Michael Leahy

Michael J. Leahy


University Distinguished Professor Emeritus, C-RAIND co-founder and inaugural Co-director
Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education



Michael Leahy is professor of rehabilitation counseling and director of the Office of Rehabilitation and Disability Studies at Michigan State Univerity. He has a doctorate in Rehabilitation Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and more than 35 years of experience in rehabilitation as a counselor, administrator, researcher, and educator.

He is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC). His continuing research interests include professional competency development and education, professionalization, regulation of practice, disability and rehabilitation policy, vocational assessment, case management practices and employment outcomes for people with disabilities. He also studies evidenced-based practices in rehabilitation counseling, and services for individuals with intellectual disability and autism.

He has held past positions as the president of the National Council on Rehabilitation Education, chair of the Alliance for Rehabilitation Counseling, and president of the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA). He is the director and principal investigator for MSU-DOCTRID International Research Institute (Hegarty Fellows Program and the EU Marie Curie ASSISTID COFUND Project) and is a co-director of the MSU interdisciplinary institute of RAIND.

He has published more than 175 referred journal articles, books, and research monographs, and presented his research to a variety of rehabilitation and business audiences. He has served as principal investigator for nearly 30 large-scale grant projects, and has received more than 20 national research and professional service awards during his career.

Leahy is co-director of the Michigan State University Research on Autism, Intellectual and other Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (RAIND) initiative (with Nigel Paneth).

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