Leyla Stambaugh

Research Psychologist

Leyla Stambaugh


  • PhD, Developmental Psychology, Fordham University
  • BS, Psychology, Duke University
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Leyla Stambaugh is a developmental psychologist with expertise in children’s mental health services. She has led federally funded research grants and contracts focused on child mental health and substance abuse, implementation of evidence-based practices, and treatment engagement among military families grappling with deployment-related mental health issues. Dr. Stambaugh serves key roles on several ongoing national surveys, including the National Survey on Drug Use and Health and the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being, advising on instrumentation and methodological issues and leading analytic tasks focused on child and veteran mental health.

Dr. Stambaugh currently leads the adolescent Clinical Reappraisal Study of the National Mental Health Study Field Test, the first national epidemiological survey of mental health in the US since 2002. She is associate project director on an ACF project examining postadoption and guardianship instability in youth leaving the Child Welfare System. Dr. Stambaugh maintains an adjunct faculty appointment in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center, where she completed an NIMH postdoctoral fellowship in mental health systems and services research prior to joining RTI in 2007.