Sam Leonard, B.S.

Biographical Sketch

Sam Leonard is a 2nd year student in the MSGP program. He graduated from Colorado State University in 2013 with a double major in Biomedical Sciences and Psychology. He completed his undergraduate honors thesis in a cognitive neuroscience research lab. After graduating, he served two years in AmeriCorps primarily working with lower income and homeless populations in community non-profit and healthcare settings. This experience led to a role as care coordinator for a combined assertive community treatment and integrated dual diagnosis behavioral healthcare team. He is interested in researching the underlying social cognitive mechanisms involved in psychopathology, with a specific interest in trauma-related and substance use disorders.

Recent Presentations

Leonard, S.J., Tripp, J.C., Luciano, M.T, & McDevitt-Murphy, M.E. The Role of Avoidant Attachment in PTSD-Shame and PTSD-Guilt Relationships Among Combat Veterans (November, 2018) Poster to be presented at the 34th annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Washington, DC, USA.

Education and Training

Masters of Science, (in progress)

General Psychology

University of Memphis


Bachelor of Science, (2013)

Biomedical Sciences and Psychology

Colorado State University