Dr. Leslie Morrison Gutman is an associate professor in Clinical, Health, and Educational Psychology and the program director of the MSc Behavior Change at University College London. She is also an associate editor of the Journal of Adolescence and associate at the Early Intervention Foundation. She received her PhD in Education and Psychology from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Leslie has authored over sixty-five academic publications, including peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, chapters in textbooks, and policy reports for government. She also writes articles for Aish.com.
Her research focuses on developmental trajectories in childhood and adolescence, health and well-being, risk and resilience, and aspirations and attainment, as well as the development, implementation, and evaluation of interventions for children, adolescents, and families. She lives in London with her husband and children.
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