Dr Festin is professor in the College of Medicine. His primary appointment is in Obstetrics and Gynecology, as Vice Chair for Academic Affairs for Undergraduate Programs, supervising the Learning Unit course coordinators from LU3 to LU7. He was a well-remembered residency training officer from two decades ago and has worked for Graduate Programs, supervising the MS Clinical Medicine and the postgraduate courses. Presently, he coordinates the clinical and research electives for medical students. He was involved in the development of the MSCM in the 1990s and now being updated. He has a joint appointment at the Department of Clinical Epidemiology where he was founding chair of the department, after working for the approval as a separate department having established undergraduate courses and a graduate program. He coordinated undergraduate CE courses in the 1990s and 2000s. He served in the MSCE program as thesis mentor and panel member. He was previously awarded the Lino Ed Lim Award for Outstanding Medical Teacher in the Clinical Sciences in 2007. He was also the Most Outstanding Alumnus of the NTTC HP during the UP Manila Alumni Homecoming in 2004, and UPMAS Outstanding Researcher in 2004.
The core of teaching psychiatry and mental health lies in encouraging learners to be aware, sensitive and compassionate beyond being knowledgeable in the field. As a mentor, Dr. Leynes emphasizes the need to listen and observe. When she was the Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, she led the faculty at developing a curriculum (OSI) that included a holistic understanding of the person not only biologically but also psychosocially. With her background in Clinical Epidemiology, she organizing training and supervision of residents and fellows in research thus improving the quality and research output of the department.
As Director of Gender and Women Studies, she conducted training seminars on gender rights and sexual harassment for the different colleges of UP- Manila as well as for the offices of the Philippine General Hospital. As a psychiatrist working with the Child Protection Unit, she has given lectures on child abuse to different sectors of society.
Throughout her career, Dr. Leynes brought mental health education to the community. As founding president of the Philippine Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, she organized seminars on child mental health directed at school personnel and parents in various parts of the Philippines. As an individual, she continues to educate mental health workers in the communities of Naga in the detection and management of child mental health problems.