Professor Keith McVilly was the DRI Professorial Fellow in Disability and Inclusion. It is a joint appointment between the University of Melbourne and Scope Victoria. Professor McVilly’s primary area of expertise is in intellectual and developmental disability, acquired brain injury, and forensic disability. He has worked as a direct support worker with people with disability, a clinician and service manager in public health services and in private practice, as well as in the university sector in Australia, UK and USA. As part of his role, Professor McVilly will lead and direct Scope’s research agenda, oversee existing and new research programs, and continue to work with the disability sector more broadly.
Dr Anna Arstein-Kerslake is a lawyer academic and activist in the field of human rights for people with disabilities. As DRI Academic Convenor, she ensured that DRI continued to engage in interdisciplinary research and advocacy that is directly related to social change and is responsive to the needs of the community. She aimed to build partnerships across faculties and strengthen community partnerships. She also identified complementary research that was underway or had great potential and would facilitate the Initiative's involvement.
Yvette was the DRI Research Fellow and had been a supervisor and lecturer in Melbourne Law School’s Disability Human Rights Clinic since 2015. She is also a Senior Research Associate with the Melbourne Social Equity Institute. Yvette has a background in law and social policy, and recently submitted her PhD thesis proposing a set of policy principles for reconciling disability rights and feminist perspectives on care and support. As the DRI’s 2015 UN Fellow, Yvette assisted Prof Theresia Degener, now Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, at the Committee’s 14th session in Geneva.
Cassie Chen joined the DRI in April 2016 to provide administrative support to the Academic Convenor in coordinating events and meetings, administering interdisciplinary research seed funding grants, monitoring budgets, and maintaining the DRI’s website and stakeholder communications. Prior to working at the DRI, Cassie completed her Bachelor of Health Science (Health Promotion) at Monash University in 2009 and then began in an accounting firm as the Office Administrator and Corporate Secretarial Coordinator.