Dr. Leihua Edstrom

Leihua Edstrom

I am thrilled to be a part of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences! I recently came from the public school system, practicing school psychology in western Washington for the past ten years. Prior to that, I spent ten years researching aggression and bullying and school-based prevention of these behaviors.

In my role at NU, I am privileged to teach and mentor graduate students in psychology. I also maintain a private practice offering school neuropsychological evaluation. My special interests include: uniting parents, schools, and community providers in the service of youth; better understanding children in the context of their culture and community; and, studying the ways teachers and schools can effectively support children’s social and emotional development.

I am passionate about mentoring the next generation of psychologists, grounded in a unique perspective of human growth and change that encompasses both clinical wisdom and deep understanding of all aspects of the individual—cultural, psychological, spiritual, and otherwise.


B.S. in Psychology, University of Washington, 1988
M.Ed. in Education (specialization in School Psychology), University of Washington, 1994
Ph.D. in Education (specialization in School Psychology), University of Washington, 2000
Diplomate in School Neuropsychology, American Board of School Neuropsychology, 2012

Courses Taught

PSYC 5701     Child, Spouse, and Elder Abuse
PSYC 6403     Psychodiagnostics
PSYC 7453     Psychopathology