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William McIlvane PhD

TitleProfessor Emeritus
InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
AddressEunice Kennedy Shriver Center
55 Lake Avenue North, S3-301
Worcester MA 01655
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    New York University, New York, NY, United StatesBAPsychology
    Northeastern University, Boston, MA, United StatesMAExperimental Psychology
    Northeastern University, Boston, MA, United StatesPHDExperimental Psychology

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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

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    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. McIlvane WJ, Iversen IH, Lattal KA, Lionello-DeNolf KM, Petursdottir AI. An appreciation of Murray Sidman's science and his impact. J Exp Anal Behav. 2020 Dec 28. PMID: 33369746.
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    2. McIlvane WJ. Appreciation of Joe Spradlin. J Appl Behav Anal. 2020 Sep 10. PMID: 32909262.
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    3. McIlvane WJ, Kledaras JB, Gerard CJ, Wilde L, Smelson D. Algorithmic analysis of relational learning processes in instructional technology: Some implications for basic, translational, and applied research. Behav Processes. 2018 Jul; 152:18-25. PMID: 29544867.
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    4. de Faria Brino AL, da Silva Campos R, de Faria Galvão O, McIlvane WJ. Blank-comparison matching-to-sample reveals a false positive symmetry test in a capuchin monkey. Psychol Neurosci. 2014 Jun 1; 7(2):193-198. PMID: 25383161.
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    5. Gerard CJ, Mackay HA, Thompson B, McIlvane WJ. Rapid generation of balanced trial distributions for discrimination learning procedures: a technical note. J Exp Anal Behav. 2014 Jan; 101(1):171-8. PMID: 24249664.
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    6. McIlvane WJ. "Associative concept learning in animals" by Zentall, Wasserman, and Urcuioli: a commentary. J Exp Anal Behav. 2014 Jan; 101(1):161-4; discussion 165-70. PMID: 24249692.
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    7. Deutsch CK, McIlvane WJ. Non-Mendelian etiologic factors in neuropsychiatric illness: pleiotropy, epigenetics, and convergence. Behav Brain Sci. 2012 Oct; 35(5):363-4. PMID: 23095384.
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    8. McIlvane WJ, Kledaras JB. Some Things We Learned from Sidman and Some We Did Not (We Think). Eur J Behav Anal. 2012; 13(1):97-109. PMID: 23255872.
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    9. 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.
    10. 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.
    11. 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. PMID: 21541173.
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    12. 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. PMID: 21119851.
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    13. 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.
    14. McIlvane, W.J. Comments on Sidman's remarks. European Journal of Behavior Analysis. 2010; 12:339-341.
    15. 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. PMID: 20936093.
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    17. 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. PMID: 19960112.
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    18. 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.
    19. 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. PMID: 22478526.
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    20. Deutsch CK, Ludwig WW, McIlvane WJ. Heterogeneity and hypothesis testing in neuropsychiatric illness. Behav Brain Sci. 2008 Jun; 31(3):266-267. PMID: 24013907.
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    22. Lionello-Denolf KM, McIlvane WJ, Canovas DS, de Souza DG, Barros RS. REVERSAL LEARNING SET AND FUNCTIONAL EQUIVALENCE IN CHILDREN WITH AND WITHOUT AUTISM. Psychol Rec. 2008 Jan 1; 58(1):15-36. PMID: 20186287.
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    23. Deutsch CK, Dube WV, McIlvane WJ. Attention deficits, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and intellectual disabilities. Dev Disabil Res Rev. 2008; 14(4):285-92. PMID: 19072752.
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    24. Charlot L, Deutsch CK, Albert A, Hunt A, Connor DF, McIlvane WJ. Mood and Anxiety Symptoms in Psychiatric Inpatients with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Depression. J Ment Health Res Intellect Disabil. 2008; 1(4):238-253. PMID: 24009649.
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    25. Ferrari C, de Rose JC, McIlvane WJ. A COMPARISON OF EXCLUSION AND TRIAL-AND-ERROR PROCEDURES: PRIMARY AND SECONDARY EFFECTS. Exp Anal Hum Behav Bull. 2008; 29:9-16. PMID: 20390055.
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    26. 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. PMID: 12564945.
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    27. 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. PMID: 11936251.
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    28. Dube WV, McIlvane WJ. Quantitative assessments of sensitivity to reinforcement contingencies in mental retardation. Am J Ment Retard. 2002 Mar; 107(2):136-45. PMID: 11853531.
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