Ms Bianca Jackson

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

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Professional Teaching Fellow
Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


I qualified as a speech-language therapist in the UK and has 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 haveworked with children of all ages with challenging behaviours, mental illness, attention deficit and autism spectrum disorders.

My clinical work and research focus is on 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.

Research | Current

  • Understanding, developing and maintaining expertise amongst experienced allied health professionals
  • Infant-mother interaction during feeding: communication and responsiveness
  • Effectiveness of applied behavioural approaches and systematic desensitisation for children with picky eating
  • Allied health professionals perspectives on working with children with complex medical conditions in rural communities

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.

SPCHSCI 714/ 724/ 744 Clinical Practicum

SPCHSCI 711/ 722 Child Speech, Language and Communication Topics

SPCHSCI 701 On-line Dysphagia for Health Professionals

SPCHSCI 721 Dysphagia

SPCHSCI 790 Research Methods

Postgraduate supervision

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

MSLT(Prac) Supervisor -  Approaches for children who are picky eaters

MSLT(Prac) Supervisor -  Mother-Infant Feeding Interactions: What's typical?

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

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)

  • 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
  • Jackson, B. N., Brady, A., Friary, P., Braakhuis, A., Sekula, J., & Miles, A. (2019). Educator-student talk during interprofessional simulation-based teaching. BMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning10.1136/bmjstel-2019-000455
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Andrea Braakhuis, Anna Miles
  • 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
  • Miles, A., Friary, P., Jackson, B., Sekula, J., & Braakhuis, A. (2016). Simulation-based dysphagia training: Teaching interprofessional clinical reasoning in a hospital environment. Dysphagia, 31 (3), 407-415. 10.1007/s00455-016-9691-0
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Anna Miles, Julia Sekula, Andrea Braakhuis
  • Burgess, A., Purdy, S. C., & Jackson, B. N. (2016). Allied health professionals' perspectives of working with dysphagia in a rural paediatric team. N Z Med J, 129 (1435), 87-89.
    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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