NCFR Recognizes Leigh Leslie for Outstanding Mentorship


Leigh A. Leslie

The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) is proud to recognize Leigh A. Leslie as the 2017 recipient of the  Kathleen Briggs Outstanding Mentor Award, which recognizes an outstanding mentor of students and new professionals in the area of marriage and family therapy.

Dr. Leslie is an associate professor in the Department of Family Science in the School of Public Health at University of Maryland. She teaches courses in gender and ethnicity issues in service delivery, feminist family therapy, and assessment and diagnosis. She holds a Ph.D. in human development and family studies from Pennsylvania State University, with a pre-doctoral internship in clinical-community psychology from Yale University, School of Medicine. She is the author of numerous book chapters and over 30 journal articles focusing of topics related to feminist therapy, minority families, and gender issues in families. She has conducted numerous evaluations of psychoeducational programs in areas such as couples communication, parent education, and promoting emotional resiliency in children.

Dr. Leslie will be recognized for her achievements at the 2017 NCFR Annual Conference, Nov. 15-18 in Orlando, Florida.

This award is given in honor of Kathleen Briggs, a long-time Family Therapy (FT) Section member and leader. She was committed to mentoring marriage and family therapy graduate students and new professionals. Dr. Briggs was well-known and respected for her leadership, insight, optimism, enthusiasm, and mentoring.

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