Dr. Leslie Rith-Najarian
Leslie has rejoined the Stress and Development Lab as postdoctoral fellow, 6 years after serving as a clinical coordinator when the lab was at Boston Children’s Hospital. Leslie is excited to be back working with Dr. McLaughlin in collaboration with Dr. John Weisz on a project translating mechanism research findings into an early intervention for adolescents exposed to trauma. As part of earning her BA at Harvard, Leslie completed thesis research examining performance stress reactivity in adolescents, under the mentorship of Dr. McLaughlin and Dr. Matt Nock. She then attended the Clinical Psychology PhD program at UCLA, training with Dr. Denise Chavira and Dr. Bruce Chorpita as well as completing internship year at UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services. Leslie‘s dissertation investigated the implementation and effectiveness of an original online skills program for anxiety and depression prevention in university students. Her broad research interests focus on engaging young people in accessible, appealing, and evidence-informed mental health programming. When Leslie is not researching, teaching, mentoring, or delivering therapy she enjoys rock climbing and playing with her senior pit bull.