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Associate Professor McVilly is a clinical psychologist who conducts research concerning the interests and support needs of adults with developmental disabilities. He has a particular interest in working with adults with disabilities who present with serious behaviours of concern that pose a risk to themselves and others, and can give rise to forensic involvement. Much of his research is conducted in applied settings, working directly with people with disability, their families and services providers. He provides supervision for honours, graduate diploma, and higher degree students. Keith also provides clinical, educational and consultancy services for community organisations and government agencies.
Keith has worked as a direct support worker, a clinician and service manager, in public health services and in private practice. He has worked as a researcher at the University of Sydneys Centre for Developmental Disability Studies, in the UK at the University of Wales Welsh Centre for Learning Disabilities, and in the USA at the University of Minnesotas Research Centre on Community Living.
Associate Professor Keith McVilly delivers occasional lectures in the areas of intellectual and other developmental disabilities, including social, clinical, organisational and policy issues impacting the lives of people with disability, their families and support staff.
Intellectual and other developmental disabilities (adults)
Relationships for adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities
Positive Behaviour Support for adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities
Quality of Life for adults with disabilities, their families and support staff
Organisational development and staff education in disability services
Associate Professor McVilly appeared on the 7.30 Report (Tuesday 17 May around 15 minutes into the show), and was featured on ABC breakfast radio (Wednesday 18 May, AM with Peter Cave, 16 minutes into the recording) commenting on the inappropriate use of physical interventions on children wtih autism.
Australasian Society for the Study of Intellectual Disability National Research Prize, 2000 in reference to research conducted for the degree Master of Psychology (Clinical) and subsequently published: McVilly, K., Burton-Smith, R. & Davidson, J. (2000). Concurrence between subject and proxy ratings of quality of life for people with and without intellectual disability. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 25, 19-38.
Australian Post-graduate Award (APA) Scholarship (2000 to 2003) for the Degree Doctor of Philosophy in the Faculty of Medicine at University of Sydney.
Australian Psychological Society Thesis Award (Relationships), 2005 in reference to research conducted for the degree Doctor of Philosophy in the Faculty of Medicine at Sydney University.
American Association on Intellectual & Developmental Disability
Australasian Society for the Study of Intellectual Disability
Australian Psychological Society (& member of the APS Clinical College)
British Institute of Learning Disabilities
International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability
Psychologists in Developmental Disability
Convenor of the Australian Psychological Societys (APS) Special Interest Group on Intellectual and Other Developmental Disabilities.
Co-Vice-President (Asia Pacific) of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability (IASSID)
Board Member of the Australasian Society for the Study of Intellectual Disability (ASSID)
Editorial Consultant to: Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability; Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities; Journal of Policy & Practice in Intellectual Disabilities.
International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability, Singapore 2009 Beyond seclusion and restraint in disability services.
Australian Community Service Organisation Bi-annual Forensic Disability Conference, Melbourne 2009 - Risk-related measures on incarcerated intellectually disabled offenders
Australian Psychological Society, Darwin 2009 - Restrictive interventions: past practices and future directions.
Australasian Society for the Study of Intellectual Disability, Hobart 2009 Symposium: The Australasian Collaboration Seeking Better Ways to Support People with Intellectual Disability Who Exhibit Behaviours of Concern
Australasian Society for the Study of Intellectual Disability, Hobart 2009 Risk assessment and support of people with intellectual disability in the criminal justice system