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Leslie M Babinski

Research Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy
Sanford School of Public Policy
222 Rubenstein Hall, BOX_90545, Durham, NC 27708


Leslie Babinski is an associate research professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy and director of the Duke School Research Partnership.

Dr. Babinski is principal investigator for a study funded by the Institute for Education Sciences to examine a new model for professional development for ESL and classroom teachers. The goals of the study, Efficacy of the DCCS Program: ESL and Classroom Teachers Working Together with Students and Families, are to support collaboration between the ESL and classroom teachers as well as increase teachers’ implementation of high-impact instructional strategies and students’ cultural wealth to facilitate language and literacy skills for English Learners.

She is co-PI for another IES-funded study, The Targeted Reading Intervention: Investigating the Efficacy of a Web-Based Early Reading Intervention Professional Development Program for K-1 English Learners is in collaboration with Steve Amendum at the University of Delaware and Lynne Vernon-Feagans at UNC Chapel Hill.

She is also collaborating with Dr. Desiree Murray from UNC Chapel Hill on an IES study called Promoting Self-Regulation to Enhance Social, Behavioral, and Academic Adjustment in Middle School

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Research Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy · 2024 - Present Sanford School of Public Policy
Research Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience · 2024 - Present Psychology & Neuroscience, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Affiliate of the Center for Child and Family Policy · 2015 - Present Sanford School of Public Policy

Education, Training & Certifications

University of California, Berkeley · 1993 Ph.D.
University of California, Berkeley · 1988 M.A.
The University of Scranton · 1985 B.S.