William Kiernan, PhD

Institute for Community Inclusion/ UCEDD
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125
Phone: 617-287-4311
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: July 31, 2018

William Kiernan

Leadership Administrative Staff: Former UCEDD Director
Discipline(s): Education/Special Education
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership



Director, Institute for Community Inclusion (UCD)

Education and Training

MBA, Health Care Management, 1976-82, Boston University:  Boston, MA

Ph.D., Rehab. and Special Ed., 1970-74, Boston College: Boston, MA

M.Ed., Rehabilitation Counseling, 1967-68, Boston University:  Boston, MA

B.S., Psychology, 1965-67, Boston University:  Boston, MA

Research and Professional Experience:

Director, Institute for Community Inclusion     U. MASS Boston and University Center on Disability Program (1993-pres.)     Children's Hospital.

Admin. Director: Division of General  Peds. (1988-1999.)    Children's Hospital

Administrator: Developmental Eval. Clinic (1972-93)   Children's Hospital

Associate Director (1969-72)  South Shore Rehab. Center     Quincy, MA.

Honors and Distinctions

1999  Michael Muther Memorial Award for Outstanding Services

1992  American Assoc. for Mental Retardation Fellow (FAAMR)

1990  Outstanding Service Award: MA Projects with Industry

1989  Book of the Year Award; President's Committee on Employment

1985 & 2000 Mary Switzer Memorial Scholar

Academic Appointments

2005-pres.  Research Professor      Graduate College of Ed. U. Mass Boston   

1995-2000   Adjunct Lecturer  School of Public Health Harvard University

1989-2005   Adjunct Professor Graduate College of Ed. U. Mass Boston   

Professional Societies (selected):


The Arc of the United States Research Committee 1996-pres.

U.S. International Council on MR and DD: Chairperson  2000-pres.

American Association on Mental Retardation (AAMR): President      1995-1996

President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities   1987-1991


Mass Developmental Disabilities Council: Member 1991-pres.

Mental Health/Mental Retardation Coalition (Chairperson)    1983-1986

Massachusetts Association for Retarded Citizens: Board Member     1972-1977

Publications (selected):

Kiernan, WE. Special Issues and Trends in Integrated Employment:  Factors Affecting Individuals with Developmental Disabilities or Significant Mental Illness.  In McConnell, R (Ed.) Emerging Workforce Issues: W.I.A., Ticket to Work, and Partnerships, 2001: 31-40.

Kiernan, WE. Pathways to an effective ticket to work.  In K. Rupp and S. Bell (Eds.) Paying for results in vocational rehabilitation: Will provider incentives work for Ticket to Work. Washington, DC: Urban Institute, 2003, 144-149.

Brett, J, Kiernan, WE. Time to prepare for the work force of the future,  Boston Business Journal. October 20, 2003