Professor Peter McGill
Professor of Clinical Psychology of Learning Disability and Acting Director
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Having had a background of many years' experience in services for people with learning disabilities, I joined the Centre in 1986 having previously worked with people with learning disabilities as an instructor, residential social worker and clinical psychologist. I am a registered clinical psychologist and board certified behaviour analyst.
My teaching is mainly on the Centre's postgraduate programmes in applied behaviour analysis and positive behaviour support.
I have worked in learning disability for almost 40 years, initially as an instructor, residential social worker and clinical psychologist. During this period I helped to establish community-based opportunities for people coming out of institutions. I joined the Tizard Centre in 1986, was Director from 1999-2004 and Co-Director from 2011 to 2016. My research interests centre on challenging behaviour. I developed a Diploma course at Kent which trained over 200 practitioners from all over the UK in systematic ways of working with people labelled as challenging. I am an author of over 100 articles, chapters and books on learning disability. I am a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst and a Registered Clinical Psychologist.
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I am currently supervising six research students. Topics include early intervention in challenging behaviour, system-wide positive behaviour support, challenging behaviour in Fragile X syndrome, improving the fidelity of interventions with challenging behaviour, and supporting life skills development in young people with autism.
I have recently completed research on the prevention of challenging behaviour through system-wide positive behaviour support, see https://www.kent.ac.uk/tizard/research/research_projects/new_research-pages/preventingcb.html.
I am currently leading a project funded by the School for Social Care Research looking at the transition of children and young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities from residential education into adulthood, see https://www.kent.ac.uk/tizard/research/research_projects/new_research-pages/transition_adult_care.html.
I provide supervision for a number of psychological/behavioural specialists working with people who present challenging behaviour. I was a Trustee of the Challenging Behaviour Foundation from 2005 to 2017 and remain an Advisor. I am a member of the steering group for the Challenging Behaviour-National Strategy Group.back to top