College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Dr. LeSure-Lester received a B.A. in psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan; M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois; and she completed a post doctorate fellowship in clinical psychology at Boston University School of Medicine/Boston City Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. Originally, licensed in Massachusetts, she maintains an active clinical psychology license in California.
Dr. LeSure-Lester has more than 40 years of academic experience. Currently, she is a part-time Adjunct Professor of psychology at Walden University. Previous academic appointments include Associate Professor of Psychology at Chapman University, Orange and Ontario California, Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Greensboro, North Carolina, and Visiting Associate Professor of Psychology, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA. Additionally, she has worked as a Senior Staff Psychologist and Director of training at the Monsour Counseling Center of the Claremont Colleges, Claremont, CA, and as a psychologist for the Boston School Committee.
As a professor, Dr. LeSure-Lester has extensive teaching experience and has taught on ground and online, graduate and undergraduate psychology courses. Graduate courses include interviewing and observational strategies, life span development, advanced individual counseling, adult psychopathology, child psychopathology, human diversity, the counseling process, theories and techniques of family therapy, forensic, history and systems, practicum, and internship. Undergraduate courses include developmental, personality, abnormal, introduction to counseling, and senior thesis seminar. Her research interests are varied and includes more than 30 publications and professional papers related to achievement and social development in youth and college students. She is also a mentor to students and serves on dissertation and departmental committees.
As a practitioner, Dr. LeSure-Lester has extensive clinical experience, and she has maintained a part-time private practice in psychology for more than 40 years. Her clinical experience consists of both outpatient and inpatient work with adults and children who suffer from psychological problems that range from developmental issues to psychosis. More specifically, she is skilled in conducting individual and couple’s psychotherapy, psychological testing, worker’s compensation evaluations, veteran disability evaluations, and consultation to hospitals, group homes, and school settings.
Dr. LeSure-Lester is a reviewer for the Journal of Black Psychology, member and former National Secretary of the Association of Black Psychologists, member and former member of the Committee for the Approval of Continuing Education Sponsors for the American Psychological Association, and former Oral Commissioner for the California Board of Psychology, Sacramento, CA.