Marsha Mailick, PhD

Marsha Mailick, PhD

inducted in 2010 Fellow

Marsha Mailick is the Vaughan Bascom Professor and director of the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received her BA at UW-Madison in 1972 in psychology and sociology, and earned a PhD in social welfare from Brandeis University in 1978. After ten years on the faculty of Boston University School of Social Work, she moved to UW-Madison in 1988, and she has been at the Waisman Center and professor of social work since that time.

With support from the NIH, Dr. Mailick’s research focuses on life course impacts of disability on the family. She investigates how lifelong care giving affects the well-being of parents and siblings of individuals with disabilities, including autism, fragile X syndrome, Down syndrome, and schizophrenia, and how the family environment affects the development of individuals with disabilities.

Dr. Mailick has received a number of awards, including:

  • The Distinguished Research Award of The Arc
  • The Christian Pueschel Memorial Research Award of the Down Syndrome Congress
  • The Research Career Award of the American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

She is chair of the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Centers Association, chair of the Gatlinburg Conference on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and the author of over 150 research publications.