University of Wisconsin–Madison

Administration Leadership – Interim Director

William E. MacLean, PhD
William MacLean, PhD

William MacLean, PhD 
Interim Director, Waisman Center
Associate Director, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
608.263.5940 | Room T201A

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.

Qiang Chang, PhD
Qiang Chang, PhD

Qiang Chang, PhD
Associate Director, IDDRC
Core Co-director, IDD Models
Associate Professor of Medical Genetics & Neurology
608.262.9416 | Room 657

Qiang Chang, PhD, is an associate professor of medical genetics and neurology, associate director of the Waisman Center Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Research Center and faculty co-director of the Rodent Models Core.

Chang completed his BS in biochemistry and molecular biology at Peking University in Beijing, PR China and earned his PhD in neurosciences from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. As a postdoctoral fellow, he studied neural regeneration at Children’s Hospital of Boston/Harvard Medical School, and neurological diseases at the Whitehead Institute/MIT.

Qiang’s laboratory at the Waisman Center is interested in the DNA methylation dependent epigenetic regulation of mammalian brain development and function, with a particular emphasis on understanding the molecular mechanism of Rett syndrome, an autism spectrum developmental disorder.