Leve appointed associate vice president for research

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Leslie Leve to the position of associate vice president for research in the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation. Dr. Leve leads federal research grants that focus on developmental pathways and intervention outcomes for children and families. She is a nationally-renowned researcher in Prevention Science and brings significant experience in research administration to our team.

A Double Duck, Dr. Leve received her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Oregon in 1995. Prior to joining the UO faculty in 2013, she was the science director for the Oregon Social Learning Center, a non-profit research institute. Dr. Leve currently serves as the associate dean for research and faculty development in the College of Education and is the associate director of the Prevention Science Institute. She is a professor in the counseling psychology and human services department and the founding director of its prevention science doctoral program. Dr. Leve’s research focuses on understanding and promoting children’s healthy development through a transdisciplinary approach that includes intervention, genetic, and developmental methods. She has had a continuously-funded sponsored research program for the past 20 years, with grants from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, the National Institutes of Health Office of the Director, and the Institute of Education Sciences. Additionally, she currently serves as president of the Society for Prevention Research.

Dr. Leve has received numerous awards recognizing her research accomplishments. From 1993-1995, she received the National Research Service Award, “Prediction of Friendships from Parent-Child Relations” (MH010407), and the Society for Research in Child Development Award. In 2011, she received the Prevention Science Award, Society for Prevention Research, and in 2017, she received the UO’s Fund for Faculty Excellence Award.

Dr. Leve will provide management and oversight of research core facilities and some administrative units and take leadership roles on a number of internal and external working groups and committees. Her role in the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation is part-time and begins immediately. She will continue her faculty roles in the College of Education and maintain an active program of research in the Prevention Science Institute. Her appointment as associate dean of the College of Education will end on September 15, 2017.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Leve and welcoming her to our team!


David O. Conover, PhD
Vice President for Research and Innovation
Professor of Biology
1266 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1266