An Inspiration in Our Field: A warm congratulations goes out to Dr. Irene W. Leigh, who is this year’s recipient of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Larry Stewart Award. Dr. Stewart was a well-known Deaf psychologist and professor. The award, presented every two years, honors an individual in the field of psychology, whose research, theory, or practice, reflect Dr. Stewart’s belief that all people share a psychology and humanity, no matter their hearing status.
A professor of clinical psychology at Gallaudet, Dr. Leigh is one of the hardest working Deaf professors we know. She is editor of Psychotherapy with Deaf Clients from Diverse Groups, a book that we often refer to in our research. A dynamic professor, she has a knack for engaging students in stimulating classroom discussions. Dr. Leigh was instrumental in facilitating Candace’s appointment to the APA Working Group on Same-Sex Families and Relationships. We admire and appreciate her dedication to mentoring Deaf professionals and students. Congratulations to a terrific role model!