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Hall Memorial Building (HMB)
202 651 5540
202 651 5747
||Irene W. Leigh, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
- Ph.D., New York University, Clinical Psychology, 1986
- M.A., New York University, Psychology, 1982
- M.A., New York University, Rehabilitation Counseling, 1969
- B.S., Northwestern University, Deaf Education, Highest Honors, 1966
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Irene W. Leigh, Ph.D., a deaf psychologist, has done high school teaching, psychological assessment, psychotherapy, and mental health administration. From 1985, when she completed her doctoral studies, to 1991 she worked at the Lexington Center for Mental Health Services, serving as Assistant Director the last two years. She has been a professor in the Gallaudet University Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program since 1992 and currently serves as Chair of the Department of Psychology. In addition to numerous presentations, she has published over 50 articles and book chapters, edited Psychotherapy with Deaf Clients from Diverse Groups (1999); co-authored Cochlear Implants in Deaf Children: Ethics and Choices (2002/2005) with John B. Christiansen, Ph.D., formerly of the Department of Sociology; Deaf People: Evolving Perspectives from Psychology, Education, and Sociology (2004) with Jean F. Andrews, Ph.D., of Lamar University and Mary T. Weiner, Ph.D., of the Department of Psychology; and authored A Lens on Deaf Identities (2009). Previous Gallaudet University service includes Chair of the Council on Graduate Education and Chair of the Gallaudet University Press Editorial Board. She has served the American Psychological Association in various roles including task force, committee, and board service. She has received several awards, including University Distinguished Faculty for 2003, and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. Currently, she is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individual Development, Socialization, and Mental Health Issues; Measurement of Depression, Parental Issues and Attachment, Cochlear Implantation Issues, Deaf-related Identity Issues, Disability Issues, Psychotherapy with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals.
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