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Steven V. Schneider, Ph.D.

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My career has taken me in many directions. My first specialization was in developmental disabilities, with a concentration in intellectual and learning disabilities. I subsequently added autism spectrum disorders and other pervasive disabilities. Upon graduation, I became a staff psychologist and behavioral treatment director for a state institution. Ten years later, I became fascinated with addiction psychology and have worked in the full range of service areas. Other experiences include working with the chronically mentally ill and pain management. I taught at the elementary, junior high, high school (special education) and university levels. A few years ago, I began to write manuals on professional writing. The purpose is to make the process of learning professional writing and other academic skills easy to learn. In addition to my work with Capella, I am an editor for the publication Systems Thinking World Journal: Reflection in Action.

I was trained as a behaviorist, and throughout my career, my orientation has been cognitive-behavioral, eclectic and finally evolved to systemic. In reality, I probably have always been a systems thinker. My interests are varied and include developmental disabilities, rehabilitation, systems thinking, addictions, developmental disabilities, spirituality and hypnosis. Although I minored in statistics, my research interests utilize qualitative methods. Current academic interests are related to my role as lead faculty for Tests and Measurement, addictions, recovery management, the 12-Step process and spirituality. I have a passion for systems thinking, diagram and relationship maps, and causal loop models. One of the most exiting parts is systems encourages working with professionals in all fields of study.