Leigh is a 3rd year student in the Sport and Exercise Psychology doctoral program at West Virginia University. She is currently supported by the Swiger doctoral fellowship and teaches undergraduate courses in Sport and Exercise Psychology. Prior to WVU, Leigh attended Bucknell University, where she graduated with honors in psychology and double-minors in philosophy and dance. Leigh worked on-campus as a Peer Advisor (Resident Assistant) and a TA for Developmental Psychology, and in the community as a youth soccer referee and a near-peer counselor for local teens.
Immediately following her first AASP conference in 2010, Leigh applied to be a Mid-Atlantic Regional Representative. During her two-year term, she served as co-chair for Student Volunteers, co-creator and co-administrator of the Student Facebook Page, and co-chair of the Mentorship Match Program. Leigh currently serves on the Community Outreach and Foundation Committees, and feels privileged to have worked with both student and professional member-led groups. She has presented at the 2011 and 2012 conferences and will present again in New Orleans.
In addition to initiative and committee activities, Leigh has contributed to the Women in Sports SIG newsletter as an author and interviewee. She recently co-led a workshop on psychological aspects of physical injury for ATCs and AT students, an outgrowth of her research interests in stress and coping, injury, and peer leadership. As a former competitive gymnast and club soccer player, Leigh enjoys her applied work, which consists of individual and team consultations with Division I intercollegiate athletes.