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Professor David Allen

Honorary Professor


Prof Allen was an Associate Clinical Director (Directorate of Learning Disability Services in Wales) until 2012 and Honorary Professor in Clinical Psychology of Intellectual Disabilities, Welsh Centre for Learning Disabilities at Cardiff University until recently.

The Tizard Centre has had a number of links with Prof Allen in the past: he has been an external examiner for our Diploma in Learning Disability (Challenging Behaviour), external examiner for several PhD students, given academic seminars at the Tizard and is on the editorial board of the Tizard Learning Disability Review.

David is a clinical psychologist and career specialist in learning disabilities with over 30 years’ experience in the field. Since 1989, he has worked exclusively with people who present with severe challenging behaviours in concurrent clinical, managerial and academic roles. He led the development of one of the first UK non-aversive training approaches to physical intervention that subsequently won a National Training Award and in 2012 received a Leadership Award from the British Institute of Learning Disabilities for his personal contribution to the development Positive Behavioural Support within the UK. He is a member of 5 editorial boards, a Fellow of IASSID and of the British Psychological Society and founding co-editor of the International Journal of Positive Behavioural Support. He has been a member of Challenging Behaviour Foundation National Steering Group, the Learning Disability Advisory Group (for the Wales Assembly Government) and convenor of the Challenging Behaviour and Mental Health Research Activity Group of LDAN (Learning Disability and Autism research Network in Wales) between 2006-2009. He was co-chair of the Special Interest Research Group in Mental Health & Challenging Behaviour of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities (IASSID) 2008-2012. He has a long-standing connection to the Tizard going back to the late 1980s when he completed the MA at the Centre and has previously held honorary chairs at Cardiff University and the University of South Wales.

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Last Updated: 08/11/2016