University of Vermont

Faculty Biography

Faculty Biography | George Leibowitz

George Leibowitz

George Leibowitz, Ph.D.Associate Professor

Contact Information:
443 Waterman Building
(802) 656-5576

George Stuart Leibowitz, Ph.D., LICSW is an Associate Professor at the University of Vermont Department of Social Work and teaches courses in social theory, mental health, substance abuse, policy, and practice. Dr. Leibowitz is also Co-Principal Investigator of the Title IV E Child Welfare Traineeship grant. His clinical practice experience involves interventions with youth, and conducting mental health and psychosexual evaluations in juvenile justice settings. His consulting, training, and research interests include co-occurring disorders and trauma and dissociation among adolescents, and the assessment and treatment of sexually abusive youth and adult offenders, restorative justice, family-based interventions, and international social work, with ongoing collaborative projects on mental health and sexual abuse in India and Scotland.

Areas of Expertise:

Addictions/Substance Abuse; Adolescent Development; Assessment and Evaluation; Child and Family Welfare; Criminal Justice; Mental Health; Psychology; Race and Racism; Research Methods; Social Theory; Social Welfare


Selected Publications

  • Leibowitz, G.S., & Robinson, S.L. (2015). A developmental approach to working with sexually abusive youth. In LeCroy, C.W., & Anthony, E.K. (Eds.) Case studies in child, adolescent, and family treatment (2nd Ed.) (pp. 86-109). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley & Sons.
  • Maschi, T., Leibowitz, G.S., & Mizus, L. (in press). Best practices for assessing and treating older-adult victims and offenders. In K. Corcoran (Ed.), Social Workers’ Desk Reference (3rd Edition). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Leibowitz, G.S., Akakpo, T., & Burton, D.L. (2015). Comparison of non-sexual crimes committed by juvenile sexual offenders and delinquent youth in residential treatment in the USA. Journal of Sexual Aggression: An international, interdisciplinary forum for research, theory and practice. DOI:10.1080/13552600.2015.1026854  [abstract]
  • Ryan, S.M., Leibowitz, G.S., Nauheimer, J., & Mackie, P.F.E. (2014). Differences between Children and Youth with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders: Implications for Prevention, Assessment and Treatment in Rural Social Work. Contemporary Rural Social Work, 6, 40-57.  [abstract]
  • Marini, V., Leibowitz, G.S., Burton, D.L., & Stickle, T.R (2013). Victimization, substance use, and sexual aggression in male adolescent sexual offenders. Criminal Justice & Behavior (20) 10, 1-15. DOI: 10.1177/0093854813507567  [abstract]
  • Leibowitz, G.S., Burton, D.L., & Howard, A. (2012). Part II: Differences between sexually victimized and nonsexually victimized adolescent sexual abusers and delinquent youth: Further group comparisons of developmental antecedents and behavioral challenges. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 21, 315-326.
  • Leibowitz. G.S. (2012). Correlates of modus operandi (coercion and force) among male sexually victimized adolescent sexual abusers: An exploratory study. Journal of Forensic Social Work, 2, 94-107.
  • Burton D.L., Leibowitz, G. S., Booxbaum, A., & Howard, A. (2011). Comparison by crime type of juvenile delinquents on pornography exposure: The absence of relationships between exposure to pornography and sexual offense characteristics. Journal of Forensic Nursing, 6, 121-129.  [abstract]
  • Leibowitz, G.S., Laser, J.A., Burton, D.L. (2011). Exploring the relationships between dissociation, victimization, and juvenile sexual offending. Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, 12 (1), 38-52.  [abstract]
  • Burton, D.L., Duty, K.J.,& Leibowitz, G.S. (2011). Differences between sexually victimized and nonsexually victimized male adolescent sexual abusers: Developmental antecedents and behavioral comparisons. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 20 (1), 77-93.  [abstract]
  • Burton, D.L., Leibowitz, G.S, Eldredge, M.A., Ryan, G., & Compton, D. (2011). The relationship of trauma to non-sexual crimes committed by adolescent sexual abusers: A new area of research. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, & Trauma, 20 (5), 579-593.
  • Das, S., & Leibowitz, G.S. (2010). Mental health needs of people living with HIV/AIDS in India: A literature review. AIDS Care: Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV, 23 (4), 417-425.
  • Laser, J.A. & Leibowitz, G.S. (2009). Promoting positive outcomes for healthy youth development: Utilizing social capital theory. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 36 (1), 85-100.  [abstract]

Courses Taught in the Last 5 Years

Addressing Substance Abuse in Social Work Practice; Assessment in Social Work; Child Abuse and Neglect; Social Work Practice in India; Theoretical Foundations of Human Behavior in the Social Environment


  • Ph.D. in Social Work from University of Denver
  • M.S.W. in Social Work from University of Denver

Awards & Honors

  • Richard P. Kluft Award Best Article from Journal of Trauma and Dissociation: Exploring the relationships between dissociation, victimization, and juvenile sexual offending (2011)

Licensure or Certifications

  • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, State of Vermont

Professional Associations

  • Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA), National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR)