532. doi:10.1177/1087054714530557. PMID 24804687.
  10. ^ Lothian, Joanna; Blampied, Neville M; Rucklidge, Julia J (2016). "Effect of Micronutrients on Insomnia in Adults". Clinical Psychological Science. 4 (6): 1112–1124. doi:10.1177/2167702616631740.
  11. ^ Rucklidge, Julia J; Andridge, Rebecca; Gorman, Brigette; Blampied, Neville; Gordon, Heather; Boggis, Anna (2012). "Shaken but unstirred? Effects of micronutrients on stress and trauma after an earthquake: RCT evidence comparing formulas and doses". Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental. 27 (5): 440–454. doi:10.1002/hup.2246. PMID 22782571.
  12. ^ Rucklidge, Julia; Johnstone, Jeanette; Harrison, Rachel; Boggis, Anna (2011). "Micronutrients reduce stress and anxiety in adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder following a 7.1 earthquake". Psychiatry Research. 189 (2): 281–287. doi:10.1016/j.psychres.2011.06.016. PMID 21802745.
  13. ^ Julia J. Rucklidge; Neville M. Blampied. "Post-Earthquake Psychological Functioning in Adults with AttentionDeficit / Hyperactivity Disorder: Positive Effects of Micronutrients on Resilience" (PDF). Wethinkhappy.com. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  14. ^ Rucklidge, Julia J; Harrison, Rachel; Johnstone, Jeanette (2011). "Can Micronutrients Improve Neurocognitive Functioning in Adults with ADHD and Severe Mood Dysregulation? A Pilot Study". The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 17 (12): 1125–1131. doi:10.1089/acm.2010.0499. PMID 22112202.
  15. ^ "Mental Health and Nutrition Research Group - Research - Psychology - College of Science - University of Canterbury". The University of Canterbury. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  16. ^ Blampied, Meredith; Bell, Caroline; Gilbert, Claire; Boden, Joseph; Nicholls, Rebecca; Rucklidge, Julia (2018). "Study Protocol for a Randomized Double Blind, Placebo Controlled Trial Exploring the Effectiveness of a Micronutrient Formula in Improving Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression". Medicines. 5 (2): 56. doi:10.3390/medicines5020056. PMC 6023275.
  17. ^ https://www.westpac.co.nz/who-we-are/sustainability-and-community/contributing-to-our-communities/inspiring-leadership/women-of-influence/[full citation needed]
  18. ^ https://blogs.canterbury.ac.nz/intercom/2018/02/13/congratulations-julia-rucklidge-braveheart-award/[full citation needed]
  19. ^ "Could eating junk food make us CRAZY?". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  20. ^ "Are micronutrients the answer to NZ's mental health crisis?". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  21. ^ Rucklidge, Julia (21 June 2016). "Julia Rucklidge: Natural Health Bill a bitter pill for nutrient sector". The New Zealand Herald.
  22. ^ "Food for thought: can nutrients nurture better mental health? - Nursing Review..." Nursingreview.co.nz. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  23. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 August 2018. Retrieved 23 August 2018.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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