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Sam Leonard, M.A

Name: Sam Leonard
Title: Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology
Credentials: M.A., M.S.

Experience: SaLem onard, M.A.,M.S., is a is a fifth-year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at the University of Houston. Sam has previously completed clinical practicums with the Lone Star Circle of Care federally qualified health clinic, the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, and the Houston Fire Department. At the Houston VA, he was involved in the Substance Disorders Treatment and General Mental Health Clinic Programs. His training places a strong emphasis on cognitive behavioral therapy and other evidenced based techniques. Sam has worked with clinical issues in adult populations such as: trauma, substance use, anxiety, depression, and insomnia.

Sam grew up in Craig, Colorado and graduated from Colorado State University in 2013 with a double major in Biomedical Sciences and Psychology. He completed his undergraduate honors thesis in a cognitive neuroscience research lab. After graduating, he served two years in AmeriCorps, primarily working with lower income and homeless populations in community non-profit and healthcare settings. This experience led to a role as a care coordinator for a combined assertive community treatment and integrated dual diagnosis behavioral healthcare team. Sam completed his M.S. in General Psychology at the University of Memphis in 2019 and his M.A. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Houston in 2020. Sam served as the Research Program Co-Coordinator of the Trauma and Stress Studies Center (TaSSC) at the University of Houston from August 2021 to July 2023. Sam has also contributed to 13 peer-reviewed manuscripts (4 first author) and two papers in final preparations for submission. He has also been an author on 15 national conference posters and 2 national symposia. Sam is also an instructor at the UH, and has taught an undergraduate level Biological Psychology course at the university for the past two years.

Specialized Trainings and Workshops:

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Substance Use Disorders
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBTi)

Professional Affiliations:

  • Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology at the University of Houston
  • Member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)
  • Member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS)
  • Member of the Association for Psychological Science (APS)


Client Focus:

Individuals, Couples, Adults, Older Adults

Types of therapy:


Presenting Issues:

(Standard) Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Addiction, Adjustment issues, Sleep issues

(Specialties) PTSD, substance use disorders, insomnia


$125 per each adult individual session