College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Kevin Leach

Professor
Psychology

  • Ph.D. State U. of N.Y. at Stony Brook, 1985
  • M.A. State U. of N.Y. at Stony Brook, 1982
  • M.Ed. Georgia State University, 1977
  • B.A. Eastern Nazarene College, 1975

Background

Kevin Leach is a native of Michigan, having been born and raised in the Detroit area, a long-suffering fan of the city’s professional sports teams. (Thank You 1968 Tigers!) He attended Eastern Nazarene College outside of Boston from which he received his B.A. He then earned an M.Ed. from Georgia State University in Atlanta. Returning to the Boston area, he worked at McLean Hospital for three years, then moved to New York where he earned an M. A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from SUNY Stony Brook (now Stony Brook University), with a pre-doctoral internship back at McLean Hospital on the Behavior Therapy unit. After two years of clinical work as an outpatient therapist in Atlanta, Dr. Leach completed a 3 year-post doctoral appointment in the Harvard University Department of Psychology, with joint appointments as an Assistant Attending Psychologist at McLean Hospital and an Instructor in Psychology in the Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry. Moving to the Puget Sound area, Dr. Leach worked as a Psychologist for five years at Rainier School in Buckley, Washington. He joined the faculty of Northwest University (then Northwest College) in 1996 and has been here full-time since then. Since 2010, Dr. Leach has been a volunteer staff member of the University of Washington Volleyball team, serving as the Technical Director/Statistician. Dr. Leach is now in his second year of service as the Faculty Athletic Representative for Northwest University. In Spring 2018 he is scheduled to teach a new course at Northwest, Psychology in Sport and Exercise. His primary academic interests are in the fields of clinical/abnormal behavior and statistics.

Dr. Leach attends Advent Anglican in Kirkland, and was confirmed in the Church in May 2017.

Courses

  • General Psychology
  • Life Span Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences
  • Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
  • Advanced Topics in Psychology
  • Psychology in Sport and Exercise (new in Spring 2018)

Recommended Reading

  • Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis
  • The Problem of Pain, C. S. Lewis
  • The Chosen, Chaim Potok
  • The Promise, Chaim Potok
  • Finding the Will of God: A Pagan Notion? (2nd Edition), Bruce Waltke
  • An Anthropologist on Mars, Oliver Sacks
  • Eats, Shoots, & Leaves, Lynne Truss
  • The Complete Father Brown Stories, G. K. Chesterton