William E. MacLean, PhD is the interim director of the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He joined the Waisman Center in 2014 as an associate director responsible for the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. Prior to his move to Madison, MacLean was a psychology faculty member at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University for 15 years and for 18 years at the University of Wyoming. He also served as psychology department chair and executive director of the Wyoming Institute on Disabilities while at the University of Wyoming. He has an extensive record of leadership in clinical and research training at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels. He served as director of graduate programs in clinical psychology for 16 years. He also co-directed two NIH-supported research training programs in behavioral pediatrics and intellectual disability at Vanderbilt University. MacLean was editor of the American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities from 2002-2008.
He earned a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from George Peabody College for Teachers of Vanderbilt University in 1980 and completed a clinical internship in pediatric psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1981.
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.