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Hua Li RN, BSN, MPH, PHD Assistant Professor

E4248 Health Sciences, Saskatoon


Dr. Hua Li has worked as a Registered Nurse (RN) in mental health and addiction services since 2008. Currently, Hua is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan. Working with patients with mental health and addiction conditions have inspired Hua to pursue her interests in mental health research and teaching

Research Interests

Mental health and well-being in
  • Patients with mental health and addiction conditions
  • Caregivers of patients with mental health and addiction conditions
  • Child and youth
  • Pregnant and postpartum women


  • Quantitative
  • Mixed methods


Li, H., Glecia, A., Arisman, K., Peternelj-Taylor, C., Holtslander, L., & Leidl, D. (2021). Mental Health and Addiction Related Emergency Department Visits: A Systematic Review of Qualitative Studies. Community Mental Health Journal, 1-25. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10597-021-00854-1

Li, H., Glecia, A., Kent-Wilkinson, A., Leidl, D., Kleib, M., & Risling, T. (2021). Transition of Mental Health Service Delivery to Telepsychiatry in Response to COVID-19: A Literature Review. Psychiatric Quarterly, 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11126-021-09926-7

Li, H., Glecia, A., & Balbuena, L. (2021). Confirmatory factor analysis of Affective Lability Scale-18 in a community sample of pregnant and postpartum women. Women’s reproductive health, 8 (04). In press.

Peters, E. M., Lodhi, R. J., Zhang, Y., Li, H., & Balbuena, L. (2021). Lamotrigine for acute bipolar depression: An exploratory itemlevel analysis. Brain and Behavior. https://doi.org/10.1002/brb3.2222

Peters, E. M., Zhang, Y., Lodhi, R., Li, H., & Balbuena, L. (2021). Melancholic Features in Bipolar

Depression and Response to Lamotrigine: A Pooled Analysis of Five Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trials. Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, 41(3), 315-319. https://doi.org/10.1097/JCP.0000000000001393

Li, H., Bowen, A., Bowen, R., Balbuena, L., Feng, C., Bally, J., & Muhajarine, N. (2020). Mood instability during pregnancy and postpartum: a systematic review. Archives of Women's Mental Health, 23(1), 29-41. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00737-019-00956-6

Li, H., Bowen, A., Bowen, R., Feng, C., Muhajarine, N., & Balbuena, L. (2020). Mood instability across the perinatal period: A cross-sectional and longitudinal study. Journal of Affective Disorders, 264, 15-23. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2019.11.159

Li, H., Bowen, A., Bowen, R., Balbuena, L., Baetz, M., Feng, C., Muhajarine, N., & Bally, J. (2018). Preliminary study: Factor structure and psychometric properties of Affective Lability Scale-18 in pregnant and postpartum women. Journal of Affective Disorders, 245, 312. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2018.11.066

Li, H., Bowen, A., Szafron, M., Moraros, J., & Muhajarine, N. (2016). Maternal mental health: a shared care approach. Primary health care research & development, 17(2), 175-183. https://doi.org/10.1017/S146342361500033X



Hua Li (PI), Lorraine Holtslander, Katherine Genest, Doug Harder, Meena Thakurdeen, Don Leidl, Adam Buchko, Rohit Lodhi, Shelley Peacock, Heidi Fischer, Karyn Kawula (Co-Applicants); Dan Shervan with Schizophrenia Society of Saskatchewan, Zoe Teed McKay with Mental Health and Addiction Services SHA (Collaborators) (October 2020 – September 2023). Addressing Mental Health and Addiction Related Emergency Department Visits in Saskatoon. Establishment Grant 2020, Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation $119,872 (CAD).

Li, Hua (PI) & Lorraine Holtslander Co-PI. Andrea Ingrouille (Co-Applicant), Andrea Garvie (Co-Applicant) Saskatchewan Health Authority /CMHS/, Meena Thakurdeen (Co-Applicant) University of Saskatchewan /Saskatchewan Health Authority/, Zoe Teed McKay (Co-Applicant) Saskatchewan Health Authority /Mental Health and Addictions Services/College of Medicine/psychiatry (May 2020 – April 2022). Supporting Caregivers of Children and Adolescents with Mental Health and Addiction Disorders, Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation Research Grant, $105,600 (CAD).

Leidl, Donald (PI) & Jay Wilson, Hua Li, Ryan Banow (March 2020 - February 2021). Integrating Virtual Reality into Clinical Education, $45,740 (CAD). Collaborative Innovation Development Grant, Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation.

Leidl, Donald (PI) & Jay Wilson, Hua Li, Ryan Banow, Mike Wesolowski (April 2021 – March 2022). Using VR in mental health and addiction – A virtual code white learning scenario. $20,000 (CAD). RUH Foundation.


Li, Hua (PI), Lloyd Balbuena, and Cheryl Besse (July 2019 - June 2020). Psychometric Properties of the Affective Liability Scale -18 in Pregnancy and Postpartum Women, $9,875 (CAD). CIHR Seeds Grant, College of Nursing University of Saskatchewan.

Li, Hua (PI) (May 2019 - November 2019). How to Reduce Mental Health Related Emergency Department Visits in Saskatoon Area, $2,312 (CAD). Patient Engagement Application Development Award, Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research.

Li, Hua (PI) (November 2018 - November 2023). Faculty Recruitment and Retention, $30,000 (CAD). Faculty Recruitment and Retention Program, Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty Relations, University of Saskatchewan.