LESLIE WIND joined in 2008 as clinical associate professor and director of the Orange County Academic Center. Previously, Wind was an assistant professor and chair of the children, youth and families specialization and subspecialty in trauma and violence at the Graduate School of Social Work at Boston College. She also directed the Massachusetts Coalition of Child and Family Disaster Mental Health Education, a statewide interdisciplinary training in disaster mental health research conducted in collaboration with the Terrorism and Disaster Center of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Wind has also been on faculty at the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to her academic career, she was a clinical social worker for 18 years, working in private practice, two rape centers, a child and family mental health agency, and a residential treatment facility.
University of Southern California: Ph.D., Social Work 2003
University of California, Los Angeles: M.S.W. 1988
California State University, Northdridge: B.A. 1985
Areas of Expertise (8)
Social Work Education
Children, Youth and Families
Industry Expertise (6)
Training and Development
Health Care - Services
Health and Wellness
Health Care - Providers
Mental Health Care
Outstanding Contributions to Education Award (professional)
2012 Orange County Department of Education
Best Publication in Diversity (professional)
2000 Awarded for article "Diversity, inclusion, and commitment in organizations: International empirical explorations" by Institute of Behavioral and Applied Management Conference in San Diego, CA.
Media Appearances (1)
Social worker honored with Lifetime Achievement Award
Leslie Wind, clinical associate professor and associate dean of academic programs at the USC School of Social Work, has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from a California chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for decades of work dedicated to improving lives in the United States (...)
Research Articles & Publications (5)
Children's Coping in the Context of Disasters and TerrorismInternational Perspectives on Stress & Coping
Betty Pfefferbaum , Mary A. Noffsinger , Leslie H. Wind, James R. Allen
2014 Disasters and terrorism present significant and often overwhelming challenges for children and families worldwide. Individual, family, and social factors influence disaster reactions and the diverse ways in which children cope. This article links conceptualizations of stress and coping to empirical knowledge of children's disaster reactions, identifies limitations in our current understanding, and suggests areas for future study of disaster coping.
Survivors' Perspectives on the Impact of Clergy Sexual Abuse on Families of OriginJournal of Child Sexual Abuse
Leslie H. Wind , James M. Sullivan, and Daniel J. Levins
2008 Clergy-perpetrated sexual abuse rose to public attention in 2002 through the disclosure of abuse by Catholic priests within the Archdiocese of Boston and a simultaneous cover-up by church hierarchy. Similar patterns have since been described in other Catholic dioceses and in other faith denominations. While recent studies have examined the impact of such abuse on adult survivors, little is known about the impact on their families of origin.
The Challenge of Workforce Management in a Global SocietyAdministration in Social Work
Liora Findler, Leslie H. Wind, and Michálle E Mor Barak
2007 Social work managers are increasingly challenged by the growing need to effectively manage workforce diversity and to create a welcoming and inclusive organizational environment. This is particularly important in light of the disproportional representation of women and members of minority groups in human service organizations and the gap between diversity of the client population versus the diversity of the staff. With social identity theory and inclusion-exclusion conceptual framework as a backdrop, this study tests a comprehensive theory-based model of the relationship between diversity, organizational culture, and employee outcomes.
Adoption PreparationAdoption Quarterly
Leslie H. Wind, Devon Brooks, and Richard P. Barth
2005 A sizable proportion of special needs adoptions result in a disruption/dissolution or a displacement. Researchers emphasize the importance of comprehensive preparation to support adoption adjustment. This article examines the differential receipt of preparatory services based upon child and family characteristics and the child's risk history.
Cross-cultural Aspects Of Diversity And Well-being In The Workplace: An International PerspectiveJournal of Social Work Research and Evaluation
Michàl E. Mor Barak, Liora Findler, and Leslie H. Wind
2003 Worldwide, both overt and covert discrimination against minorities in the workplace are pervasive. The social work profession has long been concerned with social justice as it pertains to diversity and the inequitable treatment of disadvantaged groups. The premise of this study is that individuals from diverse backgrounds experience greater exclusion, more job stress, less social support, and a sense of unfair treatment, all of which lead to reduced job satisfaction and, ultimately, a significantly poorer sense of well-being in comparison to those in the mainstream. The study utilizes data from two high-tech companies, in California and Israel, sharing similar organizational cultures, thus providing the opportunity to explore intergroup organizational relations in both individualistic and collectivistic cultures.