About the Director

William MacLean, PhD

Bill Maclean UCEDD director
Waisman Center
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1500 Highland Ave
Madison, WI 53705-2280

Phone: 608-263-5254
Email: maclean@waisman.wisc.edu



PhD – George Peabody College for Teachers of Vanderbilt University – Clinical Psychology (1980)
MS – George Peabody College for Teachers – Psychology (1978)
BS – Emory University – Honors in Psychology (1976)

Research Interests:

Dr. MacLean’s research concerns the development of stereotyped and self-injurious behavior of young children with developmental disabilities and psychopathology of children and adults with intellectual disability.


William E. MacLean is a senior scientist and associate director of the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from George Peabody College for Teachers in 1980 and completed a clinical internship in pediatric psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1981.

He was a faculty member at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University for 15 years and for 18 years at the University of Wyoming. He has an extensive record of leadership in clinical and research training at the doctoral and post-doctoral levels. He served as director of graduate programs in clinical psychology for 16 years. He also co-directed NIH supported research training programs in behavioral pediatrics and intellectual disability at Vanderbilt University. MacLean was editor of the American Journal of Mental Retardation from 2002-2008 and is currently a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities.

He was elected president of the Division on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities of the American Psychological Association and was a member of the Human Development and Aging Study Section of the NIH Center for Scientific Review. Dr. MacLean is a Fellow of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, the American Psychological Association and the Society of Pediatric Psychology.

Selected Publications:

Hoch J, Spofford L, Dimian A, Tervo R, MacLean WE, Symons FJ.  (2015). A Direct Comparison of Self-Injurious and Stereotyped Motor Behavior Between Preschool-Aged Children With and Without Developmental Delays. Journal of Pediatric Psychology,  2015 Oct 29. pii: jsv102.

Lickel A, MacLean WE Jr, Blakeley-Smith A, Hepburn S.  (2012). Assessment of the prerequisite skills for cognitive behavioral therapy in children with and without autism spectrum disorders.Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 42(6):992-1000. doi: 10.1007/s10803-011-1330-x. PMID: 21818677.

MacLean WE Jr, Tervo RC, Hoch J, Tervo M, Symons FJ. (2010).  Self-injury among a community cohort of young children at risk for intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Journal of Pediatrics, 157(6):979-83. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2010.05.052. Epub 2010 Jul 14. PMID: 20630541

Hartley SL, MacLean WE. (2009). Depression in adults with mild intellectual disability: role of stress, attributions, and coping. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. 114(3):147-60. doi: 10.1352/1944-7588-114.3.147. PMID: 19374469

Hartley SL, MacLean WE.(2009). Stressful social interactions experienced by adults with mild intellectual disability.
American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. 114(2):71-84. doi:10.1352/2009.114.71-84. PMID: 19391674