Dr. Leschied is a psychologist and professor in the Faculty of Education at the Western University. His work in children’s services began in 1977 at the London Family Court Clinic. He joined the Faculty of Education at Western in 1998 and currently teaches in both the graduate program in counselling psychology as well as the preservice program at Western’s Faculty of Education.
Dr. Leschied’s research interests have been in areas related to the assessment and treatment of youth at risk, as well as with children’s legislation and how policies and services promote the welfare of children and families. Of note have been the books, The Young Offenders Act: A Revolution in Canadian Juvenile Justice (1991); Offender Rehabilitation in Practice: Implementing and Evaluating Effective Programs (2001), and Research and Treatment for Aggression with Adolescent Girls (2002). His specific research interests have included studies related to youth justice and children’s mental health, the completion of the clinical trial with Multisystemic Therapy funded by the National Crime Prevention Centre and the examination of factors related to increases in the demand for child welfare services. Dr. Leschied has provided presentations in many parts of Canada and the United States. He has provided invited colloquia at the Universities of Guelph, New Brunswick and Toronto and internationally at the University of Tilburg, The Netherlands, The Universidad Belgrano, Buenos Aires, Columbia University, New York and University College, London UK. During the summer of 2001, at the request of the Canadian government, Dr. Leschied participated in the United Nations and Asia Far East Institute (UNAFEI) training with developing nations on research, policy and practice in youth justice in Tokyo Japan.
Dr. Leschied has served on numerous children’s services Board’s of Directors, including the Children’s Aid Society of London and Middlesex, The Coordinating Committee for Children and Youth, and The Canadian Council on Social Development. He is the past chair of London’s Investing in Children. He is a founding member of the International Prisons and Corrections Association, served on the research advisory committee of the Sparrow Lake Alliance and, from 1993 to 1998, was the Canadian Psychology Association’s representative to the Health Care Advisory Committee for Correctional Services Canada. Currently he serves on the advisory committee to the Centre of Excellence in Children’s Mental Health at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, the Research Advisory Committee of the Child Welfare Secretariat for the Ministry of Children and Youth and the Research Advisory Committee with Correctional Services Canada. He is an associate scientist with the Lawson Research Foundation, the Consortium for Applied Research and Evaluation in Mental Health and the Children’s Health Research Institute.
Dr. Leschied has appeared as an expert witness in youth courts and coroner’s inquests on matters related to youth justice and child welfare in the provinces of Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick. He has presented on numerous occasions to standing committees related to children’s issues to both the provincial and federal governments. Dr. Leschied is called upon as a frequent contributor in the media regarding issues related to the well-being of children and families. He is currently involved with assessing and advancing prevention related to childhood sexual abuse in the context of institutions such as schools and faith communities and assessing trauma related concerns in victimization in both civil and criminal jurisdictions. Through the summer and fall of 2007, at the request of the London Catholic Diocese, he helped lead a series of educational and awareness seminars for the clergy and laity in Ontario.
Dr. Leschied is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychology Association, a recipient in 2003 of both Western’s Edward G. Pleva Award for Excellence in Teaching and Ontario’s Judge Wendy Robson Award for outstanding service to children in Ontario. In 2004, he was a recipient of a life-time achievement award through the Criminal Justice Section of the Canadian Psychology Association. In 2009 he was awarded the Bishop Cody Award by the National St. Leonard’s Society for contrition to community corrections