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Leila E. Harrison, PhD, MA, MEd
(née Diaz)

Vice Dean for Admissions, Student Affairs, and Alumni Engagement

Biography

Dr. Harrison joined the WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine team in early 2017 with the onset of the inaugural admissions season. She oversees the Office of Admissions, Student Affairs, and Alumni Engagement and has executive oversight of recruitment and admissions for the MD program, NEP and SHS graduate programs, the new MHAL program, and the ethics certificate. She oversees student affairs for the MD program as well as leads the college’s alumni engagement efforts across all degree-granting departments and programs. Her leadership in developing intentional, mission-aligned admissions processes using holistic review is followed by supporting students via holistic student affairs, and now includes the third critical step of providing strategic support for our alumni to effectively fulfill our college’s mission. She also holds a faculty appointment as Assistant Professor.

She has served in medical education since 2002 across three public medical schools in Texas and Washington. She has engaged in leadership at the national level through the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) serving as a Holistic Review facilitator, liaison for the Committee on Admissions (COA), member of the Western Group on Student Affairs Steering Committee, and faculty for the Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Certificate Program and as a faculty member on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Diversity Matters initiative.

She is originally from Las Cruces, New Mexico with family roots in the state going back at least four generations. She is Latina and a first-generation college graduate and the first in her extended family to earn a PhD. Her own background makes her passionate about encouraging any aspiring doctor to believe that future is possible. Throughout her career, she has advocated tirelessly for representation and inclusion within medical education and the healthcare workforce.

Education

  • PhD in Psychology, (Emphasis: Performance Psychology), 2018, Grand Canyon University
    Dissertation title: The Relationship Between Medical School Performance and Residency Placement Location for Nontraditional Medical Students
  • MEd in Counseling, 2006, University of North Texas
  • MA in Anthropology, (Emphasis: Cultural Anthropology), 2003, New Mexico State University
  • BA in Psychology, 2000, New Mexico State University

Presentation, teaching and research interests

  • UME Admissions – holistic review, outcomes, situational judgement tests, and process
  • Holistic review in graduate medical education selection
  • Advising and mentoring applicants on the road to applying (or reapplying) to medical school
  • Career advising and residency application mentoring
  • Cultural awareness and bias in healthcare and admissions
  • Student wellness, resilience, and emotional intelligence
  • Professionalism
  • Leadership

Selected Publications and Presentations

Harrison, L.E. (2022), T., Fletcher, L., Dunleavy, D., Price-Johnson, T., Kundu, R., Fogerty, G., & Berardi-Demo, L. Self-Reported Disadvantage in Medical School Admissions: A Call to Review, Revise, and Further Advance Holistic Review. Manuscript in in development for submission.

Harrison, L. E., Addams, A., Bailey, J., & Hansen, M.  (2022). Holistic Review in GME: Tangible Steps Forward to Meeting Program Mission at the National Residency Matching Program Conference, Coronado Island, CA.

Harrison, L. E. (2022). Working Together to Pave Pathways for American Indians and Alaska Natives into the Health Professions. Plenary (invited) at the National Association for Advisors in the Health Professions Conference, Denver, CO.

Harrison, L. E., Burch-Windrem, L., Ronnestad, R., & Lindquist, K. (2022). Holistic Student Affairs: Providing Mission-Aligned Students with Support Through the UME Continuum. Session presentation at the AAMC GSA-CiM-OSR National Meeting, Denver, CO.

Harrison, L. E., & Sivanesam, K. (2022). Partnering with Students to Recruit Mission-Aligned Applicants: Cougdoc Applicant Mock Interview. Session presentation at the AAMC GSA-CiM-OSR National Meeting, Denver, CO.

Cunningham, T., Price-Johnson, T., Harrison, L. E., Amiri, L., & Grabowski. (2022). Building a Community of Practice within Student Affairs and Admissions. Session presentation at the AAMC GSA-CiM-OSR National Meeting, Denver, CO.

Donald, C., Pinela, C., Harrison, L. E., & Crossen, E. (2022). Re-imagining Success for American Indians and Alaska Natives Along the Pathway to Medicine. Plenary (invited) at the AAMC WGEA Regional Conference, Portland, OR.

Harrison, L. E., & Bender, N. (2022). A Salmon’s Journey: Deconstructing Barriers for Aspiring Native American Health Professionals. Session Presentation (invited) at the Admissions Revolution: Bold Strategies to Diversifying the Healthcare Workforce Conference, Phoenix, AZ.

Harrison, L. E. (2022). Holistic Review and Mission-Alignment: Non-Traditional Medical Students and Residency Location. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Dean, T, Rosales, M., Richard, B., Harrison, L., Price-Johnson, T, Chan, B., & Sudweeks, R. (2021). Factors associated with differences in multiple mini interview ratings at three medical schools. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Nakae, S., Porfeli, E., Davis, D., Grabowski, C. J., Harrison, L. E., Amiri, L., & Ross, W. (2021). Enrollment management in undergraduate medical school admissions: A complementary framework to holistic review for increasing diversity in medicine. Academic Medicine, 96(4), 501-506. doi:10.1097/ACM.0000000000003866

Amiri, L., Blumberg, B., Davis, D., Grabowski, C., Harrison, L., Nakae, S., Porfeli, E., & Ross, W. (2021). Enacting Data in Enrollment Management and Holistic Review. Workshop presentation at the AAMC GSA/OSR Virtual Conference.

Sivanesam, K., & Harrison, L. E. (2021). Partnering with Students to Recruit Diverse and Mission-Aligned Applicants: The CAMI Project. Poster presentation at the AAMC GSA/OSR Virtual Conference.

Harrison, L. E., Rivera, R., Gay, S., & Castelan, F. (2020). Session presentation at the AAMC Learn Serve Lead Virtual Conference.

Grabowski, C., & Harrison, L. E. (2020). Medical School Admissions in the Time of COVID-19. IAMSE Seminar Mini-Series.

Harrison, L. E., Grabowski, C. J., Amiri, L., Nandagopal, R. & Sanker, R. (2020). Chapter 2 – Admission to US medical schools: From application to selection. In. R. Gotian, Y. Kang & J. Safdieh (Eds.), Handbook of research on the efficacy of training programs and systems in medical education (pp. 30-51). IGI Global. ISBN13: 9781799814689

Harrison, L. E., Garcia, D. H., & Arroliga, A. C. (2020). Chapter 6 – Positive affect and power and influence. In. J. F. Quinn & B. A. White (Eds.), Cultivating Leadership in Medicine. Kendal Hunt. ISBN: 9781792412615

Harrison, L. E. (2019). Using holistic review to form a diverse interview pool for selection to medical school. Manuscript submitted for publication. Baylor University Medical Center Proceedings, 32(2), 218-221. doi:10.1080/08998280.2019.1576575

Harrison, L. E., White, B. A., Hawrylak, K., & McIntosh, D. (2019). Explicit bias among fourth-year medical students. Manuscript accepted for publication in 2019.Baylor University Medical Center Proceedings, 32(1), 50-53. doi:10.1080/08998280.2018.1519519

Harrison, L. E., & Nandagopal, R. (2019). Medical Student Selection – Engaging Faculty and Community Members Across Regions in a Holistic, Mission-Aligned Process. Session presentation at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Group on Regional Medical Campuses Spring Meeting, Spokane, WA.

Nandagopal, R., & Harrison, L. E. (2019). So you want to build an Admissions Committee? And incorporate Holistic Review all the way through? How we got faculty on board and how you might, too! Session presentation at the AAMC WGEA/WGSA/WOSR Spring Meeting, Reno, NV.

Harrison, L. E., Dunleavy, D., & Geiger, T. (2018). Situational Judgement Test Update. Session presentation at the AAMC Learn Serve Lead Annual Conference, Austin, TX

Sanker, R., & Harrison, L. E. (2018). Development of Online Prehealth Professional Coursework. Session presentation at the National Association of Advisors in the Health Professions National Meeting, Washington, DC

Harrison, L. E., & McIntosh, D. (2018). Explicit Bias: Beginning the Conversation Earlier. Session presentation at the National Association of Advisors in the Health Professions National Meeting, Washington, DC

Grabowski, C. J., Harrison, L. E., & Ficalora, R. (2018). Impact of Holistic Review on Diversity and Mission: Experiences at Two Medical Schools and a Residency Program. Session presentation at the AAMC Continuum Connections Joint Meeting, Orlando, FL

Harrison, L. E., & Kimble, J. S. (2018). Using AMCAS Indicators Effectively in Your Admissions Process. Session presentation at the AAMC Continuum Connections Joint Meeting, Orlando, FL

Harrison, L. E., & McIntosh, D. (2018). Explicit Bias Among Medical Students: Themes and Insights. Session presentation at the AAMC Continuum Connections Joint Meeting, Orlando, FL

Espenschied, J. R., Harrison, L. E., Grossman, S. D., Roberts K. P., & Tomkowiak, J. M. (2018). The UME to GME Transition: A New Community-Based Medical School’s Approach to a Long-Standing Issue. Poster presentation at the AAMC Continuum Connections Joint Meeting, Orlando, FL

DeWitt, D., & Harrison, L. E. (2018). The potential impact of scribes on medical school applicants and medical students with new clinical documentation guidelines. Journal of General Internal Medicine. Doi: 10.1007/s11606-018-4582-8

Conrad, S., Harrison, L. E., & Nakae, S. (2018). Holistic Review: You’re More Than a Number. Session presentation for the AAMC Virtual Fair.

Harrison, L. E., White, B. A., & Sanker, R. (2017). Exposing premedical students to the full continuum and practice of a physician for informed decisions: Innovative partnership between an undergraduate program and a medical school. The Advisor, 9-13.

White, B. A., & Diaz, L. E. (2016). Social scientists in medical education: Important contributors to the educational missions. Reflective MedEd. Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

Sanker, R., Diaz, L. E., White, B. A. (2015). Guide to Becoming a Physician. (2nd ed.). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt. ISBN-9781465275097 (Textbook)

Diaz, L. E., & Amiri, L. (2016). Fundamentals of Pre-Medical Advising for New Advisors: Feedback from a Public and Private Medical School on Key Factors for Guiding Students. Session presentation for the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions National Meeting, Minneapolis, MN

Mitchell, K., Rijmen, F., Byrne, J., Witzburg, R., Diaz, L., & Amiri, L. (2016). The First Year of the New MCAT Exam. Plenary presentation for the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions National Meeting, Minneapolis, MN

Diaz, L. E., White, B. A., & Sanker, R. (2016). Exposing Pre-Medical Students to the Full Continuum and Practice of a Physician for Informed Decisions: Partnership Between an Undergraduate Program and Medical School. Poster for the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions National Meeting, Minneapolis, MN

Diaz, L. E., & White, B. A. (2016). Transformative and Reflective Learning Through a 4th Year Elective: Self and Culture. Poster for the Southern Group on Educational Affairs Regional Conference, Austin, TX

White, B. A., & Diaz, L. E. (2016). Practical Leadership: A 10 Hour Mini Elective to Jump Start Physician Leadership Skills. Poster for the SGEA Regional Conference, Austin, TX

White, B. A., & Diaz, L. E. (2016). Social Scientists in Medical Education: Important Contributors to the Educational Mission. Reflective MedEd. Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. 5 July 2016

Sanker, R., Diaz, L. E., White, B. A. (2014). Guide to Becoming a Physician. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt. ISBN-9781465247476 (Textbook)

Diaz, L. E., Demmler, M., DeVaughn, L., & Kahn, M. (2012). Admissions Strategies for Schools with Multiple Campuses. Presentation for the Joint Professional Development Conference for Admissions, Diversity Affairs, and Student Records Officers, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Leila Harrison
Leila E. Harrison, PhD, MA, MEd
Vice Dean for Admissions, Student Affairs, and Alumni Engagement

leila.harrison@wsu.edu
509-368-6830