Professor Peter McGill

Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology of Learning Disability,
Professor Peter McGill


Professor McGill joined the Tizard Centre in 1986 having previously worked with people with learning disabilities in the NHS, Social Services and the Voluntary sector. Now retired from practice, he was a Registered Clinical Psychologist and Board Certified Behaviour Analyst.  He was Director of the Tizard Centre from 1999-2004, Co-Director 2011-16 and Acting Director 2018-19.

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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 




  • Trustee of the Challenging Behaviour Foundation 2005-17
  • Member of the steering group for the Challenging Behaviour National Strategy Group
  • Editor/co-editor of Tizard Learning Disability Review 2011-20
  • Senior Fellow (past), NIHR School for Social Care Research
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