J. Michael Leibowitz Interview and Transcript

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Dr. J. Michael Leibowitz began his career as UNMC nearly 41 years ago, where he has spent the majority of his time in the Munroe-Meyer Institute, as both the director of the Nebraska Center for Disabilities at MMI and the deputy director of MMI over the past 10 years. Before he launched his career at UNMC as director of psychological services, Dr. Leibowitz worked at John Hopkins University, where he was associate director of psychological services at the Kennedy Institute. Dr. Leibowitz’s research interest is in developmental disabilities and analysis and remediation of behavior problems in young children. He taught a graduate course in child behavior in young children. He taught a graduate course in child behavior analysis on campus for University of Nebraska at Omaha students for many years and serves on numerous doctoral committees.

Leibowitz begins his interview describing his early education and the start of his career at the Kennedy Institute. He details coming to UNMC at the same time funding was changing for an interdisciplinary, university-affiliated program. He discusses starting a state-wide training program for early childhood intervention, the search for a new director and becoming the associate director of the Munroe-Meyer Institute. Leibowitz details the growth in autism support, genetics, the physical campus and Camp Munroe. He describes the department separating from the Department of Pediatrics. He discusses becoming the director, expanding psychologic services state-wide and the speech language and motion analysis lab. Leibowitz concludes his interview describing his life in retirement, the expansion to the Aksarben campus and the overall collaboration and generosity in Nebraska that supported the institute.

Subject(s): Monroe-Meyer Institute
Leibowitz, J. Michael

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