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Leigha De Stefano, BA

Research Assistant


Research Projects



Biography: Leigha is a research assistant at the Center for Integrated Healthcare’s Syracuse office. She graduated from Syracuse University in 2013 with a BA in psychology. In the fall of 2012, she began working as an intern at CIH. After graduating she transitioned from intern to employee, gaining more experience working on research projects and learning how to administer clinical assessments. The main study she is currently working on is a medication trial in partnership with the Walter Reed National Military Hospital investigating a new medication to treat PTSD symptoms among veterans.

Leigha’s research interests include PTSD and anxiety, as well as the many outside factors and possible biological predictors that play a role in these disorders. She is also interested in forensic psychology and has previously interned at the District Attorney’s office in Cayuga County, NY. Here she was able to learn more about criminal law and attend both Cayuga County and Auburn City courts.

Leigha plans to further her education by applying to graduate school. She is interested in attending a clinical psychology program, especially one with education and research opportunities in the forensic psychology field.

Research Projects

Research Activities:

Research Assistant: Daily fluctuations of PTSD symptoms and alcohol use among OEF/OIF Veterans

Research Assistant: Web-based CBT for substance misusing and PTSD symptomatic OEF/OIF veterans

Research Assistant: Riluzole for PTSD: Efficacy of a glutamatergic modulator as augmentation treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder


Possemato, K., Webster, B., DeStefano, L., Beehler G., Wray L. Brooks, E. (2014, October). Primary Care Veterans’ Barriers, Facilitators, and Preferences for PTSD Treatment. Poster presented at the 2014 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 29th Annual Meeting, Miami, FL.

Barrie, K. Cristiano, S. Possemato, K., DeStefano, L., Maisto, S.A., Ouimette, P. (2014, June). Is College A Risk Or Protective Factor For Combat Veterans With PTSD And Alcohol Misuse? Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA), Seattle, WA.

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