Leslie Babinski is an assistant research professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy, an associate director of the Center for Child and Family Policy, director of the Child Policy Research certificate program and co-director of the Duke School Research Partnership. She also oversees undergraduate studies for the Center. She has worked at the Center since September 2008.
Babinski is principal investigator for two Institute for Education Sciences-funded grants. The goal of the first project, Developing Consultation and Collaboration Skills (DCCS): ESL and Classroom Teachers Working Together with Students and Families, is to design a new, innovative professional development program for ESL and classroom teachers to work collaboratively to develop skills in language and literacy instruction for Latino English learners.
The goal of the second project, A Neuroscience-based Health Curriculum to Promote Academic and Behavioral Success, is to design a new ninth grade healthful living class. This course incorporates information about the brain mechanisms behind health behaviors such as: sleep, stress, nutrition, exercise, interpersonal relationships, drug and alcohol use, and mental and emotional health.