International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Vianne Timmons - President


Professor Vianne Timmons
Past President

About Vianne

Dr. Vianne Timmons, who currently serves as President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Regina, Canada, was elected President of IASSIDD in 2012. Prior to that, she served the organization in four-year terms as Secretary and then President-Elect.

Dr. Timmons maintains an active research program which over her 30-year career in the field of intellectual disability studies has included projects focused on:

  • improving the educational environment for children with disabilities in India;
  • exploring connections between inclusive education and children’s health in Canada;
  • analyzing the effectiveness of programming and services for children with autism; and
  • examining the degree to which educational policies across Canada encourage inclusive practices for students with intellectual disabilities.

During the course of her career, Dr. Timmons has authored or edited nine books, written more than a dozen book chapters, and authored more than 40 peer-reviewed articles in leading academic journals. She has been either the principal investigator or a co-investigator on more than 30 funded research projects, and has also presented more than 150 invited lectures about her work.

Dr. Timmons received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Mt. Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada with a combined major in Psychology and English. She obtained her Bachelor of Education in Special Education from Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada, and her Master of Education in Special Education from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, USA. She obtained her PhD in Education Psychology from the University of Calgary.

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