• 398 Citations
  • 5 h-Index
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Research interests

literature reviews, in which I evaluated the TTM as applied to the following areas: tobacco use, cancer screening behavior, dietary behavior and exercise behavior.  More recently, I and my colleagues developed a  program for medical residents in which they were trained to use Motivational Interviewing strategies with patients.  My next goal is to develop a fully online training program for nurses using Motivational Interviewing strategies to support teenage patients with asthma.  I am partnering with Dr. Patricia Becker, Department of Nursing, on this project.

My research in the area of creating fitness and nutrition programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) is ongoing and is unique in that it also involves the caregiver as a recipient of the programs. My colleagues and I have created a model for both fitness programming that is appropriate for people with IDD and a model for family-based nutrition counseling which uses a Motivational Interviewing strategy.

Honors and Awards:
Distinguished Undergraduate Program Award, National Wellness Institute

Member of:
National Wellness Institute (nationalwellness.org)

Recent Academic Projects:
Creation of a Master of Arts in Wellness and Lifestyle Management and a Certificate of Graduate Study in Wellness Coaching

Education/Academic qualification

Temple University

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Projects 2014 2019

Research Output 1996 2017

  • 398 Citations
  • 5 h-Index
  • 11 Comment/debate
  • 10 Article
  • 3 Review article
  • 1 Chapter

Effectiveness of a clinically oriented motivational interviewing training program in increasing skills & changing perceptions

Dirosa, L., Gupta, A. K., Debonis, S. & Spencer, L., May 1 2017, In : Osteopathic Family Physician. 9, 3, p. 10-17 8 p.

Rowan University

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Motivational Interviewing
Family Practice

Get fit (Fitness integration training): A program to reduce obesity and metabolic syndrome in people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their caregivers

Dirosa, L., Pote, T., Wilhite, B. & Spencer, L., Jan 1 2014, Obesity Interventions in Underserved Communities: Evidence and Directions. Johns Hopkins University Press, p. 306-312 7 p.

Rowan University

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Rowan president inaugurated amid accolades

Jordan Howell & Leslie Spencer


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Rowan University

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Grant set to help Rowan program for the disabled

Leslie Spencer


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Rowan University

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Leslie Spencer


1 item of Media coverage

Rowan University

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