LeBlanc, Judith

Judith N.
LeBlanc, PhD
Year Inducted: 
1981
Judith LeBlanc
Highlights: 
  • Researcher and Coordinator for International Development at KU’s Schiefelbusch Institute for Research in Life Span Studies
  • 1991: received Outstanding Contribution Award for International Development from the Association for Behavioral Analysis
  • Member of Board of Directors and Director for Research Development for Annie Sullivan Enterprises, Inc.
  • 1985-1997: Director for Research and Training at the Centro de Educacion Especial Ann Sullivan in Lima, Peru
  • Director of the Edna Hill Child Development Laboratory and Director of the KU Institute for Research in Early Childhood Education of the Handicapped
  • Possesses Texas Lifetime Certificates for Teaching Elementary Education and Special Education 
Biography: 

Professor Emeritus of Applied Behavioral Science Judith LeBlanc, has contributed much to the University of Kansas, the nation, and the international community over her long career.  The sheer number of physical contributions is incredibly impressive, and the influence of her work has an even broader range.

Dr. LeBlanc received her BA in Psychology in 1957 from Southern Methodist University and her MA in Psychology in 1966 from Kansas State University at Pittsburg.  She then came to the University of Kansas for her PhD in Developmental and Psychology, which she earned in 1970.  She also did graduate work at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, the University of Denver in Colorado, and the University of Washington in Seattle, WA.  She went to Lamar University and the University of Houston, both in Texas, for her Education degrees, where she has Texas Lifetime Certificates for Teaching Elementary Education and Special Education.  Dr. LeBlanc taught Special Education children from 1958-1965 in Texas, Germany, and Colorado.

Dr. LeBlanc was an excellent teacher at the University of Kansas, being nominated for the H. Bernard Fink Outstanding Teacher Award and a Hope Award Finalist.  She has also served various positions in KU’s Department of Human Development, including Professor, Co-Chairperson, and Director of the Computer Learning Center.  She served the better part of the 1970’s as Director of the Edna Hill Child Development Laboratory at the University and as Director of the KU Institute for Research in Early Childhood Education of the Handicapped from 1977-1985.  Beginning as a Research Associate with the Schiefelbusch Institute for Research in Life Span Studies (then the Bureau of Child Research) at the University of Kansas in 1971, she actively researched for over 26 years there.  She now serves as their Coordinator for International Development, which she has led for 18 years.

Dr. LeBlanc is extremely devoted to promoting International Development and work abroad.  She served as the Director for Research and Training from 1985-1997 at the Centro de Educacion Especial Ann Sullivan in Lima, Peru,  for 10 years as Director of Ann Sullivan International Consultants, and since 1992 has been on the Board of Directors and Director for Research Development for Annie Sullivan Enterprises, Inc.,  located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  In 1991, she was honored by the Association for Behavioral Analysis with an Outstanding Contribution Award for International Development.

Beginning in 1967, she has served as a Consultant for over 40 programs.  She has produced several films and videocassettes; and authored over 50 articles and books, and presented symposiums or served as an advising paper co-author for another 110+; received 25 grants; been editor or reviewer for numerous journals, textbooks, and conferences, and is a member of a multitude of professional organizations.  She has been the speaker for nearly 200 presentations around the country and the world.               

Quotes: 
  •  We have choices – we can be happy and calm or unhappy and stressed – I prefer the former because it makes me feel good
  • If everyone treated others the way they want to be treated – Life would be greatly improved
  • Do something with your life that makes you feel good and you will be successful and happy 

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