Dr. Leech is an Associate Professor in the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health. She is also an Investigator in the Center for Urban Health (an IUPUI Signature Center) and an adjunct faculty member of the IUPUI Sociology Department.

Dr. Leech graduated from the Sociology Department at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her training appointment was in the Population Research Center at the Institute for Survey Research with a specialization in social stratification. Her general area of research is the socio-structural determinants of health behaviors among Black adolescents. More specifically, she is interested in examining the race, gender, and neighborhood context of violence and risky sexual behaviors. Much of her research focuses on integrating Community Based Participatory Research methods into quantitative analyses of health disparities.

Dr. Leech’s work has been recognized with various awards including the Butler University Golden Apple Teaching Award, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Early Career Scholar Award, and the Maggie Kuhn Award for Scholar Activism. She has received funding for her research endeavors from a variety of agencies and foundations, such as the Indiana State Department of Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the William T. Grant Foundation.