Our VR Y-TAC Team
Cornell University Extension Associate
Through a partnership with Cornell University’s School of Industrial Labor and Relations, Leslie joined IEL’s Vocational Rehabilitation Youth Technical Assistance Center (Y-TAC) team in January, 2018. She focuses on data and evaluation of the Y-TAC technical assistance efforts with vocational rehabilitation programs and related rehabilitation professionals.
Along with a masters in counseling and doctorate in quantitative psychology, Leslie brings experience from business, non-profits, and academic research to her role in Y-TAC. She started her career as a systems analyst before shifting to research and program evaluation at the Center for Child and Family Health, a non-profit in Durham, North Carolina affiliated with Duke University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and North Carolina Central University. Returning to school took her to the University of Kansas where she was fortunate to meet and work with researchers from many disciplines. Since 2003, she has collaborated with researchers in the fields of special education, transition services for youth with disabilities, child abuse prevention, trauma treatment, early intervention, gerontology, organizational practices, and last but not least statistical methods. To all of this work, she brings a systems perspective to gain understanding of problems in context.