Leslie Barnes, who joined the Duke staff in July of 2006, serves as an Assistant Director of Athletics for Student-Athlete Development.
Barnes, who was Duke's Director of Student-Athlete Development from 2006-11 before being promoted to her current position, came to Durham after spending four years as life skills coordinator at The Ohio State University.
In July of 2018, Barnes was named to the newly-created Integrative Performance Excellence Group, a unit comprised of directors in the areas of Sports Performance, Athletic Medicine, Sports Nutrition and Behavioral Health, as well as individuals representing psychological services, team physicians and primary care physicians. The goal of this working group is to enhance the experience of Duke student-athletes by providing an integrative approach to the care of each individual athlete throughout his or her collegiate career while continuing to cultivate partnerships with the Duke University Hospital, Duke Sports Science Institute, Duke Student Health and Duke Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) as part of its holistic approach to student-athlete health.
Prior to arriving at Ohio State, Barnes was life skills coordinator/academic counselor at Utah State University (Sept. 2001-April 2003), was academic-athletic advisor/coordinator student-athlete recognition at Arizona State (Aug. 1999-Aug. 2000) and was the assistant academic counselor/intern at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (July 1997-July 1999).
Barnes is a native of Nebraska and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Nebraska Wesleyan in 1996. She received a Masters of Education in Counseling/Psychological Services from Springfield College in 1998.