Prior to joining the Healthy Mind Lab in November 2018, Leonard previously held a position in the Department of Comparative Medicine and, through collaboration with infection prevention practitioners at SSM hospitals, successfully participated in an infection control project aimed at reducing hospital acquired infections targeting health care providers at SSM hospitals in greater St. Louis. His work as a nursing assistant, continuously practicing and embracing good clinical habits, honed his bed side patient care skills.
Prior to moving to the US, Leonard worked in Kenya with community and faith-based organizations to develop grant proposals and budgets. He spent time assessing community healthcare needs, planning, implementing, and monitoring USAID/CDC Public Health Programs including HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis intervention and ART treatment referral. He was heavily involved with organizing and conducting community outreach awareness of HIV/AIDS, malaria, reproductive health, and clean water education in remote rural areas and worked with a team to reduce risky behavior among students in learning institutions. Leonard is currently working with the Healthy Mind Lab on the Optimum Study for older adults with treatment-resistant depression and STOP-COVID study, a clinical trial of fluvoxamine for individuals with COVID-19.
Bachelor of Health Science, University of Missouri, Columbia (Go Tigers!)