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Jill D. McLeigh, PhD

Research Assistant Professor


​Jill McLeigh is a research assistant professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She currently serves as the co-editor for American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, associate editor for Child Abuse & Neglect, policy liaison for the American Orthopsychiatric Association, and consultant on the Strong Communities replication effort in Tel-Aviv, Israel. Dr. McLeigh’s primary research interest has been in preventive measures and interventions that seek to strengthen communities' capacity for family support, participation, and mutual assistance. This interest includes understanding how services to families should be designed and delivered, so as to promote child safety and well-being.

Before joining the faculty at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Dr. Mcleigh coordinated a program of research on the impact of the wars of the 21st century on military personnel, their families, and communities at the University of Maryland. For 7 years, she worked at Clemson University on various aspects of the Strong Communities for Children initiative, a comprehensive effort to prevent child maltreatment by building systems of support for families of young children. Also during that time she provided technical assistance to faith and community-based organizations delivering child and family services and provided program development and evaluation support for a mentoring program for children with incarcerated parents.

Dr. McLeigh has been the recipient of the Outstanding Student Award from the American Psychological Association, Division of Psychologists in Public Service, and the South Carolina Professional Society on the Abuse of Children Community Award.

She has a Master's degree in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University and a PhD in International Family & Community Studies from Clemson University.