Professional Parent Associates

Professional Parent Associates

Dr. Michelle Leslie

Michelle Leslie (Ph.D., Long Island University-Brooklyn, 2011; M.S., Yale University, 2002) is both a Clinical & School Psychologist currently residing in NYC where she has lived for the past 10 years.

Dr. Leslie has been awarded a Western Psychological Research Award and has authored or co-authored more than 21 publications and presentations across North America on the topics of parent training, emerging adulthood, postpartum depression, parental monitoring, substance abuse, child maltreatment, coping strategies, adolescent suicidality, bullying, behavior management techniques, and effective communication. In her work with clients, she continues to focus on these areas.

For the past seven years, her work has involved positions with the New York State Office of Mental Health, the Disruptive Behavior Disorder’s Clinic and Children’s Depression & Anxiety Clinic within Columbia NY-Presbyterian Hospital, and NYU’s Counseling and Behavioral Center. During her internship year, she received formal training on an acute psychiatric inpatient unit and as part of a mobile crisis team. Prior to graduating, she earned a second specialization as a School Psychologist and has additional training as an Imago Couple’s Counselor.

She was awarded an honorable position as a Fernald Child Study Intern and worked at the renowned Lovas Institute for Early Intervention. Her interest in substance abuse prevention led to her involvement with a National Institute for Drug Abuse funded project headed by one of the most sited psychologists in the field. There she co-authored several articles now published in major peer-reviewed journal articles that involve studies pertaining to the well being of parents and youth.

A California native, she graduated from UCLA Summa Cum Laude and with Departmental Highest Honors in Psychology (1999). Her undergraduate work focused on several projects including the UCLA Study of Clinic-Based Child Mental Health Care, the University Elementary School Project evaluating the efficacy of a newly established anti-harassment/bullying policy, and a National Institute of Mental Health funded project examining mother-adolescent conversations about dating, sexuality, and issues of conflict.

After earning her MS degree from Yale, Dr. Leslie relocated to NYC where she accepted a position at YAI/National Institute for People with Disabilities, an award winning agency. There she led parenting groups and developed in-home interventions for families that she observed in the home for several weeks prior to providing behavioral interventions. In 2004, she accepted a position in the doctoral program at Long Island University where she pursued more intensive work with college students and adults while still continuing her work with parents and youth.

In 2002, she began collaborating with leading psychologists at the Yale Child Study Center and Yale Psychological Services Clinic while developing her expertise in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Behavioral Interventions, and Parent Management Training.