Department: Division of Epidemiology
Leslie is originally from the Virginia Beach area, and comes to Richmond via a nearly 20 year detour in Los Angeles County. There she earned her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Communications from California State University, Bakersfield. She then focused on working, raising her son, and having incredible experiences while she tried to figure out what she wanted to be when she grew up. She has been working full-time at VCU in 2009. She enjoyed over 9 years working with brilliant and committed clinician-educators and researchers in Internal Medicine before joining the Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research team in February of this year. After 10 years at VCU, she has built an eclectic collection of educational, professional, and personal experiences.
She is completing her M.P.H. degree part-time and continuing to work full-time for VCU. Outside of VCU she has certifications in integrative health, health coaching, nutritional therapy, and brain health coaching as well as a passion for teaching people about food and health. She is working on a project with a colleague here at VCU, focused on food literacy and designed to bridge the gap between physician dietary recommendations and patient compliance.