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Psychology Journal
P.O. Box 176
Natchitoches , Louisiana 71458
United States

Company Description: Psychology Journal publishes from ALL areas of psychology (i.e., clinical, social, personality, experimental, teaching, and physiological) as well as related fields...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • M. A.
    Carleton University
  • B.A.
    Carleton University
  • Ph.D. , Clinical Psychology
    Arizona State University
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Editorial Board - Psychology Journal, 23 Dec 2014 [cached]
Len Lecci, Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Wilmington
News Brief, 20 June 2004 [cached]
This is normal, but at some point it could indicate the early stages of a real problem," said Len Lecci, a clinical psychologist and associate professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
However, Lecci noted that most family doctors aren't trained to detect memory loss in their patients.This is supported by the most recent Surgeon General report which showed that fewer than 3 percent of cases with mild to moderate dementia and less than 25 percent of those with severe dementia are detected by their physicians.
"Your odds are almost like winning a lottery if early signs of memory loss are noticed by a family physician," Lecci said.
Lecci explained that the only way to determine if memory is declining is by doing a baseline assessment and taking follow-up tests.He compared it to tracking a hurricane - measuring more than once is the only way to document movement (change) and the more points of reference one has the better one can project the future track it will take.
Lecci also pointed out that a particular challenge is detecting memory problems in people who start out with above-average memory.
"It's when your memory is fine," Lecci emphasized.Early assessment is critical because medications are available to prevent further memory loss, but nothing is available to recover memory once it is lost.
"There are centers, and doctors, who do memory assessments or work with people already suffering severe memory loss.But the goal of MARS is to target a different group; those who do not currently think they have a memory problem," Lecci said.
"The idea of a regular memory check-up may sound new now, but that would have been the case for mammograms or prostate exams years ago," Lecci said.
Lecci agreed.
Dr. Len Lecci is the ..., 1 Jan 2008 [cached]
Dr. Len Lecci is the clinical director of MARS and a psychology professor at UNC Wilmington.He and other UNCW professors started the program in hopes of helping the community.It turned out, people from all across the country wanted to take advantage of the services.
"What were trying to do is detect it when it's still considered a mild cognitive impairment," said Lecci.
Here's how it works.A person can get their first mental check up when they are in their mid 50's.A year later, they get checked again to see if there is any memory loss.
Lecci said, "If we can detect a change at that point, then what we do is refer to their physician."
MARS doctors then recommend treatments to the patients' primary care physician.The most common treatment is medication.
"They protect the neuron from the plaque that occurs with things like Alzheimer's and dementia," said Lecci.
"What we are basically doing is making it so the symptoms don't present themselves in a severe enough way prior to your life expectancy," said Lecci.
Harrogate | A portrait of Harrogate… [cached]
by Dr. Len Lecci,Director of Clinical Services for MARS Memory-Health Network and Professor of Psychology at University of North Carolina, Wilmington
Dr. Lecci will present a version of this article to Ocean County residents at Harrogate Retirement Community on October 17, 2013.
New Page 1, 22 Dec 2001 [cached]
Len Lecci, University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Len B. Lecci is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.He received his B.A. and M. A. from Carleton University, and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Arizona State University.His research interests include motivational underpinnings of hypochondriasis, depression, anxiety, and pain, and assessment of personality variables as predictors of psychiatric disorders.
Recent publications include a report on the perceptual consequences of an illness concern induction and its relation to hypochondriacal tendencies (with Len Lecci), the motivational and perceptual underpinnings of hypochondriasis, processing of anger-related information in maritally violent and nonviolent men, and perceptions of susceptibility to HIV infection.
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