Leslie Beebe MSN, RN
Senior Lecturer

Leslie Beebe received her BSN from Spalding College in 1978 and her MSN from the University of Kentucky in 1988. She has been in the field of psychiatric nursing for the past 41 years. She has worked as a nurse care manager at several inpatient psychiatric units in Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee prior to joining the College of Nursing. Those units included work with adolescent, adult and substance abuse patients. In 2000, she began teaching in the college of Nursing undergraduate program.

She is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA), Kentucky Nurses Association (KNA), and serves as a member and board member of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI). She is on the board of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). She formerly served as a board member of the Lexington Dream Factory for 16 years, and was actively involved with the Nurses Assisting Nurses (NAN) program. 

Awards include the 2015 Louise J. Zegeer Award; 2017 UK College of Nursing True Blue ABC Award; 2017 College of Nursing Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award; 2019 NAMI Pioneer Award; and the 2019 Lifetime White Tiger Award for the ongoing high performance partnership between the College of Nursing and The Learning Center. Furthermore, she received the 2014 Golden Apple Award, given by the Lexington Commerce for the ongoing, high-performance partnership between the College of Nursing Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Faculty and The Learning Center by providing an "exceptional commitment of time, energy and expertise with a focus on student achievement." Her areas of interest include working with the chronically mentally ill, and those suffering with substance use disorder.

In her spare time, Leslie enjoys spending time with her two adult children and feisty goldendoodle.

Contact Information

Phone: (859) 323-0282

Fax: (859) 323-1057




MSN, University of Kentucky, 1988
BSN, Spalding College, 1978


Working with the chronically mentally ill, the underserved, and the chemically dependent


Leslie Beebe's CV