Dr. Ann Marie T. Leonard-Zabel

Ed.D., Nova Southeastern University
C.A.G.S., University of Massachusetts/Boston
M.Ed., Bridgewater State University
B.A., University of Massachusetts/Boston

Dr. Ann Marie Leonard-Zabel is a Full Professor of Psychology at Curry College. In addition, she served as one of the developers of the Psychology internship program as well as a faculty advisor for students pursuing their internship in the field of Psychology. She periodically lectures within the Master's of Education Program-Special Education cohort focusing in the area of Assessment. She received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts/Boston, a Master's degree from Bridgewater State University, a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies Degree from the University of Massachusetts/Boston, and her Doctorate Degree from Nova Southeastern University. In addition, Dr. Leonard-Zabel completed graduate course work in Paralegal Studies, a post-doctoral fellowship in Attentional Disorders and post-doctoral training in Special Education Law, Neuropsychology, Forensics and Homeland Security. In addition, Dr. Leonard-Zabel owns a private international practice specializing in evaluations and consultation for neuro-behavioral learning disabilities, neuro-developmental disorders, emotional-behavioral difficulties, forensic examiner evaluations and substance abuse.

Dr. Leonard-Zabel served 16-years as a voluntary member on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts School Psychologist Association and served as an Executive Board Member of the American Board of School Neuropsychology. For the past 9 years, she has served as a clinical instructor and supervisor for a Post-Graduate/Post-Doctoral Hybrid Model Program for the KidsInc School Neuropsychology Certificate Program. She assists with training professionals in the United States and abroad to be board certified by the American Board of School Neuropsychology. She holds national, diplomat and fellow certifications in the field of School Neuropsychology, School Psychology, Homeland Security, Forensic Counseling, Clinical Counseling, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Addictions, and Disability Analysis.

Recently, she was awarded Emeritus Status from the American Board of Disability Analysts attesting to the highest level of skill and expertise in area of Disability Analysis. This past year she was recognized in the American Psychological Association Journal (APA) under the personality and achievement section. The APA Journal is distributed to 100,000 members annually. Most recently, Dr. Leonard-Zabel was awarded the Distinguished Leadership Circle of Directors from the American Board of Disability Analysts and was awarded the title of Honorary Founding Faculty Member for the American College of Disability Analysts. In August 2014 she was invited as the Keynote Speaker at the F.L. Chamberlain International School's graduation ceremony. Her topic: "Inspiration for Your Life." In May 2015, Dr. Leonard-Zabel received two awards from Curry College: "Person of the Year" and "Excellence in Teaching-Research." In addition, Dr. Leonard-Zabel was recognized and awarded during the summer of 2015 with the  Diplomat credential from the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security.

Dr. Leonard-Zabel was unanimously elected to serve a three-year term on the Learning Disabilities Worldwide Congress Board of Directors (LDW). She will be participating in the LDW World Conference serving as the Chairperson for the Research Poster Sessions as well as conducting two presentations in 2015. In addition, she was appointed to serve as one of the Associate Editors for "Insights on Learning Disabilities: From Prevailing Theories to Validated Practices" which is a peer-reviewed journal, published bi-annually by LDW.  Dr. Leonard-Zabel was recently recruited and appointed to both the Editorial Board for the Journal of Psychology & Clinical Psychiatry and the Editorial Board of the International Journal of School and Cognitive Psychology.

Dr. Leonard-Zabel is a presenter at national and international conferences on an ongoing basis. In the summer 2015 she presented at the International School Neuropsychology Summer Institute on the Neuro-Profiling of the Hijacked Brain: Adolescent Addiction- Assessment, Diagnosis and Intervention.  As a result of excellent reviews, she was asked to conduct two webinar trainings for the American Board of School Neuropsychology on the Hijacked Brain as well as Ethical and Legal Dilemmas Impacting School Neuropsychological Practice.  In addition, she was elected by several senior students at the Curry College High Honor Seniors Event held in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015 as the one who was most influential in their academic achievement of success and mentorship. In 2014, she was one of several professors recognized by the Alexander Graham Bell Honor Society - Curry College Division - for excellence with student mentorship and being influential with student achievement. She was chosen to be the Fall 2014 Curry College Convocation Faculty Speaker which is an event welcoming incoming freshman to the college. Currently, Dr. Leonard-Zabel is working on developing the Psychological Practice Assistant Concentration Program within the Psychology Department.

Dr. Leonard-Zabel's research interests include Neuropsychology, Learning Disabilities, Social-Emotional Disorders, Forensics, Ethical & Legal Issues, Disability Law, Military Psychology, Addictions, the Neuropsychological Impact of Cancer Treatment on the Pediatric Brain and the Neuropsychological Effects of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) on the Developing Child and Adolescent Brain.  She has written and presented national/international professional webinars, journal articles and chapters for textbooks. Dr. Leonard-Zabel serves as a reviewer of textbooks for publication as well as participates in research involving several testing batteries, for which she is acknowledged for her contributions within the manuals.

The joy and love of her life includes her husband, adult children, grandchildren, traveling and flying to various locations, learning different languages, among other interests.

Dr. Ann Marie T. Leonard-Zabel

Name: Ann Marie Leonard-Zabel

Department: Psychology

Title: Professor

Phone: (617)333-2292

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