Welcome to the Developmental Disabilities Division website!


Our Team

(Photo: Dr. Rob Nicholson)
Dr Rob Nicolson

(Photo: Dr. Jay Rao)
Dr. Jay Rao

(Photo: Dr. Greg Gillis)
Dr. Greg Gillis



The Developmental Disabilities Division is housed within the University of Western Ontario's 'Department of Psychiatry' and the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Developmental Disabilities affect approximately 3%of the population with about one third of individuals being severely to profoundly impaired. There is also well established evidence for the greater risk of mental health problems in individuals with Developmental Disabilities, categorized as Dual Diagnosis. With the de-institutionalization of people with intellectual handicaps over the past decade, there has been an increasing need to provide for these individuals within the community. This has necessitated the development of community services and, more significantly, an ongoing need to enhance the education of health care providers to this population.

Specific Areas of Function:

  • Education: Foster development of educational programs at all levels (undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education).

  • Research: Provide a forum for developing and implementing a strategic research direction.

  • Clinical Service: Contribute to the definition, development and delivery mechanisms of new and innovative clinical service models, particularly those that are community based.


Due to the number of resources on this site, they have been arranged into categories and then alphabetically where possible. Please note that many sites listed here cover a broad range of information and the categories do overlap. While every attempt has been made to keep this listing up-to-date, unfortunately we cannot guarantee the accessibility and availability of all the sites listed here. We do periodically check our links to be sure they are correct and still available. We appreciate your patience.

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Overall Goal

Promote optimum health care for persons with a developmental disability through education, research and service.



519-646-6100 ext. 47694

Mental Health Care Building
Parkwood Institute
Room F4-430
550 Wellington Road
London, Ontario N6C 0A7


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