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Ph.D., L.P.

Associate Professor of Psychology; Program Director, Health Psychology and Clinical Health Psychology
Michelle Leonard
4067 CASL Building
4901 Evergreen Rd
Dearborn, MI 48128

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Biography and Education

Dr. Leonard is a clinical psychologist and an Associate Professor in Psychology. She earned her Ph.D. in 2008 from Wayne State University. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in the discipline of psychology.

Her research examines three main areas (1) how couples’ relationship characteristics influence health (2) how chronic health conditions, health risk, or health behaviors are associated with couples dynamics and (3) exploration of moderators of the couple relationship-health link. 

Teaching and Research

Selected Publications

Chatkoff, D., Leonard, M.T., and Maier, K., (2015) Pain Catastrophizing Differs between and within WHYMPI Pain Adjustment Classifications: Theoretical and Clinical Implications from Preliminary Data. Clinical Journal of Pain, 31(4), 349-354.

Leonard, M.T and Geisser, M (2014).Using What We Know about Couples in the Context of Chronic Pain to Push for Continued Progress: Commentary on Vivekanantham and Colleagues. Pain Medicine, 15(5), 726-727.

Leonard, M.T., Issner J.H., Cano, A. Williams, A.M. (2013). Correlates of Spousal Empathic Accuracy for Pain-related Thoughts and Feelings. The Clinical Journal of Pain, 29, 224-233.


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