Deborah Circo, LIMHP, LISW, PhD

Deb CircoDeborah K. Circo, LIMHP, LISW, PhD
Social Work Department
Munroe-Meyer Institute
985430 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, Ne 68198-5430

Phone: (402) 559-5735
E-mail: dcirco@unmc.edu


Professional Summary:

For over twenty years, Dr. Circo has devoted her career to issues that impact individuals with intellectual impairment and developmental disabilities. She has developed grant-funded programs and services that (1) enhance the well-being and social-emotional development of children and young adults with special needs; and (2) a sibling program for foster youth in out-of-home care and not living with their siblings. She has developed clinical services for families of children with behavioral problems as well as a training and mentoring program for graduate learners. She has currently consulting with Early Head Start staff and administrators through a Head Start and Early Head Start expansion grant in collaboration with agencies in Iowa. She is also an Assistant Professor and Director of Social Work at Munroe-Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation, University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Education:

PhD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, 2004
MA, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, 1999
MSW, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE, 1990
BS, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE, 1981

Courses Taught:

Graduate internships and practicum instructor for social work, counseling, and psychology students in all aspects of clinical training for behavioral health services.
Developmental Psychology (300 level)
Child Behavior & Development (300 level)
Introduction to Psychology (100 level)

Research Interests and Projects:

  • Consultant: American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009-Early Head Start Expansion Grant. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Administration for Children and Families, Early Head Start, in collaboration with West Central Community Action. 2 years $131,336.00. February 2010 – January 2012.
  • Principal Investigator: Double Fun on the Run. Nebraska Children and Families Foundation. Proposal developed to provide therapeutic visitation and compassionate friendship to siblings in the foster care system, 1 year, $55,000, July 2010 – June 2011. Submission is currently under review.
  • Principal Investigator: Fun on the Run. Grant funded by Nebraska Children and Families Foundation to provide therapeutic visitation to siblings in the foster care system, 1 year, $56,000. July 2009 – June 2010.
  • Consultant: Substance Abuse Training Initiative (SATI). Grant funded by Alegent Health to provide training to state-wide providers in the Matrix Model of Intensive Outpatient Services, 1 year, $18,500. July 2006 – August, 2007.
  • Principal Investigator: Contract with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services to provide home studies for prospective foster and adoptive families in the Omaha metro area, 5 years, $50,000. July 2005 – February 2010.
  • Postsecondary Academic Readiness and Success

Federal Grant Review:

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Grant Reviewer, July, 2009.
  • U.S. Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Site Reviewer, September - October 2006. Provide peer expertise regarding NIDRRs Disability Business Technical Assistance Centers (DBTAC).
  • U.S. Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Grant Reviewer, June 2005; April 2006; August 2006; September 2006; April 2007 (Chair); January 2008,
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children, Youth, and Families Grant Reviewer (Chair), July 2005. Served as Chair and expert on a panel review for the Early Learning Opportunities Act (ELOA) Discretionary Grant Review. .
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children, Youth, and Families Grant Reviewer, July-August 2006. Served as an expert on a panel review for the Office of Family Assistance (OFA) Discretionary Grant Review. Provided peer expertise regarding federal grant applications for the Healthy Marriage grant initiative competition.

Selected Publications: (within the last 5 years)

  • Circo, D. K.,& Matthews, J. (2010). Facing the challenges of living with a progressive neuromuscular disease. Munroe-Meyer Institute Symposium 2010; A Multi-disciplinary Health Care Approach for Childhood Muscular Dystrophies. April 23-24, 2010.
  • Circo, D. K., & Smith, M., (2009). Facing the challenges of full community participation. Munroe-Meyer Institute Symposium 2009; A Multi-disciplinary Health Care Approach for Individuals with Down Syndrome. April 25, 2009.

Professional Affiliations:

  • National Association of Social Workers

Awards:

2010 Alumni Award for Excellence in Public Service, awarded by the College of Public Affairs and Community Services, University of Nebraska at Omaha

 

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