Matthew P. Janicki, Ph.D.

Matthew P. Janicki, Ph.D., the co-chair of the US National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices, is also the director for technical assistance for the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developmental Disabilities and Health within the Department of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Formerly, he was director for aging and special populations for the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities. Currently, he is leading a study of specialized group homes designed for dementia related care of adult with intellectual disabilities, and previously was the principal investigator of studies examining how community agencies provide community supports to adults with intellectual disabilities affected by Alzheimer’s disease and how families are aided by community agencies in supporting adults with Down syndrome affected by Alzheimer’s disease. He is the author of numerous books and articles in the area of aging, dementia, public policy, and rehabilitation with regard to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (including: Dementia, Aging, and Intellectual Disabilities: A Handbook) and has lectured and provided training in aging and intellectual disabilities across the world. He was also the project director of an effort that provided the World Health Organization with a series of background reports on promoting longevity among adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the world. He is the founding editor of the Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities.