College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Psychology

Celestina Barbosa-Leiker

Assistant Professor

College of Nursing

Ph. D. Washington State University, 2008



Contact Information:

Email: celestina@wsu.edu
Office: SNRS 414B (Spokane campus)
Phone: (509)324-7477


Research Interests:

Latent growth modeling of risk factors associated with Coronary Heart Disease

Invariance testing of health psychology surveys and diseases across groups and time

My main areas of interest are in structural equation modeling of health related data with emphasis on models of change over time and invariance testing across gender and occasion. Specifically, I analyze traditional and nontraditional risk factors associated with heart disease and the metabolic syndrome via latent growth modeling and mixture modeling, and I also assessed the psychometric properties of various psychosocial scales associated with heart disease. I am also interested in examining the role of mental illness and substance abuse in heart disease, particularly in rural populations.



Selected Publications :

Barbosa-Leiker, C. (in press). Factor analysis applied to the metabolic syndrome: A review. In L.V. Berhardt (Ed.), Advances in Medicine and Biology. Volume 59. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

Barbosa-Leiker, C., Ferent, V., McPherson, S., Lei, M., Wright, B.R., Hoekstra, T. & Kostick, M.L. (in press). Cross-sectional and Longitudinal Relationships between Perceived Stress and C-reactive Protein in Men and Women. Stress and Health

Barbosa-Leiker, C., McPherson, S., Cameron, J.M., Jathar, R., Roll, J., & Dyck, D. (in press). Depression as a mediator in the longitudinal relationship between stress and alcohol use in older adults. Journal of Substance Use and Misuse.

McPherson, S., Barbosa-Leiker, C., McDonell, M., Howell, D., & Roll, J. (in press). Longitudinal missing data strategies for substance use clinical trials using generalized estimating equations: An example with a buprenorphine trial. Human Psychopharmacology.

Wilson, M., Roll, J., Pritchard, P., Masterson, B., Howell, D., Barbosa-Leiker, C. (in press). Depression and pain interference among patients with chronic pain after emergency department encounters. Journal of Emergency Nursing.

Maldonado, A., Bray, B.S., Woodard, L.J., Barbosa-Leiker, C., Hardinger, K.L., Wu, V., & Hayney, M.S.(in press). Pharmacy Students Perceptions of Interprofessional Roles in the Solid Organ Transplant Setting. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education.

Hoekstra, T., Barbosa-Leiker, C, Twisk, J.W.R (in press). Vital Exhaustion and markers of low-grade inflammation in apparently healthy adults: The Amsterdam Growth and Health Longitudinal Study. Stress and Health.

Barbosa-Leiker, C., Kostick, M.L., Lei, M., McPherson, S., Ferent, V., Hoekstra, T., & Wright, B.R. (2013). Measurement invariance of the Perceived Stress Scale and latent mean differences across gender and time. Stress and Health. DOI: 10.1002/smi.2463

Hartley, T., Knox, S. Fekedulegn, D., Barbosa-Leiker, C., Violanti, J., Andrew, M., & Burchfiel, C. (2012). Association between depressive symptoms and metabolic syndrome among two cohorts of police officers. Journal of Environmental and Public Health. Volume 2012, Article ID 861219, doi:10.1155/2012/861219

McPherson, S., Barbosa-Leiker, C., Burns, G.L., Howell, D., & Roll, J. (2012). Missing Data in Substance Research: Current Methods and Modern Approaches. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 20, 243-250.

Daratha, K, Barbosa-Leiker, C., Burley, M., Short, R., Layton, M., McPherson, S., Dyck, D., Roll, J., McFarland, B., Tuttle, K. (2012). Patients with serious mental illness: A high-risk population for hospitalization. General Hospital Psychiatry, 34, 500-505.

McPherson, S., & Barbosa-Leiker, C. (2012). An example of a two-part latent growth curve model for semicontinuous outcomes in the health sciences. Journal of Applied Statistics, 39, 2113-2128.

McPherson, S., Barbosa-Leiker, C., Short, R., & Tuttle, K. (2012). Classification of Chronic Kidney Disease Biomarkers to Predict Coronary Artery Calcium. Kidney and Blood Pressure Research, 36, 26-35.

Hildenbrand, K., Barbosa-Leiker, C., & Melchior, D. (2012). Different Immersion temperatures’ impact upon blood pressure of individuals with varied sex and age. International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education, 6, 303-314.

Barbosa-Leiker, C., Wright, B.R., Burns, G. L., Parks, C.D., & Strand, P. (2011). Is the Assessment of the Metabolic Syndrome Stable Over Time? Testing Longitudinal Measurement Invariance of the Metabolic Syndrome. Annals of Epidemiology, 21, 111-117.

Wright, B., Barbosa-Leiker, C., Hoekstra, H.  (2011). Police Officers vs. Non-police Officer Status  and Perceived Stress as Longitudinal Predictors of Cardiovascular Risk Factors. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 53, 730-734.

Hoekstra, T., Barbosa-Leiker, C., Koppes, & Twisk, J. (2011). Thirty year developmental patterns of body fatness predict cardiovascular disease risk in a relatively healthy population. Journal of Longitudinal and Life Course Studies, 2 (3).

Hildenbrand, K., Freson, T. Barbosa-Leiker, C. Nordio, S., Becker, B., & Miller, A.J. (2011).The impact of an aquatic exercise protocol on physiologic measures within an asthmatic population. International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education, 5, 378-388.

Fluegel, S., Shultz, T., Powers J., Clark, S., Barbosa-Leiker, C., Wright, B., et al. (2010). Whey Beverages Decrease Blood Pressure in Young Hypertensive Men and Women. International Dairy Journal, 20, 753-760.

   Celestina Barbosa-Leiker
Department of Psychology, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164-4820, 509-335-2631, Contact Us