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Prof. Michael J. Leahy

Professor and Director, Office of Rehabilitation and Disability Studies College of Education, Michigan State University,

Michael Leahy is a professor of rehabilitation counseling and director of the Office of Rehabilitation and Disability Studies. His continuing research interests include professional competency development and education, professionalization, regulation of practice, vocational assessment, disability and rehabilitation policy, case management practices, outcomes, evidenced-based practices in rehabilitation counseling, and services for individuals with intellectual disability and autism. He has published more than 150 referred journal articles, books, book chapters, and research monographs, and presented his research to a variety of rehabilitation and business audiences, including international presentations. He has also acted as the principal investigator and managed nearly 30 large-scale research, training and service delivery grant projects at the state, national and international levels, and has been the recipient of over 20 national research, teaching and service awards during his career.

Presentation Title: The MSU-DOCTRID Hegarty Fellows Programme: A Model for International, Collaborative, and Interdisciplinary Research in Intellectual Disability and Autism.

Summary: This presentation will focus on the MSU-DOCTRID Hegarty Fellows Programme which will provide support for three post doc researchers that will be co-located at Michigan State University and at one of the DOCTRID partner universities in Ireland to conduct empirical studies to inform policy and practice and identify new evidence-based practices, including the impact of technology, that can be effective in the delivery of services to individuals with significant intellectual disabilities and autism.