Executive Leadership Team
- West Virginia University Health Sciences Center
- Center for Excellence in Disabilities (CED)
- Executive Leadership Team
Professor, Pediatric Departmental Faculty Member
Joint Faculty Member, Social & Behavioral Health Department, School of Public Health
Co-Director, Prevention Research Center
- West Virginia University School of Medicine
- West Virginia University School of Public Health
- Social and Behavioral Sciences
- PhD, West Virginia University
INVITED LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS: INTERNATIONAL 2008 Cottrell, L. Adolescent Risk Behaviors: A Review. Morning Sessions: Drug Use and HIV Prevention Workshop. Johns Hopkins University. Baltimore, MD. 2008 Cottrell, L. Adolescent Prevention and Intervention Tools. Afternoon Sessions: Drug Use and HIV Prevention Workshop. Johns Hopkins University. Baltimore, MD. 2011 Cottrell L, Leary J, Milbourne S, Hansen I, Gale B, Davis D, Boyd M, Kozinetz C, Prior A, Caviness C, Selwyn BJ, Sepavich D, Peacock N, Altbertin C, Beaudry S, Harrison R. NCS Recruitment and Retention: Identifying what resources we already have and what we still need. Oral and poster presentations at the NIH Research Day, Bethesda, MD. 2011. 2013 Cottrell L. International interventions: Can our public health and clinical efforts be replicated across international samples? Invited presentation at the University of the Virgin Islands as Guest Faculty Lecturer for the Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Training Grant. INVITED LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS: NATIONAL 2007 21st Century Families: From Research to Reality Conference. Little Rock, AR. 2010-2012 Invited lectures at the Annual Nemacolin Asthma Conference. Nemacolin, PA. 2013 Research Universities and the Future of America Forum, Washington DC. INVITED LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS: LOCAL AND INSITUTIONAL 2003-Present Grand Rounds Presentations. Department of Pediatrics: 1/year 2003-2009 Oktoberfest Workshop Presentation, Department of Pediatrics 2005 Karl Lashley Distinguished Alumni Colloquium. Department of Psychology, WVU. 2006 Department of Nursing, Alderson-Broaddus College 2007 Wood County, West Virginia Board of Education. 2007 Academy of General Dentistry. 2010 WV Eastern Panhandle Community Planning Group 2010 Faculty report to the West Virginia University Board of Governors. Morgantown, WV 2010 Needs assessment workshop. WVDHHR. Community Participatory Board. Charleston, WV. 2011 25th Annual Mid-Atlantic Conference on Worksite Wellness. Charleston 2011 Annual School of Pharmacy Research Day. Morgantown, WV 2011 OLLI. Morgantown, WV 2012 West Virginia Bureau for Public Health State Public Health System Assessment. Charleston, WV 2012 Morgantown North Rotary Club. 2012-Present WV Health Disparities Journal Club. Biomedical Sciences. HSC 2013 Cultural Diversity Series – Rural Life Defined. Morgantown, WV. 2013 Research Universities and the Future of America Forum, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 2013 Grand Rounds Presentation. Department of Biostatistics, WVU School of Public Health 2013-Present INBRE Summer Program – Translational Research in Child Development. Morgantown, WV 2015 WV Primary Care Association Forum, Charleston, WV
AWARDS AND HONORS 2018 Caveney Faculty Excellence Award, WVU 2015 Women in Science and Health Award, WVU 2013-2014 United Way Recognition Award, WVU 2012 Women in Leadership Fellow, WVU 2009 AAMC Mid-Career Women in Science Fellowship 2007 American Heart Association Fellow, Epidemiology and Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease 2006 Recognized for support and assistance for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Community Service Award 2005 Distinguished Alumna Award, WVU 2004 Outstanding Researcher Award, WVU, Department of Pediatrics 2003 Faculty Research Travel Award, WVU, Office of Research 2003 Who’s Who in American Education 2001 National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) Doctoral Fellowship Award 2001 College of Arts & Sciences Research Award, WVU 2001 Office of Academic Affairs Research and Travel Award, WVU
Parental Monitoring, Childhood Obesity, Adolescent Risk Outcomes, Social and Behavioral Health
Dr. Lesley Cottrell is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics in the WVU School of Medicine. She received a PhD in Developmental Psychology from West Virginia University. Her training included an NIDA-funded doctoral project examining parental monitoring and adolescent risk behaviors including substance use and unprotected sexual risk. She is a Co-Principal Investigator for the WVU Prevention Research Center and the Vice Chair of Research for the Department of Pediatrics. During her graduate training, she received a NIDA-funded fellowship to examine parental monitoring and adolescent risk behaviors including substance use and unprotected sexual risk.
Dr. Cottrell's research interests examine parental influences on child and adolescent health risk decision-making and behaviors. She has led several national projects designed to examine childhood chronic health issues such as obesity, diabetes, asthma as well as health risks in adolescence related to unhealthy decision making. She recently completed her service as the Principal Investigator on the Marion County, WV portion of the National Children’s Study, which was sponsored by NIMH. She is currently the Co-Principal Investigator for the WV Prevention Research Center and the ACTIVATE Project, which is designed to examine children’s physical activity, fitness, and academic achievement over a five year period. She is also the Principal Investigator on the USDA-funded Choose to Change Project. This project is an intervention program designed to teach preschool children and their families, healthy physical activity and nutrition options to combat later childhood obesity. All of these programs are multi-disciplinary in nature, involving strong partnerships with WVU Extension, Agricultural Sciences, Psychology, Social Work, and Business & Economics.
Additionally, Dr. Cottrell is interested in integrated medicine. She is a Co-Investigator on the State Innovation Model Design Award WV received in early 2014. She also serves as the Co-Chair of the WV Health Innovation Collaborative’s Better Health Workgroup. This workgroup is one of three workgroups within the collaborative based on the Triple Aim concept with the charge of improving linkages between health care services and population health outcomes.