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Leah Brookner
Leah Brookner


  • Assistant Professor of Practice
  • PhD in Social Work and Social Research, Portland State University (2018)
  • Master of Social Work, Portland State University (2006)
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, Columbia University (2003)
PSU History

I began the combination MSW/PhD program in 2003 when I moved to Portland from New York City. I have been teaching as an adjunct since 2007, primarily in the University Studies and Social Work Departments, entering into a full-time faculty position at the School of Social Work in 2015.

Academic/Research Focus
  • Children's Mental Health and clinical work 
  • Child Welfare
  • Early trauma and attachment
  • Foster care and adoption
  • Family systems