About Vivienne

Vivienne is a Senior Research Fellow, registered psychologist, consultant, and lecturer/tutor in disability at the Centre for Disability Studies, and clinical professor, the University of Sydney, School of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health. Clinical, education and training and research interests and expertise include employment for people with intellectual disabilities; transition from school to post school for people with disability; assessment and classification of support needs; mental and emotional health and well-being; person centred Active Support; positive behaviour support; social and interpersonal skills; community living and quality of life. Author of numerous publications comprising peer reviewed articles, book chapters, books, curricula, and the I-CAN Support Needs Assessment Instrument.

Contact Vivienne at vivienne.riches@sydney.edu.au


Awards include the ASID 2011 Australasian Research Prize for best article “Transforming staff practice through Active Support” Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability 36(3): 1–32, Induction into the Disability Employment Australia Hall of Fame 2013, Fellow of the Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability (FASID) 2016 and the inaugural Lien Ling Chow visiting Professorship in Education, National Institute in Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NIE, NTU Singapore) for 2022.


BA, Dip Ed, MA (Hons), PhD, MAPS, FASID