Sandy, as well as being a Trustee of the British Institute of Learning Disabilities and an editorial board member of the International Journal of Positive behavioural Support, is an independent behaviour analyst, service design consultant, and clinical supervisor whose focus is on supporting persons whose behaviour challenges services.
Sandy is also Senior Lecturer in Applied Behaviour Analysis at the School of Psychology, Bangor University, North Wales.
In the 1980’s Sandy worked with a group of researchers on developing what later became known as active support. He then moved to Kent and became deputy leader of the Special Development Team, the UK’s first specialist challenging behaviour service.
In the early years Sandy worked as a Portage home teacher, an ad-hoc consultant with the National Development Team, and was team leader on several PASS workshops. He also contributed to many post-graduate and post-qualifying courses around the UK.
Sandy was the principal architect of interactive training and was retained as a training consultant on active support research in South Wales and in Sydney Australia. Sandy has presented many academic and service papers in the UK, US, Ireland, Australia and South Africa. He has published numerous articles on active support, challenging behaviour and positive behaviour support, co-authored a small number of books and book chapters, and reviewed or served on the editorial boards of a number of journals.
Sandy’s current interests are in disseminating good practice in functional assessment and multi-layered behavioural intervention, using contingency diagrams to aid analysis and communication, and extending active support to new populations and service contexts.
Sandy has a BSc Behaviour Analysis, Edge Hill University; MA, University of Kent; PhD, Psychology, University of Wales (Bangor) and BCBA-D, BACB,USA
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