Portrait of Dr Jill Bradshaw

Dr Jill Bradshaw

Senior Lecturer in Intellectual and Developmental Disability
Speech and Language Therapist
Chief Examiner (UG and PG)
Lead Academic and Co-developer, Understanding Autism - Free Online Autistic Course - FutureLearn
Chair of Tizard Centre Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Group


Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Clinical Communication Studies (1992); PhD Staff Attributions of Challenging Behaviour and Perceptions of Communication in Adults with Learning Disabilities (2008); Registered Member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists RC0009605 June 1992

Dr Bradshaw trained as a speech and language therapist. She worked in a community team supporting adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities before joining the Tizard Centre in 1995. She teaches on postgraduate courses in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Until 2020, she was the Director of Studies for Undergraduate Programmes at the Tizard Centre. Until 2021, she was Senior Tutor. She is now the Chief Examiner for Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes.

Dr Bradshaw is the academic lead on the very popular Understanding Autism MOOC which has had over 200000 learners since it started in 2017. Dr Bradshaw co-produced this course with autistic adults. This year, Dr Bradshaw has co-produced four Expert Tracks on Autism; Learning about Autism from Autistic People, Education, Health, Social Policy and the Law.    

Research interests

  • Communication and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Early Positive Approaches to Support (E-PAtS)
  • Staff Culture in Services
  • Person-Centred Active Support


  • Behaviour Analysis and Intervention - TZRD8620


Current PhD candidates include:

  • Marica Gatt
  • Rachel Harrison
  • Elisabeth Gale
  • Joanne Morrison
  • Naomi Pearson
  • Krysia Waldock
  • Mark Murphy 


  • Editor in Chief, Tizard Learning Disability Review
  • Registered Member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
  • National Clinical Adviser for Learning Disabilities, Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
  • Talking Mats™ Honorary Research Associate
  • Trustee Advisor, Member of External Support Group, Member of Professional Panel, Challenging Behaviour Foundation
  • Membership of the Institute for Teaching and Learning 
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