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Leslie Leve

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Office Location: 
368 HEDCO Education Building
(541) 346-9601
PhD, University of Oregon, 1995
MS, University of Oregon, 1991
BA, University of California - Santa Cruz, 1990
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Leslie Leve's research and teaching interests are focused on child and adolescent development and preventive interventions. She leads federal research grants that focus on developmental pathways and intervention outcomes for children and families. This includes preventive intervention studies with youth in foster care and with adolescents in the juvenile justice system aimed at preventing risk behaviors and improving public health outcomes, and adoption studies that examine the interplay between biological (genetic, hormonal), psychological, and social influences on development.  Her work also focuses on outcomes for girls and women. She serves as the Associate Director for the Prevention Science Institute, Associate Director for the Prevention Science graduate programs, and Associate Vice President for Research in the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation.

Dr. Leve will accept up to one doctoral student for Fall 2019 enrollment. Prospective students with strong research and methodological skills are encouraged to apply. Dr. Leve also advises Masters students.


I have authored or co-authored more than 140 publications in the area of prevention and child development. See vita for details.


My research focuses on adoption, foster care, gender, and interventions, supported by an active federally-funded grant research program. See vita for more details.