Leila Dabbagh

Leila Dabbagh

(812) 856-7963
HPER 116

  • Dr.P.H., Doctor of Public Health 1988
  • M.S., Master of Science 1983
  • M.P.H. 1978
  • B.A., Bachelor of Arts 1976

• United Nations Fund for Population and Development (UNFPA): Regional Advisor for Socio-Cultural Research for the Arab States and Eastern Europe

• Western Kentucky University:

Department of Public Health: Public Health Program and Graduate Committee

Academic Probation Committee

Campus International Advising Committee

Undergraduate Curriculum Committee

• Kentucky Public Health Association - Chair: Health Education Section

• Kentucky Public Health Online Consortium Committee (WKU, UL, EKU, UK)

• Guest Editor for Health Education Monograph Series: Women's Health issue, 2002 publication

• Free lance public health consultant

• State of Missouri Public Health Department: Health Educator III

• Arabian American Oil Company (ARAMCO) - Health Education/Medical Services: Program Coordinator

• University of Texas School of Public Health:

Graduate Research Assistant in the Office of Associate Dean for Student Affairs

Student Representative - Executive Committee

• Biofeedback training certification

• Hospice volunteer


Her public health work utilizes a systems approach that always incorporates a review of policy, the socio-cultural environment, economic conditions, community safety, and political stability in relationship to behavioral outcomes. Her international work incorporates a medical anthropology model. Current research interests include: Aphasia, immigrant health, and health disparities. She is currently developing a research proposal to evaluate current aphasia therapy programs and their long term impact in securing a satisfactory post aphasia quality of life for the patient and the family/primary caregivers.