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Valerie Leiter

Valerie Leiter

Director, Public Health Program; Professor of Sociology, Public Health, and MPP

Valerie Leiter
  1. 617-521-2217
  2. C-205A

Professor Leiter teaches courses on medical sociology, research methods, sociology of childhood and youth, and disability. She received the Irving K. Zola award for Emerging Scholars in Disability Studies in 2004 for her work on "Parental Activism, Professional Dominance, and Early Childhood Disability."

Professor Leiter is currently writing a book titled Their Time Has Come: Youth with Disabilities Entering Adulthood.

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  • American Sociological Association
  • Society for Disability Studies
  • Society for the Study of Social Problems

Awards & Honors

  • Irving K. Zola Award for Emerging Scholars in Disability Studies, Society for Disability


Doctor of Philosophy
Brandeis University

Harvard University

Bachelor of Arts
State University of New York at Albany