Degree: Clinical Psychology, Indiana State University
Research Interests/Specialties: Mindfulness, obesity and weight loss, and Diabetes-Type II adherence. Specialization in Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine with an emphasis in primary care and chronic disease management.
Joined ISU: August, 2011
Dr. Leigh earned a B.A. in Psychology, with Distinction, from the University of Washington (UW); graduating Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 2004. While at the University of Washington she worked with G. Alan Marlatt, Ph.D., in the Addictive Behaviors Research Center (ABRC). Dr. Leigh assisted the ABRC team in the development of a NIDA funded R21 that explored the efficacy of a mindfulness-based approach to drug/alcohol relapse prevention (Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention; MBRP). After graduating, she worked as a Research Coordinator with Clayton Neighbors, Ph.D., int he UW Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences working on a NIAAA R01 (Social Norms and Alcohol Prevention; SNAP).
Dr. Leigh earned her M.S. in Psychology in 2007 and her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2010 from Indiana State University (ISu). As a student at ISU, Dr. Leigh worked with Jean Kristeller, Ph.D., on a NCCAM funded study examining the efficacy of a mindfulness-based intervention for weight loss (MB-EAT). She completed her one-year internship in 2010 in Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine at Louis Stokes Cleveland DVAMC. Dr. Leigh completed her postdoctoral fellowship in 2011 as the Primary Care fellow at Louis Stokes Cleveland DVAMC.
Dr. Leigh's primary research interests are in the areas of mindfulness techniques and relatedness to psychological indices/behaviors, obesity and weight loss, and Diabetes-Type II adherence issues.
Dr. Leigh teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Health Psychology and related topics. Her primary clinical interest is in adjustment to chronic medical conditions (with an emphasis on DM-II), adherence, weight loss/obesity, and smoking cessation. Dr. Leigh has specialized training in primary care/behavioral medicine, which includes working with a geriatric population, conducting bariatric pre-surgical psychological evaluations, and assessments of cognitive functioning/capacity evaluations.
Leigh, J., & Anderson, V. (2009, May). Self-Determined Mindfulness and Attachment Style in College Students. Poster presented at the annual conference of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
Leigh, J., & Neighbors, C. (2009). Enhancement motives mediate the positive association between min/body awareness and college student drinking. Journal of Socail and Clinical Psychology, 28(5), 650-669.
Leigh, J., Neighbors, C. (2006, November). Mindfulness and Alcohol Consumption: Are College Men Mindful Drinkers? Poster presented at the annual conference of the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapy, Chicago, IL.
Sullivan, M.S., Leigh, J., Gaster, B. (2006). Training internists in shared decision making about chronic opioid treatment for non-cancer pain. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 21, 360-362.
Leigh, J., Johnson, T., Bowen, S., Marlatt, G.A. (2005, November). Spirituality, Mindfulness, and Substance Abuse: Study II. Poster presented at the annual conference of the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapy, Washington, D.C.
Leigh, J., Bowen, S., Marlatt, G.A. (2005). Spirituality, mindfulness and substance abuse. Addictive Behaviors, 30(7), 1335-1341.