- Severe Intellectual Disabilities
Applied Behavior Analysis
Melissa Leontovich, Ph.D., is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, Special Education, and Communication Disorders at Georgia State University. She coordinates the Introduction to Special Education course that all GSU College of Education majors are required to pass. She is active in the development of both traditional and online classes.
Leontovich taught students with moderate and severe intellectual disabilities for six years in the Cobb County, Georgia public school system. She served as a behavior invention specialist and intellectual disabilities specialist in Cobb before joining Georgia State University. While at GSU, Leontovich also spent ten years working with the Georgia State Department of Education implementing their Best Practices for Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in the General Education Classroom project.
Leontovich earned her B.S. at the University of Mississippi and her M.Ed. and Ph.D. at Georgia State. She continues to focus on preparing teachers to work with students with disabilities in the least restrictive environment, supervising student teachers and perfecting effective instructional practices for students with moderate and severe intellectual disabilities.
Colarusso, R., O’Rourke, C., & Leontovich, M. (Eds.) (2013). Special education for all teachers (6th Ed.). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.
O’Rourke, C. & Leontovich, M. (2013). Teaching every student: A mandate for today. In R. Colarusso, R., O’Rourke, C., & Leontovich, M. (Eds.). Special education for all teachers (6th Ed.). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.
Patton-Terry, N. & Leontovich, M. (2013). Students with learning differences affecting achievement. In R. Colarusso, R., O’Rourke, C., & Leontovich, M. (Eds.). Special education for all teachers (6th Ed.). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.
Alberto, P., Fredrick, L., Hughes, M., McIntosh, L., & Cihak, D. (2007). Components of visual literacy: Teaching logos. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 22, 232-241.
Alberto, P., Alldread-Hughes, M., & Waugh, R. (2006). Studenrts with moderate and severe mental retardation. In R. Colarusso & C. O’Rourke (Eds.). Special education for all teachers (4th Ed.). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.
Alldread-Hughes, M., Alberto, P., & Fredrick, L. (2006). Self-operated auditory prompting systems as a function-based intervention in public community settings. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 8, 230-243.