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, drug use, interventions and outcomes for youth involved 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 genetic, family, and peer influences on child development by studying adopted children and their biological and adoptive families. She also co-directs a center on parenting and opioids, and leads projects focused on COVID-19 testing. She can also speak to child and adolescent development, and anything related to foster children and maltreatment.

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


Recent Media:
Childhood intervention strategies topic of Knight Campus talk (Around the O, March 22, 2021)
Door-to-door sampling by UO and OSU suggests 5 in 1,000 Eugene residents have COVID-19 (KVAL-TV, Nov. 20, 2020)
New grant will expand COVID-19 testing in Latinx communities (Around the O, Oct. 21, 2020)
UO in phase 2 of developing less invasive COVID-19 test (The Register-Guard, July 15, 2020)
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)