Professor Trevor R. Parmenter AM

BA(UNE), PhD(Macquarie)

Honorary Professor

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Research interests

Research on teaching and learning

  • Special and inclusive education

Social work and social policy

  • Disability and mental health
  • Social policy


Keywords

mental disorders, disabilities, social science, cognitive disorders, developmental psychology



Professional biography

 

Trevor holds, concurrently, appointments as Emeritus Professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Sydney;  Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Education and Social Work,  Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Health Science at the University of Sydney and Adjunct Professor in the School of Rural Medicine at the University of New England.

Former appointments include Foundation Chair of Developmental Disability and Director of the Centre for Developmental Disability Studies at the University of Sydney (1997-2009).

For more than 20 years before accepting the directorship of the CDDS in 1997, Trevor had been Professorial Fellow in the School of Education Macquarie University and Director of the Unit for Community Integration Studies.

Former international appointments include Adjunct Research Associate to the Beach Center on Families and Disability at The University of Kansas and Visiting Lecturer at Lancaster University, UK. He was the President of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities from 1996-2000.

 His curriculum vitae includes teaching and administrative positions with the NSW Department of Education (1953-1973), and his areas of research expertise include: behavioural and emotional problems of people with disabilities; quality-of-life assessment; program evaluation; community living and employment for people with disabilities; assessing cognitive processes; brain injury; family studies; transition from school to further study, work and adult living; attitude studies and disability policy development.

Trevor is a Member of the Order of Australia; Fellow and Life Member of the Australian College of Educators; Fellow of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities; Fellow of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities; and Fellow of the Australasian Society for the Study of Intellectual Disability.

He is noted for his ability to translate research outcomes into practice by the setting up model programs. Throughout his career he has maintained close contacts with people with disabilities, serving on several boards of service organisations, helping establish self-advocacy organisations, and serving on the Disability Council of New South Wales.



Awards

  • Distinguished Service Citation, Australian Society for the Study of Intellectual Disability

  • President's Citation, American Association on Mental Retardation

  • Presidential Award, American Association on Mental Retardation

  • Outstanding International Contributor to the Field, The American Association of University Affiliated Programs

  • Distinguished Service Citation, International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities



Professional and community roles

  • Board Director, Royal Rehabilitation Centre Sydney

  • Chair of Program Advisory Committee, School of Health Sciences, RMIT University

  • Board Director, Council of Catholic Social Services, Parramatta Diocese

  • Editorial Board, Journal of Intellectual Disability Research

  • Editorial Board, Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities

  • Editorial Board, Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability

  • Editorial Board, Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities

  • Editorial Board, International Journal of Disability, Development and Education

  • Editorial Board, Review of Disability Studies



Current projects

  • A longitudinal study of mental health of people with intellectual disabilities
  • A qualitative study of formal and informal networks established by families of people with disabilities


Selected publications

Journal articles

  • Carter, M., Roberts, J., Williams, K., Evans, D., Parmenter, T., Silove, N., Clarke, T., & Warren, A. (2011). Interventions used with an Australian sample of preschool children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 5(3), 1033–1041. DOI:10.1016/j.rasd.2010.11.009