University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Psychological Science

Harold Leitenberg 2003 AABT Award Winner
The Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy

The University of Vermont Psychology Dept. is pleased to announce that Harold Leitenberg, Ph.D will be given The Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy's 2003 award for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual for Educational/Training Activities at their 9th Annual Awards and Recognition Presentation on Friday, November 21, 2003 at the Boston Marriott Hotel.

Nominated by UVM alumna Laura Gibson, Ph.D (2001), her nomination of Harold reads as follows:

"As teacher, mentor, clinical supervisor, researcher, author, and administrator, Dr. Leitenberg has had a major impact on the lives of his students as well as the field. One of the early leaders in behavior therapy, Dr. Leitenberg, in collaboration with Stewart Agras, M.D. and their students, conducted the seminal research on the development of exposure based treatments for specific phobias and agoraphobia."

"In 1969, Dr. Leitenberg became the founding Director of the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology at The University of Vermont, a program that quickly gained a reputation for excellence and for providing a true balance of clinical and research training. In 1972, he established The Behavior Therapy and Psychotherapy Center at The University of Vermont which provided clinical services to the community and funded six to 10 graduate students a year who worked in the Center. Dr. Leitenberg continued to direct The Behavior Therapy Center for 29 years, providing individual and group supervision to countless students over these years."

"He has had four books published and is the author and co-author of over 100 journal articles covering a wide range of topics. In 1976 he edited the first major graduate text in behavior therapy. Among his honors, he was named a University Scholar in 1982, and in 1993 was recognized as Graduate Teacher of the Year by the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools. In 2001, he was also the first ever recipient of the Vermont Psychological Association's Lifetime Achievement Award."

"Perhaps most importantly, in the context of the present award, he has been the dissertation advisor to 54 students, many of whom, in turn, have made important contributions to the field."

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