University of Manitoba: U of M - Faculty of Arts - Psychology - Faculty

Dr. Michael LeBow, Professor



1979-present Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology & Psychological Service Centre, The University of Manitoba.  
1986-87 Associate Director of the Psychological Service Centre, The University of Manitoba  
1974-1979 Associate Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology & Psychological Service Centre, The University of Manitoba.  
1978-1979 Sabbatical Leave, Institute for Behavioral Education, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania  
1972-1974 Assistant Professor of Psychiatry (Medical Psychology), Dartmouth Medical School (New Hampshire)  
1973-1974 Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology, Dartmouth College (New Hampshire)  
1972-1973 Assistant Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology & Psychological Service Centre, The University of Manitoba.

Professional Experience

Reviews for Behavior Therapy, Addictive Behaviors, Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology,Child Development, Behavior Modification, Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry  
Canadian Journal of Behavioral Science,  
Psychological Bulletin.  
Consulting Editor, The International Journal of Partial Hospitalization.  
1985-1988 Member, Professional Advisory Committee for Manitoba Mental Health Research Foundation.  
1986-1989 (approx) Chairman, Subcommittee on Psychological Interventions  for Health and Welfare, Canada's Task Force on the Treatment of Obesity

Selected Publications

LeBow, M.D (1999) Dieter's Snake Pit: A guide for thinking, feeling, and behaving better when managing weight. Winnipeg: BBM BOOKS.  
LeBow, M.D. (1995) Overweight teenagers: Don't bear the burden alone. New York: Plenum (Insight Books).  
Translation: Polish  
Vincent, N. & LeBow, M.D. (1995) Treatment Preference and Acceptability: Epistemology and Locus of Control. Journal of Constructivist Psychology, 8, 81-96.

Future Plans

Self-worth can not be measured on a weight scale. Yet many, sure that it is, act as if their very lives depend on their being thin. Out of desperation, they voluntarily and repeatedly undergo physically and psychologically harmful  weight-loss stratagems. They make damning assumptions about themselves that say being fat is being irresponsible, weak, and ugly and that it is the harbinger of a bleak future that comprises low self-esteem and public rejection. One of my current projects is developing strategies for helping the overweight challenge such assumptions in order to think and live better and healthily reduce reasonable amounts of weight.  
A second interest is translating clinical psychological principles for children, adolescents, and adults. Currently, I'm working on writing about fears and phobias for ages 8-12 years.  

Course Information

Undergraduate Courses Taught:  
Course Description:  
The course overviews abnormal psychology. Through lectures, audios, videos, discussions, it details many DSM 4 disorders including depression, panic, fear, obsessive compulsive disorder, assertiveness, anorexia, bulimia, anti-social personality. The course also touches on problems that are less like abnormal behaviors than they are problems in living [e.g., standing up for own rights]. As well, the course attempts to show how therapists (especially clinical psychologists) work to assist people...both in assessing and in treating problems. The teaching system includes lecturing, discussing, questioning, watching videos, and listening to audios.    
Graduate Courses Taught:  
17.840/450 (4th year honours) BEHAVIOUR THERAPY  
Course Description:  
The course discusses using behaviour therapy methods to improve clinical care,  
shows behavioral methods as major and ancillary therapies, provides in class opportunities to practice core behavioral methods, and exemplifies behavioral thinking when addressing patient problems. Class meets three hours once a week for discussion of readings, practice, and presentations.  
Graduate Students Supervising:  
-Laura Campbell  
-Tracey Sewell  
-Karina O'Brien  
-Teressa Grosco