Our People

The centre brings together expertise from a range of disciplines and research areas to actively contribute to the challenge presented by the World Report on Disability (World Health Organization and the World Bank, 2011) to strengthen and support research on disability for evidence informed policy and practice development.



Gwynnyth Llewellyn


Gwynnyth is committed to finding health and social policy and practice solutions to enable disabled individuals and their families to fully participate in our societies – both locally and internationally.



Eric Emerson


Co-Director of the English specialist Public Health Observatory on intellectual disabilities, Eric is highly regarded for his work on understanding and addressing the inequalities faced by people with disabilities.



Richard Madden


As former Director of the AIHW and Head of the Commonwealth Health Department’s Disability Programs Division, Richard has a wealth of experience in the health and community services sector.



Roger Stancliffe


Roger’s research interests include self-determination, community living, retirement and community participation, Active Support, physical activity, individual planning, deinstitutionalisation, and cost effectiveness of services.



 Michelle Villeneuve

Michelle Villeneuve


Michelle is engaged in particpatory action-orientated research that supports inclusion of people with disabilities at school and in the community.




Jennifer Smith-Merry


Jen has expertise in the application of critical theoretical approaches to questions of health and illness. She is also passionate about the inclusion of people with a lived experience of disability in policy and practice and coproduces research to this end.



Joanne Arciuli


Joanne Arciuli is an Associate Professor in Foundations of Language Learning. Her research interests include preschool and primary school-aged children who have a developmental disability and their parents.




 John Gilroy


John is engaged in research with a range of peoples and research teams on exploring the experience of disability with Indigenous communities in Australia. Much of John’s work to date has been investigating the disability services access enablers and inhibiters for Indigenous people with disabilities.


Qingsheng Zhou



Qingsheng has a wide range of research interests, including people with disability from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background, and disability statistics.


Previous Stream Leaders

Stewart Einfeld

Stewart has research and teaching interests in the area of child and adolescent psychiatry, developmental disabilities, including intellectual disability and its genetic causes and autism. CDRP gratefully acknowledges Stewart’s integral contribution to CDRP and the establishment of the Mental Health and Disability Stream. Stewart continues his involvement with CDRP as an Honorary Associate.


Luis Salavador-Carulla

Luis is a Professor in Disability and Mental Health. His field of interest is integrated support decision systems and policy in long-term care. CDRP gratefully acknowledges Luis’s integral contribution to CDRP and the establishment of the Mental Health and Disability Stream. Luis continues his involvement with CDRP as an Honorary Associate.