Dr. Leah Dunleavy, MA, BCBA, OTR/L, OTD

Clinic Director, Occupational Therapist, Behavior Analyst

Eyas Landing Employee Since 2013 

Education

Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy
University of Illinois at Chicago

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
University of Illinois at Chicago

Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis
with a Certificate in Autism

Ball State University

Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology
Ball State University

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Florida International University

Credentials and Certifications

  • Best in Patient Care nominee 
  • Certified to provide Early Intervention services in Illinois 
  • Therapeutic Listening (These interventions are not behavior-analytic in nature and are not covered by my BACB credential) 
  • Astronaut Training (These interventions are not behavior-analytic in nature and are not covered by my BACB credential) 
  • Handwriting without Tears (These interventions are not behavior-analytic in nature and are not covered by my BACB credential) 
  • Adjust Clinical Instructor, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Occupational Therapy: August 2016- December 2019

Clinical Expertise

  • Sensory integration with managing challenging behaviors (These interventions are not behavior-analytic in nature and are not covered by my BACB credential) 
  • Social emotional skills 
  • Executive functioning skills 
  • School-based services 
  • Leadership and management 

Publications

Dunleavy, L. (2017). Behavior modification and the intentional relationship: Combining perspectives for managing challenging behaviors. SIS Quarterly Practice Connections2(4), 7–9. 

Dunleavy, L. (2015). Evaluation of a continuing education course for occupational therapy practitioners on the use of applied behavior analysis. Occupational Therapy in Health Care, 29(1), 39-53. 

Dunleavy, L., Priessner, K., & Finlayson, M. (2013). Facilitating a teleconference-delivered fatigue management program: Perspectives of occupational therapists. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 80, 304-313. 

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My Story

I found behavior analysis and occupational therapy while pursuing my first Masters degree. I realized I loved psychology and wanted to help children with special needs. I ended up finding applied behavior analysis as I was taking elective courses to receive a Certificate in Autism; then I found occupational therapy after spending a summer being a behavior consultant at a camp and researching different therapies that worked with kids with autism. After reading about occupational therapy, I was hooked and applied to occupational therapy programs that fall.

My story at Eyas Landing began as a graduate student. I was paired with Dr. Laura Mraz for my business practicum. Through this practicum, Laura and I developed our therapeutic Summer Camp program. In the summer of 2013, I ran our first therapeutic camp! I loved being able to develop a curriculum, implement the curriculum, and see the kids progress and enjoy themselves. I continued working at Eyas Landing part time doing Early Intervention as I worked for Chicago Public Schools (CPS). After 2 years working for CPS, I made the leap to Eyas Landing full time, as the Director of Behavior Therapy where I began developing the Behavior Therapy department for Eyas Landing and what evolved into Blue Bird Day. In 2017, I became the Clinic Director at Eyas Landing.

My Eyas Landing

There are so many things I enjoy about Eyas Landing, but my short lists includes our culture—seeing everyone have the client’s best interest at heart; our families—the devotions our families have to their child and seeing how their work reaps so many benefits; the progress—how our clients, families, and therapists evolve from collaboration, mentorship, and care.

My Professional Goals

  1. Expand our programming to service young adults ages 18 and up for job training skills.  
  2. Create a mentorship program for disadvantaged teens and young adults who are interested in the pediatric world.  

Testimonials

Leah, you have been so helpful with this transition inside and outside of the clinic. You are a rockstar! Thank you for everything.

My Peers

Eyas Landing is a therapy clinic with a mission to provide evidence-based and family-centered therapy services for children, adolescents, and their families. The primary goal is to deliver relationship-based interventions within the most natural environments and to empower families to reach their full potential. To achieve this goal, our highly educated, compassionate staff dedicates time and expertise to create experiences that maximize therapeutic outcomes. The strength, determination, and perseverance of our clients are evident as they succeed in therapy, and ultimately in their daily lives.

Eyas Landing offers a wide range of comprehensive services including Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, ABA Therapy, Social Work, Family Therapy, and Neuropsych testing. Services are provided throughout the Chicagoland area via Telehealth, In-Home, and in our state of the art clinic.