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Leigh Tenkku Lepper

Leigh Tenkku Lepper

Leigh Tenkku Lepper, PhD, MPH
Associate Research Professor Emerita

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


PhD, Saint Louis University, 2007; MPH, Saint Louis University, 1999; BS, Kent State University, 1976.

Research Interests:

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders; Screening Brief Intervention Referral and Treatment; Preconception Health; Mental Health of Women; Social and Cultural Context of Health.

Teaching Interests:

Program Evaluation; Health Program Design and Planning; Social Research Methods; Social Policy Analysis; The Context of Health Behavior Change.

Research and Scholarly Activity:

Addressing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders through Alcohol Education and SBIRT Training of Healthcare Providers

Dr. Tenkku Lepper’s work and research has focused on the identification, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), as well as screening, referral, and treatment (SBIRT) of alcohol exposed pregnancies. In 2015, she was funded through SAMHSA to work with physician assistants in development and implementation of an alcohol education and SBIRT curriculum in all four of the Physician Assistant programs in Missouri. The complete alcohol education curriculum is now available at, which provides CE/CME credit for professionals as well.

In 2014, Dr. Tenkku Lepper received a CDC-funded grant for the Mental and Reproductive Health Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Practice Implementation Center (MRPIC). In this project, she designed robust web-based, discipline-specific FASD training materials for Social Work (SW) and OB/GYN disciplines to increase the proportion of mental and reproductive health professionals who achieve education and training on FASD and alcohol screening and brief intervention. In this activity, she developed three levels of training for SW and OB/GYN professionals: 1) FASD101 discipline-specific training modules and materials, 2) discipline-specific continuing education programs/webinars on reducing alcohol-exposed pregnancies, and 3) Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention (ASBI) training.

A learning management system website has been developed ( where all of her web-based training modules reside. All of these modules offer CE/CME credit and MOC credit for the OB/GYN provider.

This work builds upon her previous 12 years of funding for the Midwest Regional FASD Training Center (MRFASTC), which reached a 19-state geographic region. The MRPIC project has now moved this work to a national level in collaboration with the University of Texas-Austin, University of California-San Diego, Baylor University School of Medicine, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.