Leigh Leslie
Professor Emerita, Family Science
Director of the Couple and Family Therapy Program
Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health | Room: 1142V,School of Public Health

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Contact via email to set up a time unless otherwise listed in Course Syllabus.

CV / Resume
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Education and Training

Ph.D., Individual and Family Science, The Pennsylvania State University, 1982

  • FMSC 330 Family Theories and Patterns
  • FMSC 430 Gender Issues in Families
  • FMSC 640 Family Therapy: Theories and Techniques
  • FMSC 745 Gender and Ethnicity in Family Therapy and Service Delivery
  • FMSC 651 Clinical Methods and Consultation in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • FMSC 658 Supervised Clinical Practice of Marriage and Family Therapy
Honors and Awards

• Published six chapters and over 30 refereed articles in journals such as Journal of Marriage and the Family, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, and Journal of Family Psychology.

• Program Chair, "Families and Health," Annual Conference of the National Council on Family Relations (2012).

• Co-editor of Gender, Families, and Close Relationships (1994). • Associate Editor, Personal Relationships (1997-2002).

• Member of editorial boards of five family journals, including Journal of Marriage and Family, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, and Family Relations.

• Fellow, National Council on Family Relations (2004).

• Outstanding Teacher in School of Public Health (2001).

• Outstanding Teacher Award from the Campus Panhellenic Association (1990).

• Recipient of University of Maryland Summer Curriculum Transformation Project for Feminist Studies Fellowship (1989).

•Adjunct Faculty Member, Women's Studies Department, University of Maryland College Park.

• Section Chair, Feminism and Family Science, National Council on Family Relations.

• Board of Directors, National Council on Family Relations.

• Principal investigator of grant from Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues grant, Marital Quality of Interracial Couples.

• Principal Investigator of grant from the September 11 Casey Fund of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, Providing Psychoeducational Services to a School Community Affected by September 11th.


Allen, S.H. & Leslie, L.A. (in press). Considering the role of nativity in the health and psychological well-being of Black LGBT adults. Journal of Homosexuality.

Hrapczynski, K., & Leslie, L.A. (in press). Predicting White Parents' Engagement in Racial Socialization in Transracial Adoptive Families. Family Relations.

Messman, J.B., & Leslie, L.A. (in press). Transgender college students: Academic resilience and striving to cope in the face of health challenges. Journal of American College Health

Leslie, L. A. Hrapczynski, K. & Young, J. (in press) Biracial families formed through adoption. In Roy, R., & Rollins. A. (Eds.) Biracial families: Crossing boundaries, blending cultures, and challenging racial ideologies. Springer.

Leslie, L. A. & Koblinsky, S. A. (2017). Returning to civilian life: Family reintegration challenges and resilience of women veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Journal of Family Social Work, 20, 106-123.

Koblinsky, Schoeder, & Leslie (2016). “Give us respect, support and understanding”: Women veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan recommend Strategies for improving their mental health care. Social Work in Mental Health. On-line publication http://dx.doi.org.proxyum.researchport.umd.edu/10.1080/15332985.2016.118...

Csizmadia, A., Leslie, L.A. & Nazarian, R. (2015). Understanding and treating interracial families. In S. Browning and K. Pasley (Eds). Contemporary Families: Translating Research into Practice (88-107). New York: Routledge.

Leslie, L. A. (2015). Therapy with interracial families. . In S. Browning and K. Pasley (Eds). Contemporary Families: Translating Research into Practice (108-125). New York: Routledge.

Koblinsky, S. A., Hrapczynski, K., & Leslie, L. A. (2015). Treating veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan: A state needs assessment of civilian physicians in internal and family medicine. Journal of General Practice, 3, 1-8. http://esciencecentral.org/journals/treating-veterans-of-iraq-and-afghan...

Leslie, L. A., & Cook, E. (2015). Maternal trauma and adolescent depression: Is parenting style a moderator? Psychology, 6, 681-688. http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/psych.2015.66066

Leslie, L. A., & Sollie, D. (2015). So Is self-doubt good for us or bad for us? Reflections on “Feeling like feminist frauds”. Journal of Family Theory & Review, 7, 321-323.

Leslie, L.A., & Young, J. (2015). Interracial couples in therapy: Common themes and Issues. Journal of Social Issues, 71, 788-803.

Koblinsky, S. A., Leslie, L. A., & Cook, E. T. (2014). Treating behavioral health condition of OEF/OIF veterans and their families: A state needs assessment of civilian providers. Military Behavioral Health, 2, 1-11.

Kuvalanka, K., & Leslie, L. A. (2014) Coping with heterosexism: Young adults with lesbian mothers reflect on their adolescence. Journal of Adolescent Research, 29, 241-270.

Leslie, L.A., Smith, J., Hrapczynski, K. & Riley, D (2013). Racial Socialization in Transracial Adoptive Families: Does it Help Adolescents Deal with Discrimination Stress? Family Relations, 62, 72-81.