Public Health & Health Services Administration

Christine Leistner, Ph.D

Christine Leistner, PhD is a sexual and relationship health scientist and assistant professor in the Department of Public Health and Health Services Administration at CSU, Chico. Her background is in community development and public health with a focus on sexual and relational health. Her research interests include investigating the ways in which individuals and couples maintain satisfying sexual lives (particularly individuals and couples with children). Dr. Leistner is also interested in research addressing the ways trauma is associated with sexual and relational health outcomes across the lifespan.   


As an instructor, Dr. Leistner utilizes an experiential learning and student-centered approach. She teaches Human Sexuality, Research Methods and Evaluation in Health, International Health, and Planning Public Health Programs at Chico State.  

Dr. Leistner is passionate about promoting comprehensive sexuality education in the North State and beyond. She is also passionate about addressing local issues including sex trafficking in the North State and serves on the local Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Commission
Portrait of Christine Leistner, Ph.D