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Laurel K. Leslie, MD, MPH

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Laurel K. Leslie, MD, MPH is a Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine, with a primary appointment in the Department of Medicine and secondary appointments in Pediatrics and Community Medicine and Public Health. She is an active faculty member in the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences. She is also the Associate Director of Community Engagement at Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI).

Dr. Leslie received her BA from Harvard University and her MD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed her residency training in Primary Care Pediatrics and fellowship training in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, where she also served as Chief Medical Resident. Subsequently, she served as a Research Scientist at the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center (CASRC) at Rady Children's Hospital and Health Center in San Diego. While at CASRC, Dr. Leslie received a Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at San Diego State University. Dr. Leslie joined the ICRHPS at Tufts Medical Center in the Fall of 2006.

Dr. Leslie's research interests focus on the identification and treatment of developmental and mental health needs of children and adolescents across the health, mental health, and school sectors. Specific areas of inquiry include the impact of guidelines and policy initiatives on youth service use and outcomes and collaborative models of care across sectors that incorporate the child and family as active participants in care.

Dr. Leslie's expertise in behavioral and developmental pediatrics is recognized nationally; work with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and National Initiative on Children's Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) includes development of an ADHD toolkit; the eQIPP interactive, web-based CME module on ADHD; and efforts on the Task Force on Foster Care. She is also principal author of a nationally recognized website on child development,, as well as a second site,