College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Kevin Leach


  • 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


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, and then moved to New York state to complete a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from SUNY Stony Brook (now Stony Brook University), with a pre-doctoral internship 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 on the University of Washington Volleyball team, serving as the Technical Director/Statistician. In the current academic year Dr. Leach began service as the Faculty Athletic Representative for Northwest University. His primary academic interests are in the fields of clinical/abnormal behavior, and the statistical modeling of events that occur in volleyball.

Publications / Presentations

  • MMPI evaluation of borderline personality disorder. (1982) Paper presented at the 90th meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D. C.
  • With Winters K. C., Newmark, C. S., Lumry, A. E., & Weintraub, S. (1985). MMPI codetypes characteristic of DSM-III schizophrenics, depressives, and bipolars. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 41, 382-386
  • With Johnson, M. K., & Foley, M. A. (1988). The consequences for memory of imagining in the voice of another person. Memory and Cognition, 16, 337-342.

Recommended Reading

  • Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis
  • Miracles, C. S. Lewis
  • My Name is Asher Lev, Chaim Potok
  • The Gift of Asher Lev, Chaim Potok
  • Finding the Will of God: A Pagan Notion? (2nd Edition), Bruce Waltke
  • A Beautiful Mind, Sylvia Nasar
  • Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell