Leslie Babinski is a research scientist who has been at the Center since September 2008. She is Principal Investigator for two Institute of Education Sciences (IES) grants. The goal of the first project, Developing Consultation and Collaboration Skills (DCCS): ESL and Classroom Teachers Working Together with Students and Families, is to design a new, innovative professional development program for ESL and classroom teachers to work collaboratively to develop skills in language and literacy instruction for Latino English learners.
The goal of the second project, A Neuroscience-Based Health Curriculum to Promote Academic and Behavioral Success, is to design a new, 9th grade healthful living class. This course incorporates information about the brain mechanisms behind health behaviors such as: sleep, stress, nutrition, exercise, interpersonal relationships, drug and alcohol use, and mental and emotional health. Leslie is also the co-director of Duke's School Research Partnership Office.
- Teacher professional development
- English language learners and academic development
- Adolescent health behaviors and decision making
- School-based interventions for children and adolescents
- Evaluation of educational initiatives
Education, Program Evaluation, Child Development, Early Childhood
- Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley - 1993
Typical Courses Taught:
- CCS 150, CHILDREN CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY
- PUBPOL 391, INDEPENDENT STUDY
- CHILDPOL 393, RESEARCH INDEPENDENT STUDY
- Gifford, E.J., Wells, R.S., Miller, S., Troop, T., Bai, Y., Babinski, L. (2010). Pairing Nurses and Social Workers in Schools: North Carolina's School-based Child and Family Support Teams. Journal of School Health.
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