Dr. George De Leon (Wagner faculty 1962-1975)

Dr. George DeLeon

Dr. George DeLeon


Dr. De Leon took his PhD from Columbia University in 1962; his dissertation was entitled "Some Relations between Avoidance Responding and Cardiac Responses in Humans."  He conducted research on behavior modification in humans using conditioning and later became a prominent psychologist in the field of drug rehabilitation. He was responsible for conducting all of the early Phoenix House studies researching the mechanisms used in treatment.  He wrote the textbook The Therapeutic Community.

In 2014, Columbia University held and event where Dr. DeLeon described his work.






Depicted below is one of his papers on the use of conditioning techniques in psychotherapy published in 1966 in the Journal of Clinical Psychology.

De Leon's interest in substance abuse is reflected in the article below from the Journal of Abnormal Psychology in 1973.