University Of Canterbury Julia Rucklidge

Professor Julia Rucklidge is a Canadian-born clinical psychologist who is the director of the Mental Health and Nutrition Research Group at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Her research has centered on mental health and nutrition.


  • Bachelor of Science (McGill University)
  • Master of Science (University of Calgary)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (University of Calgary)

Research Interests

Research interests are centred on the role of nutrition in the expression and treatment of mental illness, from ADHD to depression to stress following natural disasters. Research methodologies include single case research designs, open label trials and randomized controlled trials.

  • Nutritional interventions
  • Child and adolescent clinical psychology
  • ADHD
  • Clinical psychology
  • Mood Disorders

Recent Publications

  • Barczyk ZA., Rucklidge JJ., Eggleston M. and Mulder RT. (2020) Psychotropic Medication Prescription Rates and Trends for New Zealand Children and Adolescents 2008-2016. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology 30(2): 87-96.
  • Blampied M., Bell C., Gilbert C. and Rucklidge JJ. (2020) Broad spectrum micronutrient formulas for the treatment of symptoms of depression, stress, and/or anxiety: a systematic review. Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics 20(4): 351-371.
  • Blampied NM., Mulder RT., Afzali MU., Bhattacharya O., Blampied MF. and Rucklidge JJ. (2020) Disasters, policies and micronutrients: the intersect among ethics, evidence and effective action. The New Zealand medical journal 133(1508): 8-11.
  • Perham JC., Shaikh NI., Lee A., Darling KA. and Rucklidge JJ. (2020) Toward ‘element balance’ in ADHD: an exploratory case control study employing hair analysis. Nutritional Neuroscience
  • Retallick-Brown H., Blampied N. and Rucklidge JJ. (2020) A Pilot Randomized Treatment-Controlled Trial Comparing Vitamin B6 with Broad-Spectrum Micronutrients for Premenstrual Syndrome. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 26(2): 88-97.

Mental Health and Nutrition Research Group