Her primary research interests include addressing barriers to leisure of family caregivers as well as empowering girls and women with disabilities through physical activity.
Her work has been published in a variety of books and journals including the Journal of Leisure Research, Leisure Sciences, International Journal of Stress Management, Journal of Park and Recreation Management, Therapeutic Recreation Journal, and Annual in Therapeutic Recreation.
Leandra has served on the Board of SPRE, and has held leadership positions in both state and national organizations in the field.
She has been honored as Distinguished Fellow of the American Therapeutic Recreation Association, Fellow of North Carolina Recreation and Park Association, Centennial Leader, School of Health and Human Performance, East Carolina University, Scholarly Achievement Award, by American Therapeutic Recreation Association, and Gail M. Hennis Graduate Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, School of Health and Human Performance, UNC-Greensboro
In her leisure time Leandra can be found hiking, biking, watching mystery movies, gardening and buying things she doesn’t need at antique auctions.