About Leslie | Founder + Editor in Chief

Leslie Waghorn HugEvery swimsuit season Leslie has 11 visible epidemiological talking points about the importance of the varicella vaccine. She acquired these scars during a bout with the chickenpox when she was 11 years old, which also put a big damper on Christmas 1992. While her scars make for interesting beach conversation with complete strangers, she’d prefer to awkwardly discuss other things at the beach.

Leslie is the mother of one very inquisitive preschooler and one very determined toddler. In addition to her role as a mother, Leslie is a freelance digital media strategist for public health and behavior change initiatives as well as the Founder and Editor in Chief of The Scientific Parent. She earned a double honors degree in Political Science and History from Carleton, University in Ottawa, and a Master of Arts in Health Communication from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

After spending a decade in Washington, DC she and her family recently relocated back to Ottawa, Canada.  In the little spare time that she has, Leslie can be found alternatively binge watching Netflix or sleeping. She really likes to sleep and doesn’t get to do it enough.

You can follow Leslie on Twitter at @lawaghorn where she tweets about the benefits of early childhood vaccines and occasionally Game of Thrones or send her an email at Leslie@TheScientificParent.org


About Leah| Editor at Large

Leah-TJ October 2014In January 2014, Leah A. Roman, MPH, MCHES and her husband welcomed their first child. Thomas (“TJ”) was born 8 weeks premature and spent a month in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) before he was ready to come home. Being a NICU mom has been life changing and motivates Leah to write about maternal and child health topics and engage with organizations that support NICU families.

Leah is a public health consultant and health educator living in the greater Philadelphia area. She has designed, delivered, and evaluated public health programs on a variety of topics from college health to occupational injury. In 2010 she started writing Pop Health– a blog that examined the intersection of public health and popular culture. It was named one of the Top 25 Public Health Blogs of 2012 by MPHOnline. Pop Health is now exclusively on Instagram.

In 2013, Leah launched Roman Public Health Consulting LLC to provide clients with tailored services in areas such as strategic planning, health communication, and health education. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of San Diego and a Master of Public Health degree from Boston University.  She also holds the designation as a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES). You can find her on Twitter where she goes by @LeahHealth