Mac MacLachlan is Professor of Psychology and Social Inclusion, and Co-director of the ALL (Assisting Living & Learning) Institute at Maynooth University, Ireland. He is also the Clinical Lead for the National Clinical Programme for People with Disabilities (NCPPD - hyperlink to https://www.hse.ie/eng/about/who/cspd/ncps/disability/) in the HSE (Irish Health Service).
Previous appointments include holding a Personal Chair in Global Health at Trinity College Dublin, and being Head of the Department of Psychology at the University of Malawi. Mac has also held visiting professorships at the universities of Stellenbosch, Olomouc and Harvard. He has worked as clinical psychologist, academic, organisational consultant and policy adviser in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America; with government, civil society, industry and United Nations agencies.
Mac is currently Research & Innovation Lead for WHO’s Global Collaboration on Assistive Technology (GATE) programme. From 2014-2019 he was Knowledge Management Lead for the United Nations’ Partnership for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD). He is a Fellow of the Psychological Society of Ireland, the British Psychological Society, and the Rehabilitation & Engineering Society of North America; and a Member of the Royal Irish Academy. He is the recipient of a number of awards, including the American Psychological Association’s International Humanitarian Award (2014), the Royal Irish Academy’s Gold Medal for Social Science (2017) and the British Psychological Society's Award for Promoting Equality of Opportunity (2018).