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Natasha Slesnick

Assoc Dean - Research & Admin, Office of Research
Professor, Department of Human Sciences

Program Area: Human Development and Family Science

(614) 247-8469

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Natasha Slesnick is a professor of Human Development and Family Science and associate chair for research in the Department of Human Sciences at The Ohio State University. Her research focuses on intervention development with homeless youth and families. She has consulted with multiple organizations on the best strategies for intervening in youth homelessness. She has been continuously funded by the NIH since 1998 and has written more than 70 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and one book. After opening a drop-in center for homeless youth in Albuquerque, New Mexico, she moved to Columbus, Ohio and opened her second drop-in center. 


  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of New Mexico, 1996
  • MS, Clinical Psychology, University of New Mexico, 1992
  • BS, Psychology, University of Washington, 1989

Research Interests


  • 8/2013-present, Associate Chair for Research, Department of Human Sciences, OSU
  • 10/2009-present, Professor, Couple and Family Therapy Program, Human Sciences, OSU
  • 10/2006-present, Founder, OSU Star House
  • 10/2004-9/2009, Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Science, OSU
  • 1/2003-8/2004, Research Associate Professor, Psychology, University of New Mexico
  • 10/2002-10/2003, Associate Director, Clinical Research Branch, University of New Mexico, Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Addictions (CASAA)
  • 4/1998-1/2003, Research Assistant Professor, Psychology, University of New Mexico
  • 4/1997-4/1998, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of New Mexico

Selected Grants

Extramural Funding

  • Slesnick, N., Glassman, M., & Schoppe-Sullivan, S. Adolescent Involvement in Parental Substance Abuse Treatment:  Evaluation of EBFT.  NIDA, grant no. R01DA023062, 7/1/09 – 4/30/2015, $3,049,478. Role: PI
  • Slesnick, N., Brigham, G., & Bartle-Haring, S. Reaching non-system connected, substance abusing homeless youth. NIDA grant No. R34DA032699, 04/01/2012- 03/31/2015, $556,193. Role: PI
  • Slesnick, N. Serving Columbus, Ohio’s homeless youth. Ohio Attorney General’s, Victims of Crime grant, 10/1/13-9/30/14, $97,000. Role: Project Director
  • Slesnick, N. Strengths-Based Outreach, Drop-in Services and Reintegration of Homeless Youth in central Ohio. Ohio Department of Mental Health, 7/1/13-6/30/15, $1,330,392. Role: Project Director
  • Slesnick, N. Community shelter board / STAR house partnership. Community Shelter Board, 1/1/14-6/30/14, $12,000. Role: Project Director

Internal Funding:

  • Feng, X., Slesnick, N., & Hooper, E. Enhancing Positive Interactions Between Depressed Mothers and Their Young Children: A Pilot Intervention Targeting Emotional Exchanges. College of Education and Human Ecology Seed Grant Funding period: 1/1/2014-12/31/2014. Total award: $20,000.
  • Hatsu, I., Slesnick, N., & Hade, E . Micronutrient deficiencies and mental health among homeless youth.  OSU, EHE Seed Grant, 12/1/2014 – 12/1/2015, $20,000. 


  • Slesnick, N., Feng, X. & Brigham, G. Evaluation of EBT with young, substance abusing homeless mothers. NIDA, 2R01DA036589-01A1, 12/1/14-11/30/19, $3,252,952. Score: 26
  • Slesnick, N., Brigham, G., Feng, X., & Granello, D. Suicide prevention among substance abusing homeless youth. NIDA, R34DA037845A1, 4/1/15-3/30/18, $629,141. Score: 20

Selected Publications

  1. Bartle-Haring, S., Slesnick, N., & Carmona, J. (In press). Reciprocity in adolescent and mother violence. Journal of Family Violence.
  2. Carmona, J., Slesnick, N., Guo, X., & Letcher, A. (2014). Reducing high risk behaviors among street living youth: Outcomes of an integrated prevention intervention. Children and Youth Services Review, 43, 118–123.
  3. Brigham, G., Slesnick, N., Lewis, D., Guo, X., Somoza, G., & Winhusen, T. (2014). A randomized pilot of Community Reinforcement and Family Training for treatment retention in opioid dependence. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 138, 240-243.
  4. Guo, X., Slesnick, N., & Feng, X. (2014). A comparison of individual and family therapy on depressive symptoms among substance abusing runaway adolescents and their primary caretakers. Journal of Family Psychology, 28(1), 98-105.
  5. Letcher, A., & Slesnick, N. (2014). Early relationships of adolescents: Evaluation and observation of romantic attachment and risk behavior. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 31(3), 366-383. doi:10.1177/0265407513496368
  6. Slesnick, N., Feng, X, Brakenhoff, B., & Brigham, G.  (2014). Parenting under the influence: The effects of opioids, alcohol and cocaine on mother-child interaction. Addictive Behaviors, 39(5), 897 – 900.
  7. Slesnick, N., Erdem, G., Bartle-Haring, S., & Brigham, G. (2013). Intervention with substance abusing runaway adolescents and their families: Results of a randomized clinical trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 81(4), 600-614. PMID 23895088
  8. Slesnick, N., & Erdem, G. (2013). Efficacy of ecologically-based treatment with substance-abusing homeless mothers: Substance use and housing outcomes. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 45(5), 416-425. PMID3773252
  9. Slesnick, N., Guo, X., Brakenhoff, B., & Feng, X. (2013). Two-year predictors of runaway and homeless episodes following shelter services among substance abusing adolescents. Journal of Adolescence, 36(5), 787-795.
  10. Slesnick, N. & Guo, X. (2013). Treatment desires and symptomatology among substance abusing homeless mothers: What I want versus what I need. Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 40(2), 156-68. PMID23076864.