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Katharine P. Leslie, Ph.D., CFLE


Katharine P. Leslie, Ph.D., CFLE, has a doctorate in developmental psychology, and national certifications as a family life educator, parent educator, trauma and loss in children specialist, and family mediator. Her areas of expertise include child development, parenting education, parent-child relationships, and abnormal socio-emotional development of abused/neglected children. In addition, Dr. Leslie is a wife of 23 years and the adoptive mother of four special needs children.

As owner of Brand New Day Consulting, Dr. Leslie provides workshops and seminars, curricula and program development, and research and technical assistance to a variety of agencies and organizations throughout the United States and Canada. As an expert witness on attachment, she has assisted the courts with many child placement issues. Her mode of in-home parent coaching has helped hundreds of stressed and in-crisis families.

Dr. Leslie is a highly sought after international speaker who presents at over 30 conferences and training venues yearly. Her publications include "When a Stranger Calls You Mom," a child development and relationship perspective on why traumatized children think, act, and feel the way they do;” “Coming to Grips With Attachment: The Guidebook for Building Mutual Well-Being in Parent-Child Relationships;” and "What I Love About You: A Child's Storybook Photo Album.”