Portrait of Dr Jill Bradshaw

Dr Jill Bradshaw

Senior Lecturer in Intellectual and Developmental Disability
Director of Studies for undergraduate programmes


Dr Bradshaw trained as a speech and language therapist.  She worked in a community team supporting adults with intellectual disabilities before joining the Tizard Centre in 1995. She convenes the undergraduate Autism studies programme and teaches on postgraduate courses in Intellectual Disabilities.

Jill leads on the development of the Understanding Autism MOOC and is the lead academic on this.  

Research interests

  • communication and challenging behaviour
  • person-centred active support
  • staff attributions
  • communication environments and total communication approaches


Jill teaches on undergraduate modules looking at behaviour analysis and intervention and teaches on the postgraduate programmes in Intellectual Disabilities.


Dr Bradshaw supervises PhD research based on communicative interactions and the use of communication with people with learning disabilities and or autism.  


  • Membership of the Institute of Learning and Teaching 
  • Registered member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
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