Professor Keith McVilly
Scope-University of Melbourne Professorial Fellow in Disability and Inclusion
Professor Keith McVilly is the Scope-University of Melbourne Professorial Fellow in Disability and Inclusion. Working across the university, he is situated in the School of Social and Political Sciences. Professor McVilly is an internationally renowned clinical psychologist whose work addresses the translation of research into policy and practice, with a focus on promoting the wellbeing and community inclusion of people with multiple and complex disabling experiences. His work reflects the centrality of relationships to wellbeing. Much of Keith’s research is conducted in applied settings, working directly with people with disability, families and services providers.
Dr Carmel Laragy
Dr Carmel Laragy is the Scope-University of Melbourne Senior Research Fellow in Community Partnerships
Dr Laragy has expert knowledge in the fields of disability and aged care regarding the provision of services using individual funding. Carmel has studied the introduction of individual funding programs nationally and internationally since the early 2000s. These include the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and Consumer Directed Care (CDC) in aged care. She has evaluated national programs and published widely nationally and internationally. Carmel is on the committee of management of Action for More Independence & Dignity in Accommodation (AMIDA), a self-advocacy service for people with intellectual disability; and convenes a peer support group for social workers navigating the NDIS and CDC programs.
Dr Susan Hayward
Dr Susan Hayward is a Scope-University of Melbourne Research Fellow.
Dr Hayward has a background in psychology and several years’ expertise examining a range of employment issues for people on the autism spectrum. Her post-doctoral work has included investigation into Australian Disability Employment services and working with international industry partners on a global autism employment research program.
She has worked on a range of other projects aiming to: increase the social inclusion of neurodiverse people, as well as others with disability, into employment, education, and community; plus suicide prevention in autistic people.
Her research interests include the employment and social inclusion of neurodivergent individuals, as well as strengthening the psychological health and wellbeing of these individuals.
Dr Hayward is currently engage in the Home@Scope evaluation project and the Customised Employment project.
Scope-University of Melbourne Partnership Coordinator
Julie Anderson is the Scope-University of Melbourne Partnership Coordinator. She provides high level executive support for the Partnership between the University of Melbourne and Scope and is responsible for the administration of the Memorandum of Understanding, the development of research and other collaborations, organising external events and functions and providing support to Professor McVilly. The Partnership Coordinator position was established through the generosity of the Herbert Gordon Emerson bequest.