Randy Leite


Randy Leite, Ph.D. serves as executive director of the Appalachian Children Coalition, an organization focused on expanding and enhancing child mental health resources in the 32-county Appalachian Ohio region. In this role, Dr. Leite is engaged with schools, mental health boards, social service agencies, and governmental entities to address significant mental health resource disparities in the region. Leite assumed this position after serving for twelve years as the Dean of the College of Health Sciences and Professions at Ohio University. In the dean role, he facilitated a number of academic and community engagement programs focused on bringing positive impact to children and families in Southeastern Ohio. During his tenure, the college grew to enroll over 10,000 students in a broad variety of academic programs. While serving as dean, Leite taught a variety of classes on family policy, family dynamics, and family diversity. His interest in family policy is reflected in his development of the Ohio Alliance for Innovation in Population Health at Ohio University and the Institute for Child and Family Policy at Bowling Green State University. Randy has been a member of the ISBH board for the past four years.