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Blackman Lecture > Complete List

Dr.  Leonard Blackman began his professional experiences while working with Bernard Farber, the "father of sibling and family research." Upon completion of his doctoral training. Dr. Blackman became the Director of Research of the Edward R. Johnstone Training and Research Center, a NJ state institution for  people with mental retardation. When he arrived at Teachers College in 1962, his Blackman book talk 2011background in working with individuals with mental retardation and understanding how they learn was well established. In fact, at the time of his appointment to the College, he was the Principal Investigator of the "Teaching Machine Project" at the Johnstone Center which pioneered the use of computers to teach people with mental retardation. Professor Blackman completed numerous research projects and publications. The studies focused on how children with mental retardation learn; the role of psychological factors and strategies; vocational issues; and ethical concerns, such as whether the death penalty should be considered for people who have mental retardation.

He was the founding director of the Research and Demonstration Center for the Education of Handicapped Children at Teachers College, the predecessor of the Center for Opportunities and Outcomes.  In 2009 he published his memoir (The Psychle of My Life) and was featured at a Book Talk at Teachers College in 2011 during the
When Worlds Collide 2011 Conference(Note:Book Talk audio available on Conference site.)

 Blackman Lectures 2000 - Present

May, 2013
"Pathways to Decision Making: A Bridge to Empowerment"
Linda Hickson, PhD - Director, Center for Opportunities & Outcomes for People with Disabilities, Professor of Education, Program in Intellectual Disabilities/Autism, Teachers College, Columbia University

March, 2012
"DSM-5 and Autism Spectrum Disorders"
Catherine Lord, PhD - Director, Center for Autism and the Developing Brain,Weill Cornell Medical College/New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center
May, 2011
"Toward a Positive Psychology of Intellectual Disabilities"
Elisabeth Dykens, PhD - Professor of Psychology and Human Development, Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, Director of Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development, Co-Director of University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
April, 2010
"Joint Attention, Neural Networks and Social Learning in Autism"
Peter Mundy, PhD -
Lisa Capps chair in Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Education, School of Education and Department of Psychiatry, Director of Education Research, M.I.N.D. Institute, University of California at Davis

April, 2009
"Early Diagnosis of Autism:  Issues and Strategies"
Wendy Stone, PhD - Director, Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD); Professor of Pediatrics and Psychology, Vanderbilt University

April, 2008
"A Rose by Naming: How to Develop Incidental Language Acquisition in Children"
R. Douglas Greer, PhD
- Professor of Psychology and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

April, 2007
"Identification and Individual Differences in Core Deficits"
Marian Sigman, PhD - Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, Director of Center for Autism Research and Treatment
March, 2006
"Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder"
Jack Scott, PhD - Director of the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at Florida Atlantic University, Associate Professor in the Department Exceptional Student Education
April, 2005
"Alzheimer's Disease in Adults with Mental Retardation: The Impact of Individual Differences on Risk"
Warren B. Zigman, PhD - Senior Research Scientist, New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities, Staten Island, New York
April, 2004
"A Cognitive Model for Understanding the Social Behavior of Children with Mental Retardation: A Springboard to Social Skills Instruction"
Gary N.Siperstein, PhD
- Director, Center for Social Development and Education, Professor, University of Massachusetts Boston
April, 2003
"Positive Psychology and Rearing Children with Developmental Disabilities: Still happy after all these years?"
Laraine Masters Glidden, PhD - St. Mary's College of Maryland
April, 2002
"80 Years of Special Education: Where have we been and where are we going?" 
Keynote Lecture: Fred Weintraub, Education Consultant; Alan Abeson, EdD, Former Executive Director of the ARC of the United States; Margaret Jo Shepherd, EdD; Frances P. Connor, EdD; Leonard S. Blackman, PhD
March, 2001
"Treating Sex Offenders with Intellectual Disability"
William R. Lindsay, PhD - Professor and Head of Clinical Psychology Services, Chair of Learning Disabilities, Unversity of Abertay, Dundee, Scotland
March, 2000
"Looking ahead: Policy and Advocacy for Individuals with Disabilities and their Families"
H. Rutherford TurnBull, III, LL.M. - Professor, Beach Center on Families and Disabilities, Bureau of Child Research and Department of Special Education, University of Kansas.