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Dr. Leah D Garner-O’Neale

Dr. Leah D Garner-O’Neale

Deputy Dean (Outreach & Graduate Research) - Faculty of Science and Technology

Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry


Dr. Leah D. Garner-O’Neale holds a PhD. in Chemistry from the University of The West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus (2003). Her initial work was in Theoretical Chemistry and the thesis was entitled “A Revised Lewis-Langmuir Atomic Charge Equation: A Quick Calculation of Atomic Charges and Some Applications". Current Research Interests: Science Education, Environmental Chemistry.

Leah believes that Science is integral in developing an enlightened citizen and productive economy. She is immensely passionate about teaching Science and believes it is a major part of her purpose. This passion drives her enthusiasm for science education. Her research in this area focuses on the factors that influence the teaching and learning of Chemistry/Science from early childhood to the university level.

Dr. Garner-O’Neale was the recipient of the R. L. Seale Prize in Chemistry in 1998 and the Principal’s Award for Excellence in the category of Outstanding Teaching in 2013.


  • PhD. (Chemistry), UWI, 2003
  • Postgraduate Certificate in University Teaching & Learning, UWI, 2011
  • Advanced Postgraduate Certificate in Education Leadership, Leicester (Distance), 2006
  • BSc. (Chemistry & Mathematics), UWI, 1998

Research Areas

I am interested in the factors that influence how teachers teach Science and how students learn Science (Chemistry), such as learning styles, study habits, attitudes, diversity, alternative assessment practices and instructional strategies.

Main Research Projects:
  • Enhancing Teacher Readiness for the STEM Education – This project includes a survey of primary school teachers on Teacher Preparedness for Teaching Science in Primary Schools, and is also aimed at providing training for Barbadian primary school teachers that have little or no formal education in Science. Funded by HRD Strategy, The Ministry of Labour.
  • The Academic Experiences of Adults with Dyslexia in Tertiary Institutions – This is an international collaboration inclusive of colleagues from Boston University (formerly Wheelock College), Bridgewater State University and the Education Research Consortium in Barbados. It looks at the prior and current challenges and successes of students with dyslexia in academic institutions.
  • Building the Foundations of Science in Barbados – This project looks at the perception of early childhood educators towards science, as well as the instruction strategies used to expose early learners to science with the aim of building a stronger foundation of science in Barbados.

Teaching Areas

  • CHEM1130 – Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM1125 – Introduction to Experimental Chemistry
  • CHEM2700 – Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM2513 – Fundamental of Teaching Chemistry
  • CHEM3167 – Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM3635 – Biological Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM3990 – Professional Placement for Chemists
  • CHEM3950 – Basic Project in Chemistry
  • CHEM3955 – Research Project in Chemistry
  • FOUN1210 – Science Medicine & Technology in Society
  • FPAS6000 – Scientific Literature Review


  • Edwards, Q. A.; Sultana, T;  Kulikov, K. M.; Garner-O’Neale, L. D.; Yargeau, V.; Metcalfe. C. D. Contaminants of Emerging Concern in Wastewaters in Barbados, West Indies. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology (2018)
  • Edwards, Q. A.; Kulikov, K. M.; Garner-O’Neale, L. D.; Metcalfe. C. D.; Sultana, T. Contaminants of Emerging Concern in Surface Waters in Barbados, West Indies. Environ. Monit. Assess. 2017. 189: 636.
  • Leah Garner-O'Neale & Akieya Cumberbatch, "Attitudes of Chemistry Undergraduate Students towards Mathematics at the UWI, Cave Hill Campus, Caribbean Educational Research Journal, Vol 3, No. 2, September 2015, 33-45.
  • L. D. Garner, T. L. Meek and B. G. Patrick, “The Phantom Atom Approach: An extension of the revised Lewis-Langmuir atomic charge equation to the treatment of anions” in the Journal of Molecular Structure (Theochem), 2009, 916, 91.
  • T. L. Meek and L. D. Garner, “Electronegativity and the Bond Triangle” in the Journal of Chemical Education, 2005, 82, 325.

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