Elise McMillan, J.D.
Director, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
Director of Community Engagement and Public Policy
Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Overview of Interests
As the director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), Elise McMillan has more than 20 years' experience in leading programs and projects that support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, and their communities. She holds leadership roles in numerous national, state, and community disabilities organizations, including The Arc U.S., the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities, Disability Law and Advocacy Center of Tennessee, and the Tennessee Disability Coalition. As Co-Director of the Center's UCEDD, she provides oversight of daily operations and assists area coordinators and directors of core functions in planning and implementation. She is responsible for personnel, budget oversight, and representing the UCEDD at the local, state, and national level. She is an attorney and Senior Associate in the VUMC Department of Psychiatry. She holds leadership roles with TennesseeWorks, Tennessee Disability Pathfinder, and Next Steps at Vanderbilt.
- Partnership in Employment and Systems Change, Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 2012-Present
- Electronic Toolkit for Primary Care of Adults With Developmental Disabilities, Special Hope Foundation, March 2013-March 2014
University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 2005-Present
- Tennessee Disability Pathfinder, Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities, 2005-Present
- Britt Henderson Training Series for Educators, Britt Henderson and Henderson Family Endowment, 1997-Present