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About William J. McIlvane

Dr. William J. McIlvane directs a broad research program that addresses a variety of scientific problems relevant to understanding and perhaps correcting behavior deficits of persons with neurodevelopmental disabilities. One focus of his research addresses symbolic behaviors involved in communication (speaking, listening, reading, writing, etc.); adapting behavioral neuroscience methods to further understanding of the brain processes involved, and developing methods to encourage progressively more rapid learning of symbolic behaviors. Another focus of Dr. Mcllvane's research program is to develop valid nonverbal neuropsychological testing methods for use with individuals and populations that do not understand verbal instructions. Methods developed in this aspect of his research have been adapted to further understanding of the behavioral profiles associated with disorders such as autism, depression, and neurotoxicant exposure. In addition, Dr. Mcllvane's program has a strong research-to-practice emphasis. For example, methods emerging from laboratory research are being used to teach practical skills in regular and special education classrooms in both the United States and in Brasil.

Positions

Present Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Massachusetts Medical School
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Present Professor (tenured), Department of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School
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Present Director, UMMS Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC), University of Massachusetts Medical School
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Present Director, Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, University of Massachusetts Medical School
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Honors and Awards

  • Society for Advancement of Behavior Analysis Translational Science Award (2010)
  • Don Hake Translational Research Award, American Psychological Association (2003)
  • Association for Behavior Analysis Continuing Contributions Award (2001, award to Shriver Behavioral Technology Group)
  • Fellow, Division 25, American Psychological Association
  • Fellow, Association for Behavior Analysis


Contact Information

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center
University of Massachusetts Medical School
333 South Street, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 main UMMS campus)
200 Trapelo Road, Waltham, MA 02452 (Waltham campus)
Phones: 508-856-4104 (Shrewsbury), (781) 642-0153 (Waltham

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