University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-8732
Dr. Leona Eggert is Professor Emeritus in the Psychosocial and Community Health Department in the University of Washington's School of Nursing, and the Principal Investigator of the Reconnecting Youth Prevention Research Program. She has received extensive funding from The National Institutes on Drug Abuse (NIDA), The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), and the U.S. Department of Education for testing the school-based Reconnecting Youth prevention model, which is featured in NIDA's videotape, Coming Together on Prevention. She holds a Ph.D. in Speech Communication, with a focus on interpersonal, small group, and organizational communication.
Dr. Eggert has worked extensively for more than twenty years with adolescents, their parents, and teachers in schools, community mental health centers, churches, and camping programs. She is a child/adolescent psychosocial nurse specialist and a certificated health educator and school nurse, and she consults regularly on the implementation and evaluation of Reconnecting Youth. Lee is the author of Anger Management for Youth: Stemming Aggression and Violence; the primary author of both Reconnecting Youth: A Peer Group Approach to Building Life Skills and The Youth Suicide Prevention Plan for Washington State; and the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters related to working with high-risk youth in their social contexts. She has presented nationally and internationally on these topics as well.