Vice Chancellor for Research
Washington State University Health Sciences Spokane
Ph.D. Washington State University, 2008
Office: SAC 503M (Spokane campus)
Phone: (509) 324-7477
Dr. Celestina Barbosa-Leiker is the Vice Chancellor for Research at Washington State University (WSU) Health Sciences Spokane and an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing. She is also a member of the Committee on Cannabis Research and Outreach at WSU. Dr. Barbosa-Leiker’s primary research investigates gender differences in substance use. He research has demonstrated sex differences in the measurement of opioid withdrawal, relapse while in treatment, and predictors of relapse. Her additional line of research focuses on the transition from pregnancy to parenthood in women with substance use disorders. She is currently leading an interdisciplinary research team to assess mothers, infants, and healthcare providers in order to better care for women with opioid use disorders, as well as for women using cannabis during pregnancy. The results of these studies will help better educate healthcare providers and pregnant women, inform maternal and infant health policy, and improve standards of care. Dr. Barbosa-Leiker has methodological expertise in psychometrics and longitudinal latent variable modeling.