Local Research Scientist Honored with International Prevention Science Award

June 2, 2011

Contact: Leslie Leve (lesliel@oslc.org) or Debbie Wetherald (debbiew@oslc.org); 541-485-2711

Eugene, OR– Oregon Social Learning Center (OSLC) is pleased to announce that our Science Director, Leslie Leve, Ph.D. is the 2011 recipient of the Prevention Science Award given to her by the Society for Prevention Research (SPR).  She was selected for her outstanding contributions to advancing the field of prevention science.  The award will be given at the annual SPR Conference this week in Washington, D.C. and is awarded annually to an individual or team of individuals for outstanding work in developing and testing prevention strategies.

The Society for Prevention Research, in its 20th year, is a multi-disciplinary, international membership of scientists, practitioners, advocates, administrators, and policy makers working to enhance dissemination of prevention research to promote health and well-being globally.

Dr. Leve is interested in the origins of child adjustment and mental health problems, with a focus on understanding family influences on child and adolescent development using a combination of intervention studies aimed at testing prevention effects, and adoption studies aimed at examining the interplay between genetic and family environmental influences on child well being.

Leve currently directs the Early Growth and Development Study-Phase I project, a prospective adoption study of birth parents and adoptive families that aims to understand the interplay between family and inherited contributions to child development. She also directs a long term follow-up study of women who were involved in the juvenile justice system as adolescents, and has been a lead researcher on several other grants funded by the National Institutes of Health that include the development of interventions for families with child welfare involvement.