Leslie Leve

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  • Title: Professor
  • Additional Title: Alumni Faculty Professor of Education
  • Phone: 541-346-9528
  • Office: 368 HEDCO Education Bldg
  • Curriculum Vitae


Professor Leve is a “double duck,” receiving her masters and doctorate at the University of Oregon in the ‘90s in the College of Arts and Sciences, and returning to the university in 2013 as a professor in the College of Education.

Professor Leve is best known for her research on child and adolescent development, gene-environment interplay, and interventions for children and families. This includes preventive intervention studies with youth in foster care and with adolescents in the juvenile justice system, and adoption studies that examine the interplay between biological, psychological, and social influences on development.  She co-directs a Center on parenting in the context of opioid use. Her work also focuses on outcomes for girls and women. To date, she has published more than 175 scientific articles and 20 book chapters, among other publications. Her research has been funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health and U.S. Department of Education.

Professor Leve serves as the Associate Director for the Prevention Science Institute and Program Director for Prevention Science. In addition to her faculty role, Professor Leve is an Associate Vice President. Professor Leve typically takes one new doctoral student, three masters students, and three undergraduate students each year.


Ph.D., 1995, University of Oregon
Major: Developmental Psychology
Advisor: Beverly Fagot, Ph.D.
M.S., 1991, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
Major: Psychology
B.A., 1990, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA
Major: Psychology

Honors and Awards

2017 Fund for Faculty Excellence Award, University of Oregon

2017 Alumni Faculty Professor, College of Education, University of Oregon

2011 Prevention Science Award, Society for Prevention Research


Leve, L. D., Neiderhiser, J. M., Harold, G. T., Natsuaki, M. N., Bohannan, B. J. M, & Cresko, W. A. (2018). Naturalistic experimental designs as tools for understanding the role of genes and the environment in prevention research. Prevention Science, 19(1), 68–78. doi: 10.1007/s11121-017-0746-8 PMC: 5511771

Harold, G. T., Leve, L. D., & Sellers, R. (2017). How can genetically informed research help inform the next generation of interparental and parenting interventions? Child Development, 88(2), 446–458. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12742 PMC: 5567989

Tang, Y. Y., & Leve, L. D. (2016). A translational neuroscience perspective on mindfulness meditation as a prevention strategy. Translational Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy and Research, 6, 63–72. doi: 10.1007/s13142-015-0360-x. PMC: 4807201

Leve, L. D., Chamberlain, P., & Kim, H. K. (2015). Risks, outcomes, and evidence-based interventions for girls in the U. S. juvenile justice system. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 18(3), 252–279. doi: 10.1007/s10567-015-0186-6. PMC: 4536111

Leve, L., Van Ryzin, M., & Chamberlain, P. (2015). Sexual risk behavior and STI contraction among young women with prior juvenile justice involvement. Journal of HIV/AIDS & social services, 14(2), 171-187. doi: 10.1080/15381501.2014.912171. PMC: 4482469

Leve, L. D., Neiderhiser, J. M., Shaw, D. S., Ganiban, J., Natsuaki, M. N., & Reiss, D. (2013). The Early Growth and Development Study: A prospective adoption study from birth through middle childhood. Twin Research and Human Genetics, 16(1), 412-423.  PMC: 3572752

Leve, L. D., Harold, G. T., Chamberlain, P., Landsverk, J. A., Fisher, P. A., & Vostanis, P. (2012). Practitioner review: Children in foster care: Vulnerabilities and evidence-based interventions that promote resilience processes. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 53, 1197–1211. PMC: 3505234


Professor Leve is currently focusing her research on: (1) promoting healthy outcomes for women with substance use histories; and (2) utilizing genetic data to refine the understanding of how the family environment can promote healthy outcomes for children and adolescents. She collaborates with local, national, and international colleagues to conduct this research, including colleagues at the University of Oregon (Drs. Beth Stormshak, Bill Cresko, Brendan Bohannan), and external colleagues at Penn State (Dr. Jenae Neiderhiser), George Washington University (Dr. Jody Ganiban), the University of California, Riverside (Dr. Misaki Natsuaki), and the University of Sussex (Dr. Gordon Harold), as well as numerous students and postdocs.