Dr Bianca Jackson

PhD, MSc(Hons), PGCert(Clin ED), BA(Hons), MNZSTA

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Professional Teaching Fellow


I qualified as a speech-language therapist in the UK and have worked in public health and educational settings. I am a Professional Teaching Fellow for the MSLT(Prac) course. I have specialised in speech-language therapy with children in hospital, community and school settings in England and New Zealand. I have worked with children of all ages with challenging behaviours, mental illness, attention deficit and autism spectrum disorders.

My clinical work is with children with eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties, with a specific interest in parent-child interaction during feeding. I have a strong interest in clinical education and continuing professional education in relation to developing allied health workforce expertise. My research is mainly qualitative in nature, but pragmatism also leads me to use quantitative approaches.

Research | Current

Staff development and wellbeing:

  • Understanding, developing and maintaining expertise amongst experienced allied health professionals
  • Professional confidence in experienced allied health professionals
  • Allied health professionals perspectives on working with children with complex medical conditions in rural communities

Children with eating drinking and swallowing difficulties:

  • Infant-mother interaction during feeding: communication and responsiveness
  • Effectiveness of applied behavioural approaches and systematic desensitisation for children with picky eating
  • Complex decision-making when children are feeding at acknowledged risk

Teaching | Current

My teaching is largely on courses related to childhood eating, drinking and swallowing, speech and language development, assessment and management, as well as professional knowledge and skills related to Speech-language Therapy.

SPCHSCI714/ 724/ 744 Clinical Practicum

SPCHSCI711/ 722 Child Speech, Language and Communication Topics

SPCHSCI721 Dysphagia

SPCHSCI790 Research Methods

I co-ordinate two wholly online courses:

SPCHSCI701 On-line Dysphagia for Health Professionals

PSYCH323 Changes Across the Lifespan

Postgraduate supervision

PhD Supervisor - L. Bakker.  Feeding neonates in the NICU: An ethnography

MSc Supervisor - P. King. New views on the phenomenon of imposterism in successful people

MSLT(Prac) Supervisor -  The economic and psychological impacts of having a child with paediatric feeding disorder

MSLT(Prac) Supervisor -  Interprofessional practice in schools: What is shared knowledge?

Honours Co-Supervisor - Observational learning in the speech-language therapy curriculum

Honours Co-Supervisor - Clinical supervision for Speech-language therapists


Co-ordinator of Dysphagia and On-line Dysphagia course.

Paediatric Speech-Language Therapy Clinical Educator

Areas of expertise

Health professional development and wellbeing

Interprofessional clinical education

Child language and communication development and disorders - including assessment and management

Assessment and management for children with eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties

Infant feeding and parent-infant interactions during mealtimes

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Jackson, B. N., Brady, A., Friary, P., Braakhuis, A., Sekula, J., & Miles, A. (2020). Educator-student talk during interprofessional simulation-based teaching. BMJ SIMULATION & TECHNOLOGY ENHANCED LEARNING, 6 (4), 206-213. 10.1136/bmjstel-2019-000455
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Andrea Braakhuis, Anna Miles
  • Jackson, B., & Smith, E. (2020). Stories of mealtimes with a child who is tube-fed: An analysis of parent blog entries. Paper presented at International Pediatric Feeding Disorder Conference, Virtual.
  • Jackson, B. N., Purdy, S. C., & Cooper Thomas, H. D. (2020). Becoming an expert: Highly-experienced allied health professionals' relationships with work. Journal of Health Organization and Management, 31 (2), 709-724. 10.1108/JHOM-01-2020-0019
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Suzanne Purdy
  • Miles, A., Greig, L., Jackson, B., & Keesing, M. (2020). Evaluation of a tracheostomy education programme for speech-language therapists. International journal of language & communication disorders, 55 (1), 70-84. 10.1111/1460-6984.12504
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Anna Miles
  • Taylor, S., Purdy, S. C., Jackson, B., Phillip, K., & Virues-Ortega, J. (2019). Evaluation of a Home-Based Behavioral Treatment Model for Children With Tube Dependency. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 44 (6), 656-668. 10.1093/jpepsy/jsz014
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Sarah Leadley, Suzanne Purdy, Katrina Phillips
  • Jackson, B. N., Purdy, S. C., & Cooper-Thomas, H. D. (2019). Role of Professional Confidence in the Development of Expert Allied Health Professionals: A Narrative Review. Journal of allied health, 48 (3), 226-232.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Suzanne Purdy
  • Peters, T., Miles, A., & Jackson, B. (2019). New Zealand speech-language therapists’ management of feeding in infants. Speech, Language and Hearing, 22 (4), 215-226. 10.1080/2050571X.2019.1581451
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Anna Miles
  • Jackson, B. N., Purdy, S. C., & Cooper-Thomas, H. (2017). Professional expertise amongst speech-language therapists: "willing to share". Journal of health organization and management, 31 (6), 614-629. 10.1108/jhom-03-2017-0045
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Suzanne Purdy


Contact details

Office hours

Tuesday - Thursday

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 507 - Bldg 507
Level 2, Room 2092
New Zealand

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