Myrna E. Libby spent more than 30 years treating and educating children with special needs. She came to NECC as the first director of the Staff Intensive Unit and later became the Clinical Director. She conducted important research – some of it groundbreaking – focusing on techniques and strategies designed to more effectively teach children with autism to lead independent and productive lives. She was a gifted teacher, a skilled clinical psychologist, a mentor, and an accomplished researcher. She was one of the principal intellectual architects who helped create the internationally recognized program that NECC has become.
The Myrna E. Libby Scholar Award is presented annually to the graduate students whose work most exemplifies Myrna’s vision that research guides the education and treatment of individuals with autism and so improves their lives.
The winners were selected from a exemplary group of nominees:
- From Simmons College – Amanda Bickum, Eric England, Jennifer Foran, Hanna Linden-Darrow, and Amanda Ziino.
- From Western New England University – Teresa Ling, Chantal Little, Ava Maley, Stephanie Muse, Zoe Newman, Anthony Nuzzolilli, Tanvi Pendharkar, and Kyle Sears.
NECC congratulates Jennifer Foran of Simmons and Teresa Ling of Western New England University on being named the 2017 Myrna E. Libby Scholars!