Dr. Leslie Leve
The Basic & Applied Prevention Science lab, under the direction of Dr. Leslie Leve, focuses on the translation of basic research to inform preventive interventions using a variety of developmental designs, such as a longitudinal parent-child adoption design,
randomized control trials, and sibling studies.
She has led research grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health’s Office of the Director, and Institute of Education Sciences that focus on developmental pathways and intervention outcomes to identify risk and protective factors for youth 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, as well as adoption studies that examine the interplay between biological (genetic, hormonal),
psychological, and social influences on development.
Her published work in the area of gene-environment interplay emphasizes the translation of basic research findings to help refine the selection of malleable environmental targets in the context of prevention and intervention studies. She is also interested in issues specific to adjustment and outcomes for girls and women. Major areas of study include parenting,
foster care, gene-environment interplay, and peer relationships.