Patrice Leverett

Assistant Professor of School Psychology
Expertise: Mental Health in Schools, Implicit Bias, Crisis Response, Diversity in Education, School Discipline, Student Advocacy


Patrice Leverett’s research focuses on the impact of implicit bias in the decision making of school personnel as it relates to disciplinary practices in order to reduce gaps in educational outcomes for students of color. She also examines the student perspective of disciplinary practices. 

Her interests include the design and evaluation of culturally responsive interventions, student advocacy, the impacts of intersectionality on educational outcomes, and increasing diversity and retention in higher education. Her courses teach crisis response in schools and culturally responsive mental health practices.

Prior to receiving her Ph.D., Leverett served as a public school special education teacher and a school psychologist.


  • Ph.D., Educational Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.S., Special Education and Teaching, Queens College
  • B.A., English Language and Literature, University of Pittsburgh
  • B.A., Communication and Rhetoric, University of Pittsburgh

Patrice Leverett In The News

Las Vegas Sun
There’s no reason for Las Vegas parents to fear conversations about critical race theory occurring at their children’s schools.
A student in mental health or behavioral crisis can display obvious actions such as punching or screaming. But other mental health struggles can be hidden, including suicidal ideations, depression and anxiety. As more students return to school after long periods of virtual learning, schools need to be prepared to respond strategically to all types of intensive behaviors, say school psychology experts.
K.S.N.V. T.V. News 3
The sixth-grade class was back in session at Del Webb Middle School Tuesday after an 11-year-old student brought a gun to campus Monday.

Articles Featuring Patrice Leverett

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Campus News | October 4, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting research wins, expert insights, and academic achievement.

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Campus News | April 21, 2021

Community-Based Research 2021 Award recipient Patrice Leverett’s research equips teachers with skills to address discipline in ways that mitigate bias.