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2017 Clinical Professor Vivienne Riches

C:\fakepath\UntitledVivienne is a highly respected peer and colleague of many members of ASID, who has contributed more than 40 years to the disability sector through research, consultancy, and teaching and as a clinical practitioner. Professionally Vivienne is a registered psychologist and a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Disability Studies an affiliate of the University of Sydney. She holds conjoint appointments as Clinical Professor, University of Sydney and Clinical Psychologist.

Vivienne has made a significant contribution to research and development in the field of vocational preparation and employment for people with a disability, assessment and classification, support needs assessment, social and interpersonal competence, and transition from school to post school for students with disabilities, staff training and active Support, behavioural support and mental emotional health issues.  In the past 5 years alone, she has contributed to over 10 research projects, published many book chapters and journal articles, co-authored a book and presented at countless conferences.  In 2013, Vivienne was inducted into the Disability Employment Australia Hall of Fame, in recognitions of her outstanding contribution to Disability Employment.

On top of her teaching, research and clinical loads she has also supervised many provisionally registered psychologists, practicing psychologists and a number of PhD candidates. 

Her contribution to the disability and community sector extends to active participation on boards and committees for a number of organisations, including but not limited to 7 years as a Board Director for ASID Ltd and over 9 years with the NSW/ACT Division of ASID.   In 2013, ASID NSW hosted the 48th Annual Australasian Conference in Sydney. Vivienne was instrumental in negotiating and securing a wide range of high profile local and international speakers as conference keynotes. It is without doubt that her networks, respect and reputation within the field were integral to the successful and well-received program that was delivered.  Vivienne served as the Vice President for ASID NSW/ACT from its reformation in 2007.  In 2011 she moved into the President’s position and served in this role until 2014.  Since stepping back from leadership of the committee, Vivienne has maintained an active role on the events committee, including recent co-coordination of a workshop on individualized funding and self-determination.

Vivienne's clinical expertise is well established in assessment, evaluation and intervention including work with forensic populations.  Her work on assessment includes the development of the award winning Instrument for the Classification and Assessment of Support Needs (I-CAN) tool.  Clinical services she has delivered frequently addressed problems such as depression, anxiety, stress, anger, grief and loss, relationships, abuse, social interpersonal skills, low self-esteem, and eating disorders.  Vivienne has expertise at adapting mainstream tools, assessment and treatment strategies for use with people with intellectual and developmental delays.


  • 2007 Ms Anne Bray, Mr Guy Hamilton
  • 2006 Mr Angus Capie, Mr Richard Bruggemann
  • 2005 Mr Eddie Bartnik, Prof Trevor R Parmenter, Mr Robert Martin
  • 2004 Dr Helen Beange OAM  Inaugural Award