Leslie Leve, College of Education

Leslie Leve, Alumni Faculty Professor of Education

Academic Areas:
Adoption, Foster Care, Child Abuse, Interventions, Juvenile Justice System, Teen Girls

Leslie Leve is an academic expert in adoption, foster care, child abuse, interventions and outcomes for youth in the juvenile justice system, child development and teen girls. At the University of Oregon, Leslie is a professor in the Counseling Psychology and Human Services Department and the associate director for the Prevention Science Institute. She is currently working on a study about the genetic and peer influences on child development by studying adopted children and their biological and adoptive families. She can also speak to the problem of child sex trafficking, “re-homing” of adopted children, and anything related to foster children and maltreatment.

Contact: leve@uoregon.edu | 541-346-9601


Recent Media:
Prof awarded more than $12 million to study children's health (Around the O, Oct. 2, 2018)
More effort needs to be on drug prevention, not cure (The Hill, Feb. 11, 2018)
The connections between spanking and aggression (The New York Times, June 27, 2016)
ANOTHER reason for stressed parents to fear the 'terrible twos': A screaming toddler could be on their way to a life of crime (Daily Mail, April 10, 2016)
Adopted preschoolers show more empathy when parents are affectionate (Health Canal, Sept. 30, 2015)
VIDEO: Nature, nurture and childhood obesity (The Register-Guard, Aug. 27, 2014)
Maternal smoking during pregnancy linked to children’s behavior problems, NIH funded study shows (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, July 31, 2013)
When adoptees know their biological mother (National Public Radio, Aug. 18, 2008)