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Judith M. Levy, M.S.W., M.A.
Kennedy Krieger Institute
707 N. Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21205
Phone: (443) 923-2811
Judith Levy is the former director and current associate director of the Department of Social Work. She is the chair of the Ethics Program at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. She is also an adjunct clinical associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work.
Judith Levy graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 1967, with a Bachelor's of Arts in psychology. In 1971, she received her Master's Degree in social work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work. In 2002, she completed a Master's of Arts in applied and professional ethics. She has spent nearly her entire career in the field of developmental disabilities. She has worked at the Kennedy Krieger Institute since 1975, first as a clinician, then as an administrator directing the Social Work Department. From 1997 to 1999, and 2007 to 2009, she served respectively as the associate director and director of the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute. In 1986, she developed a therapeutic foster care program for children with disabilities as part of a state-wide effort in Maryland to improve the foster care resources for children with special needs. Of particular interest to her has been the coping and resilience of individuals with disabilities and their families, as well as ethical issues pertaining to people with disabilities (e.g., access to and the ethical delivery of health care, end of life issues and informed consent for people with impaired decision making capacity).
Levy has developed a fee-for-service mental health program in the Department of Social Work for people with disabilities and their families, especially those with severe physical and intellectual disabilities. She has been the chair of the Kennedy Krieger Ethics Committee since 1988, studying ethical issues in the field of disabilities and health care. In 1997, as part of the educational responsibility of the ethics committee, she developed a monthly ethics rounds.
She has a special interest in the production of videotapes as an instructional medium. She has produced two award winning films concerning children with disabilities and their families in collaboration with Audrey Leviton.
In collaboration with a social work researcher from the School of Social Work at University of Maryland, Levy and department staff have conducted research on family-centered practices at KKI. The paper has been accepted for publication in the journal Health & Social Work.
With staff of the Kennedy Krieger Institute Therapeutic Foster Care Program, and collaborating with a researcher from the University of Maryland SSW, funding is being sought for another research project regarding the transition of children with developmental disabilities and medically fragile conditions in the foster care system into the adult system at the age of majority.