Keynote Speakers

Professor Keith R. McVilly

Professor Keith R. McVilly PhD is a c. His work addresses the translation of research into policy and practice, with a focus on promoting the well-being and community inclusion of people with multiple and complex disabling experiences.

His work reflects the centrality of relationships to well-being. Much of Keith’s research is conducted in applied settings, working directly with adults with disability, families and services providers. He has a particular interest in the issues effecting people with cognitive impairment who present with severe challenging behaviours, and those involved in the criminal justice system. He also has a strong interest in the professional development of the direct support workforce, including their formation in ethical practice. Informing his research, 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 Sydney’s Centre for Disability Studies, RMIT University’s Discipline of Disability Studies, in the UK at the University of Wales’ Welsh Centre for Learning Disabilities, in the USA at the University of Minnesota’s Research Centre on Community Living, and in the School of Psychology at Deakin University, Melbourne. He was the founding Convenor of the Australian Psychological Society’s Special Interest Group for Psychologists working with People with Intellectual & Developmental Disability, and the academic lead for the University of Melbourne’s university-wide Hall Mark Disability Research Initiative. He is a member of the Steering Committee for the university’s Melbourne Disability Institute (MDI). Keith is Associate Director of The Academy for Education & Research of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD). In his spare time, Keith is a Registered Apiarist, with four beehives in the back yard. He also keeps chickens and enjoys spending time in his greenhouse!

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