Ira Glovinsky, Ph.D.
Licensed psychologist, Dr. Ira Glovinsky lives and practices in Ann Arbor, Michigan. After graduating from Brooklyn College in 1968, he began his graduate studies at Brooklyn College in the School Psychology Program completing his Ph.D. in Special Education at the University of Michigan in 1977. His first professional experience was as an elementary school teacher, working with children in Brooklyn. His teaching experiences included working with children with socio-emotional problems, then children who were in a gifted program, and then again children in special education for emotional disturbances. While working on his Ph.D. in Michigan, he also worked as a teacher of emotionally impaired children in a child and adolescent psychiatric hospital. After being licensed as a clinical psychologist in 1982, he moved into the Psychology Department in the residential treatment center to work with adolescents with mood disorders for two years, and then with teenage girls with anorexia. He was then asked to join a group in the university’s hospital who were developing an early intervention program for preschool children with emotion dysregulation. He then spent two years working at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit team evaluating and following high-risk preterm children from age three months gestational age to five years, chronological age.
Dr. Glovinsky eventually became interested in pediatric bipolar disorder and this became his primary career work. He was invited to participate in a Senior clinician’s group headed by Dr. Stanley Greenspan, in Bethesda, Maryland and wrote two books with Dr. Greenspan, Bipolar Patterns in Infants and Young Children, and Children and Babies with Mood Swings. He also published articles on bipolar disorder in children as well as book chapters on autism spectrum disorder.
Dr. Glovinsky has been on the faculty of the Interdisciplinary Council for Development and Learning Disorders, developed by Drs. Stanley Greenspan and Serena Wieder and the Profectum organization led by Dr. Wieder. He taught in the ICDL doctoral program that had merged with the Fielding Graduate University. He has taught in the Infant and Early Childhood doctoral program at Fielding University since 2014 and co-led the program for the first three years at Fielding. In addition to currently teaching classes at Fielding, he is also an Associate Assistant Professor in the Early Childhood/ Arts Education Program at Brooklyn College teaching master’s level teachers and undergraduates. His major interest is in the emergence of mood disorders in children from birth through early childhood and has an interest in the impact of stress on the maternal and fetal development, and the vulnerability of prenates, neonates, and young children to the development of mood disorders. At one point in his career, Dr. Glovinsky worked closely with the Virtual Center’s psychiatry expert, Dr. Gianni Faedda who introduced Dr. Glovinsky to VCFS.