Cherry Leung, PhD, RN


  • Assistant Professor of Community Health Systems, UCSF


  • PhD in epidemiology, University of Hong Kong
  • Postdoctoral fellowship in nursing with a specialization in adolescent mental health, UCSF

Research focus

Dr. Leung conducts research on the adolescent gut microbiome and its association with depressive symptoms, as well as a focus on pro-inflammatory cytokines as the mediator of the gut-brain axis. In addition, she is involved with a study examining the effect of maternal depression (including stress hormones and inflammatory markers) on the infant’s gut microbiome.

Clinical focus

Adolescent depression

Teaching focus

Comorbid psychological and neurological symptoms; cognitive behavior theory/therapy