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    William McIlvane PhD

    TitleProfessor
    InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
    DepartmentPsychiatry
    AddressEunice Kennedy Shriver Center
    55 Lake Avenue North, S3-301
    Worcester MA 01655
    Phone774-455-4023
      Other Positions
      InstitutionUMMS - Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
      DepartmentClinical Population Health Research

      InstitutionUMMS - Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
      DepartmentNeuroscience

      InstitutionUMMS - Programs, Centers and Institutes
      DepartmentShriver Center

        Overview 
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        Academic Background

        B.A., New York University, 1974
        M.A., Northeastern University, 1978
        Ph.D., Northeastern University, 1986

        Current Appointments:

        2006-   NICHD DSR Intellectual and Developmental Disability Research Center SEP

        2006-   Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA

        2003-2013  Director, E. K. Shriver Center (EKS), University of Massachusetts Medical School, Waltham, MA

        2000-  Professor (tenured), Department of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA

        1994-  Director, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA


        Professional Service:

        2001-2005 Program Director, Gatlinburg Conference for Research on MR/DD
        2000- President, Division 25, American Psychological Association
        1999  Board Coordinator for Research and Science Policy, Association for Behavior Analysis
        1997-2004 Massachusetts Governor's Commission on Mental Retardation
        1995- Board of Editors, Mental Retardation Developmental Disabilities Research Review
        1992- Associate Editor, International Review of Research in Mental Retardation

        Research and Professional Interests

        William McIlvane, Ph.D.

        Dr. Mcllvane 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 area of deficit, for example, is in symbolic behaviors involved in communication (speaking, listening, reading, writing, etc.). One focus of his program is development of methods to encourage progressively more rapid learning of symbolic behaviors. Another is to adapt behavioral neuroscience methods - including animal modeling - to further understanding of brain processes involved in symbolic behavior. A second focus of Dr. Mcllvane's 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.

        Regarding mentoring, Dr. McIlvane has long been involved in programs offering pre- and post-doctoral training within his areas of interest. He is also a mentor to junior faculty in developing productive, competitive programs of research in the neurodevelopmental disabilities. 

        Ongoing Projects

        Optimizing Initial Communication for Children with Autsim
        Instsructional Technology: A Picture-Aided Communication Systems Manager
        Atypical Effects of Reinforcement Procedures in Autism



        Rotation Projects

        Additional information about lab rotations within the CPHR program can be found athttp://www.umassmed.edu/cphr/program/rotations.aspx



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        1. Deutsch CK, McIlvane WJ. Non-Mendelian etiologic factors in neuropsychiatric illness: Pleiotropy, epigenetics, and convergence. Behav Brain Sci. 2012 Oct; 35(5):363-4.
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        2. Campos HC, Debert P, da Silva Barros R, McIlvane WJ. Relational Discrimination by Pigeons in a Go/No-go Procedure With Compound Stimuli: A Methodological Note. J Exp Anal Behav. 2011 Nov; 96(3):417-26.
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        3. Brino AL, Barros RS, Galvão OF, Garotti M, da Cruz IR, Santos JR, Dube WV, McIlvane WJ. Sample stimulus control shaping and restricted stimulus control in capuchin monkeys: a methodological note. J Exp Anal Behav. 2011 May; 95(3):387-98.
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        4. Hanna ES, Kohlsdorf M, Quinteiro RS, de Melo RM, de Souza DG, de Rose JC, McIlvane WJ. Recombinative reading derived from pseudoword instruction in a miniature linguistic system. J Exp Anal Behav. 2011 Jan; 95(1):21-40.
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        5. Gil, M. S., Oliveira, T. P., & McIlvane, W. J. Conditional discriminations by preverbal children in an identity matching-to-sample task. The Psychological Record. 2011; 61(3):327-340.
        6. McIlvane, W. J., Dube, W. V., Lionello-DeNolf, K. M., Serna, R. W., Barros, R. S., & Galvão, O. F. . Some current dimensions of translational behavior analysis: From laboratory research to intervention for persons with autism spectrum disorders. In J. A. Mulick, & E. A. Mayville (Eds.), Behavioral foundations of effective autism treatment. 2011; 155-181.
        7. Dube WV, Dickson CA, Balsamo LM, O'Donnell KL, Tomanari GY, Farren KM, Wheeler EE, McIlvane WJ. Observing behavior and atypically restricted stimulus control. J Exp Anal Behav. 2010 Nov; 94(3):297-313.
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        8. Lionello-Denolf KM, Dube WV, McIlvane WJ. Evaluation of Resistance to Change under Different Disrupter Conditions in Children with Autism and Severe Intellectual Disability. J Exp Anal Behav. 2010 May; 93(3):369-83.
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        9. McIlvane, W.J. Comments on Sidman's remarks. European Journal of Behavior Analysis. 2010; 12:339-341.
        10. Brino, A. L. F., Assumpção, A. P. B., Campos, R. S., Galvão, O. F., & McIlvane, W. J. Cebus cf. apella exhibits rapid acquisition of complex stimulus relations and emergent performance by exclusion. Psychology and Neuroscience. 2010; 3(2):209 - 215.
        11. Dube WV, Ahearn WH, Lionello-Denolf K, McIlvane WJ. Behavioral Momentum: Translational Research in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Behav Anal Today. 2009 Sep 9; 10(2):238-253.
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        12. Haimson B, Wilkinson KM, Rosenquist C, Ouimet C, McIlvane WJ. Electrophysiological correlates of stimulus equivalence processes. J Exp Anal Behav. 2009 Sep; 92(2):245-56.
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        13. Debert P, Huziwara EM, Faggiani RB, De Mathis ME, McIlvane WJ. Emergent conditional relations in a Go/No-Go procedure: figure-ground and stimulus-position compound relations. J Exp Anal Behav. 2009 Sep; 92(2):233-43.
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        14. de Souza DG, de Rose JC, Faleiros TC, Bortoloti R, Hanna ES, McIlvane WJ. Teaching Generative Reading Via Recombination of Minimal Textual Units: A Legacy of Verbal Behavior to Children in Brazil. Rev Int Psicol Ter Psicol. 2009 Mar 1; 9(1):19-44.
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        15. McIlvane WJ. Translational behavior analysis: from laboratory science in stimulus control to intervention with persons with neurodevelopmental disabilities. Behav Anal. 2009; 32(2):273-80.
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        16. Hübner, M. M., Gomes, R. C., & McIlvane, W. J. Recombinative generalization in minimal verbal unit-based reading instruction for pre-reading children. Experimental Analysis of Human Behavior Bulletin. 2009; 27:11-17.
        17. Almeida-Verdu AC, Huziwara EM, de Souza DG, De Rose JC, Bevilacqua MC, Lopes J, Alves CO, McIlvane WJ. Relational learning in children with deafness and cochlear implants. J Exp Anal Behav. 2008 May; 89(3):407-24.
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        18. Deutsch CK, Dube WV, McIlvane WJ. Attention deficits, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and intellectual disabilities. Dev Disabil Res Rev. 2008; 14(4):285-92.
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        19. Debert P, Matos MA, McIlvane W. Conditional relations with compound abstract stimuli using a go/no-go procedure. J Exp Anal Behav. 2007 Jan; 87(1):89-96.
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        20. Matos MA, Avanzi AL, McIlvane WJ. Rudimentary Reading Repertoires via Stimulus Equivalence and Recombination of Minimal Verbal Units. Anal Verbal Behav. 2006; 22:3-19.
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        21. Goulart PR, Mendonça MB, Barros RS, Galvão OF, McIlvane WJ. A note on select- and reject-controlling relations in the simple discrimination of capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella). Behav Processes. 2005 Jun 30; 69(3):295-302.
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        22. Dube WV, McIlvane WJ, Mazzitelli K, McNamara B. Reinforcer rate effects and behavioral momentum in individuals with developmental disabilities. Am J Ment Retard. 2003 Mar; 108(2):134-43.
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        23. McIlvane WJ, Dube WV. Stimulus control topography coherence theory: Foundations and extensions. Behav Anal. 2003; 26(2):195-213.
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        24. McIlvane WJ. A stimulus in need of a response: A review of relational frame theory: A post-skinnerian account of human language and cognition. Anal Verbal Behav. 2003; 19:29-37.
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        25. McIlvane WJ. The E.K. Shriver Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Int J Dev Neurosci. 2002 Jun-Aug; 20(3-5):367.
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        26. McIlvane WJ, Kledaras JB, Callahan TC, Dube WV. High-probability stimulus control topographies with delayed S+ onset in a simultaneous discrimination procedure. J Exp Anal Behav. 2002 Mar; 77(2):189-98.
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        27. Dube WV, McIlvane WJ. Quantitative assessments of sensitivity to reinforcement contingencies in mental retardation. Am J Ment Retard. 2002 Mar; 107(2):136-45.
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        28. Dube WW, McIlvane WJ. Behavioral momentum in computer-presented discriminations in individuals with severe mental retardation. J Exp Anal Behav. 2001 Jan; 75(1):15-23.
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        29. Carr D, Wilkinson KM, Blackman D, McIlvane WJ. Equivalence classes in individuals with minimal verbal repertoires. J Exp Anal Behav. 2000 Jul; 74(1):101-14.
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        30. Dube WV, McIlvane WJ. Reduction of stimulus overselectivity with nonverbal differential observing responses. J Appl Behav Anal. 1999; 32(1):25-33.
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        31. Serna RW, Wilkinson KM, McIlvane WJ. Blank-comparison assessment of stimulus-stimulus relations in individuals with mental retardation: a methodological note. Am J Ment Retard. 1998 Jul; 103(1):60-74.
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        32. Dube WV, McIlvane WJ. Reinforcer frequency and restricted stimulus control. J Exp Anal Behav. 1997 Nov; 68(3):303-16.
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        33. Wilkinson KM, McIlvane WJ. Blank comparison analysis of emergent symbolic mapping by young children. J Exp Child Psychol. 1997 Nov; 67(2):115-30.
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        34. Serna RW, Dube WV, McIlvane WJ. Assessing same/different judgments in individuals with severe intellectual disabilities: a status report. Res Dev Disabil. 1997 Sep-Oct; 18(5):343-68.
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        35. McIlvane W, Dube W. Units of analysis and the environmental control of behavior. J Exp Anal Behav. 1997 Mar; 67(2):235-9.
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        36. Bristol MM, Cohen DJ, Costello EJ, Denckla M, Eckberg TJ, Kallen R, Kraemer HC, Lord C, Maurer R, McIlvane WJ, Minshew N, Sigman M, Spence MA. State of the science in autism: report to the National Institutes Health. J Autism Dev Disord. 1996 Apr; 26(2):121-54.
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        37. McIlvane WJ, Dube WV. Naming as a facilitator of discrimination. J Exp Anal Behav. 1996 Jan; 65(1):267-72.
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        38. McIlvane WJ, Kledaras JB, Iennaco FM, McDonald SJ, Stoddard LT. Some possible limits on errorless discrimination reversals in individuals with severe mental retardation. Am J Ment Retard. 1995 Jan; 99(4):430-6.
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        39. Dube WV, Iennaco FM, McIlvane WJ. Generalized identity matching to sample of two-dimensional forms in individuals with intellectual disabilities. Res Dev Disabil. 1993 Nov-Dec; 14(6):457-77.
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        40. Ferrari C, de Rose JC, McIlvane WJ. Exclusion vs. selection training of auditory-visual conditional relations. J Exp Child Psychol. 1993 Aug; 56(1):49-63.
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        41. Stromer R, McIlvane WJ, Dube WV, Mackay HA. Assessing control by elements of complex stimuli in delayed matching to sample. J Exp Anal Behav. 1993 Jan; 59(1):83-102.
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        42. McIlvane WJ, Kledaras JB, Lowry MJ, Stoddard LT. Studies of exclusion in individuals with severe mental retardation. Res Dev Disabil. 1992 Nov-Dec; 13(6):509-32.
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        43. Zygmont DM, Lazar RM, Dube WV, McIlvane WJ. Teaching arbitrary matching via sample stimulus-control shaping to young children and mentally retarded individuals: a methodological note. J Exp Anal Behav. 1992 Jan; 57(1):109-17.
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        44. McIlvane WJ, Dube WV. Stimulus control shaping and stimulus control topographies. Behav Anal. 1992; 15(1):89-94.
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        45. Soraci SA, Deckner CW, Baumeister AA, Bryant JT, Mackay HA, Stoddard LT, McIlvane WJ. Generalized oddity performance in preschool children: a bimodal training procedure. J Exp Child Psychol. 1991 Apr; 51(2):280-95.
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        46. Dube WV, McDonald SJ, McIlvane WJ, Mackay HA. Constructed-response matching to sample and spelling instruction. J Appl Behav Anal. 1991; 24(2):305-17.
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        47. McIlvane WJ, Dube WV, Kledaras JB, Iennaco FM, Stoddard LT. Teaching relational discrimination to individuals with mental retardation: some problems and possible solutions. Am J Ment Retard. 1990 Nov; 95(3):283-96.
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        48. Green G, Mackay HA, McIlvane WJ, Saunders RR, Soraci SA. Perspectives on relational learning in mental retardation. Am J Ment Retard. 1990 Nov; 95(3):249-59.
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        49. McIlvane WJ, Dube WV. Do stimulus classes exist before they are tested? Anal Verbal Behav. 1990; 8:13-7.
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        50. Kledaras JB, McIlvane WJ, Mackay HA. Progressive decline of picture naming in an aging Down syndrome man with dementia. Percept Mot Skills. 1989 Dec; 69(3 Pt 2):1091-100.
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        51. Stoddard LT, McIlvane WJ. Generalization after intradimensional discrimination training in 2-year-old children. J Exp Child Psychol. 1989 Apr; 47(2):324-34.
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        52. Stoddard LT, Brown J, Hurlbert B, Manoli C, McIlvane WJ. Teaching money skills through stimulus class formation, exclusion, and component matching methods: three case studies. Res Dev Disabil. 1989; 10(4):413-39.
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        53. Dube WV, McIlvane WJ, Maguire RW, Mackay HA, Stoddard LT. Stimulus class formation and stimulus-reinforcer relations. J Exp Anal Behav. 1989 Jan; 51(1):65-76.
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        54. Stoddard LT, McIlvane WJ. Establishing control by spoken words with profoundly mentally retarded individuals. Res Dev Disabil. 1989; 10(2):141-51.
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        55. de Rose JC, McIlvane WJ, Dube WV, Galpin VC, Stoddard LT. Emergent simple discrimination established by indirect relation to differential consequences. J Exp Anal Behav. 1988 Jul; 50(1):1-20.
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        56. McIlvane WJ, Munson LC, Stoddard LT. Some observations on control by spoken words in children's conditional discrimination and matching by exclusion. J Exp Child Psychol. 1988 Jun; 45(3):472-95.
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        57. McIlvane WJ, Kledaras JB, Munson LC, King KA, de Rose JC, Stoddard LT. Controlling relations in conditional discrimination and matching by exclusion. J Exp Anal Behav. 1987 Sep; 48(2):187-208.
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        58. Dube WV, McIlvane WJ, Mackay HA, Stoddard LT. Stimulus class membership established via stimulus-reinforcer relations. J Exp Anal Behav. 1987 Mar; 47(2):159-75.
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        59. Stoddard LT, McIlvane WJ, McDonagh EC, Kledaras JB. The use of picture programs in teaching direct care staff. Appl Res Ment Retard. 1986; 7(3):349-58.
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        60. McDonagh EC, McIlvane WJ, Stoddard LT. Teaching coin equivalences via matching to sample. Appl Res Ment Retard. 1984; 5(2):177-97.
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        61. McIlvane WJ, Bass RW, O'Brien JM, Gerovac BJ, Stoddard LT. Spoken and signed naming of foods after receptive exclusion training in severe retardation. Appl Res Ment Retard. 1984; 5(1):1-27.
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        62. McIlvane WJ, Stoddard T. Acquisition of matching - to - sample performances in severe retardation: learning by exclusion. J Ment Defic Res. 1981 Mar; 25(Pt 1):33-48.
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