Professor Peter McGill

Professor Peter McGill

Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology of Learning Disability


Professor McGill joined the Tizard Centre in 1986 having previously worked with people with learning disabilities as an instructor, residential social worker and clinical psychologist. He is a registered clinical psychologist and board certified behaviour analyst.  

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Research interests

  • Understanding the causes of challenging behaviour with particular reference to the role of motivating operations
  • prevention of challenging behaviour through system-wide positive behaviour support
  • transition of children and young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities from residential education 


Professor McGill teaches on the postgraduate programmes in applied behaviour analysis and positive behaviour support.


Professor McGill currently supervises students on topics including early intervention in challenging behaviour, system-wide positive behaviours support, improving the fidelity of interventions with challenging behaviour and supporting life skills development in young people with autism. 


  • Trustee of the Challenging Behaviour Foundation 2005-2017
  • member of the steering group for the Challenging Behaviour National Strategy Group
  • co-editor of Tizard Learning Disability Review
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