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Mr Tony Osgood

Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Disabilities


I joined the Tizard in 2004, moving here full-time in August 2006. Prior to which I worked in the NHS as a Specialist Psychologist in Learning Disability & Challenging Behaviour within a peripatetic NHS challenging needs service. I've worked in the NHS and the private and voluntary sector, supporting staff, families and schools, senior managers and others, to support adults and young people with labels of autism, intellectual & developmental disabilities, mental health service users and others for a quarter of a century.

My interests include person centred planning, positive behaviour support, communities of practice and organisational influences on human service outcomes. I've written a number of book chapters and accessible articles.
I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Disabilities in 2017.


I teach on the BSc in Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities as well as the BSc in Autism. I also teach on post-graduate programmes and modules on positive behaviour support, applied behaviour analysis, intellectual disabilities and autism. From September 2017, I will be teaching on the blended learning BSc in Positive Behaviour Support and BSc in Autism Studies.

I have recently taught at the University of Verona, Italy and in Malta. I have also contributed to the Massive Open Online Course Autism with FutureLearn in 2017.. In the first run of this course, 8,000 participants took part.

I am responsible for student recruitment and give a taster session each year, giving potential students the opportunity to experience what we have to offer at Tizard.

For further information:
See my profile on Youtube

Each year the Tizard Centre offers free taster sessions of its teaching. In April 2018, Tony presented a morning on Challenging Behaviour and Positive Behaviour Support, "A short but nonetheless fairly interesting and reasonably informal guide to interventions for challenging behaviour"

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Osgood, T. (2017). Advocating for Advocacy. Tizard Learning Disability Review [Online] 22:193-197. Available at:
Osgood, T. (2012). Commentary on 'In celebration: living a lifethrough Positive Behaviour Support'. Tizard Learning Disability Review [Online] 17:76-79. Available at:
Osgood, T. (2004). "Suit you, sir?" : Challenging Behaviour in Learning Disability Services. Paradigm [Online]. Available at:
Osgood, T. (2003). Never Mind The Quality Feel The Width: Person Centred Planning Implementation & Developmental Disability Services A polemic of unease. Paradigm [Online]. Available at:
Book section
Osgood, T. (2009). Challenging Behaviour: The Contribution of Nurse Specialists. in: Learning Disability Nursing Practice. London: Quay Books, pp. 327-360. Available at:
Osgood, T. (2005). Managing the Tensions between the Interests of Organisations and Service Users. in: Person Centred Planning and Care Management with People with Learning Disabilities. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, pp. 51-66. Available at:
Conference or workshop item
Osgood, T. (2017). Ancient Wisdom? What we think we know about supporting families during Positive Behaviour Support. in: BILD Centre for the Advancement of Positive Behaviour Support - Coaches Network. British Institute of Learning Disabilities.
Internet publication
Osgood, T. (2017). What I Think About When I Talk About Autism [PDF]. Available at:
Osgood, T. (2013). Counting Stuff: Numbers Can't Tell Us Everything [pdf]. Available at:
Osgood, T. (2012). Unreasonable Adjustments [pdf article]. Available at:
Osgood, T. (2012). Just Because [pdf newsletter]. Available at:
Osgood, T. (2012). Words [pdf newsletter]. Available at:
Osgood, T. (2011). A Pannacotta Fable [pdf newsletter]. Available at:
Osgood, T. (2011). A Long and Bumpy Ride [pdf article]. Available at:
Osgood, T. (2011). Howdy Partners? [pdf article]. Available at:
Osgood, T. (2010). Competent Environments [pdf article]. Available at:
Osgood, T. (2010). Pulling Together [pdf newsletter]. Available at:
Osgood, T. (2010). Learning to Listen [pdf newsletter]. Available at:
Osgood, T. (2009). Time Out or Time In? [pdf newsletter]. Available at:
Osgood, T. (2009). Breaking News [pdf newsletter]. Available at:
Osgood, T. (2009). Stress! [pdf newsletter]. Available at:
Osgood, T. (2008). Tying Ourselves In Knots [pdf newsletter]. Available at:
Osgood, T. (2008). Challenging Provision [pdf newsletter]. Available at:
Osgood, T. (2007). Distilling Challenging Behaviour [pdf newsletter]. Available at:
Osgood, T. (2007). Presumed Capable [pdf newsletter]. Available at:
Osgood, T. (2007). Back to Basics [pdf newsletter]. Available at:
Osgood, T. (2006). 'Still Hurting: What Jane Did Next' Serviceland, Commissioning & Monitoring: A Triad of Impairments [pdf article]. Available at:
Osgood, T. (2005). "Falling on Deaf Ears": Self-Harm, Self-Injury and Ourselves: Different Rules? [PDF article]. Available at:
Osgood, T. (2004). "Doing It For Attention": Non Physical Reactive Strategies [PDF Article]. Available at:
Osgood, T. and Marks, B. (2002). Positive Behaviour Support: An Information Resource for the Subscriber Network [newsletter/article]. Available at:
Research report (external)
Osgood, T. (2008). Medication's What You Need?. [Online]. Challenging Behaviour Foundation. Available at:
Osgood, T. (2012). Book Review. Tizard Disability Learning Review 17:199-199.
Osgood, T. (2017). Every Generation Must Fight the Same Battles Again & Again: Remembering All The Variables? Why Subjective Should Be The New Objective. in: BILD 2017 PBS Conference.. Available at:
Total publications in KAR: 33 [See all in KAR]


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I consult on organisational change, team effectiveness and practice leadership, as well as providing mentorship to individuals and teams. I have consulted on positive behaviour support and person centred support.

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Tizard Centre, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7LR

Telephone: +44(0)1227 827373 or contact us

Last Updated: 01/10/2018