Deborah K. Circo, LIMHP, LISW, PhD
Social Work Department
985430 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, Ne 68198-5430
Phone: (402) 559-5735
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.
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
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.
- National Association of Social Workers
2010 Alumni Award for Excellence in Public Service, awarded by the College of Public Affairs and Community Services, University of Nebraska at Omaha