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Professor Jill Boucher

Professor in Psychology

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Psychology

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City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Professor Boucher trained as a Speech and Language Therapist after a short period 'playing around on the fringes of professional theatre'. Her work as an SLT led to an interest in the neuropsychology of language disorders, which she wanted to pursue in greater depth than was then possible with a vocational training.

She took a degree in Psychology and Philosophy at Oxford as a mature student, then did a PhD at Birmingham University. This was on autism, the topic that has been her major research area subsequently. Periods of child rearing then alternated with part-time research and occasional lecturing at Warwick University.

In 1988 Professor Boucher went to the University of Sheffield to head up what was then a small unit training SLTs, situated with the Psychology Department. Over a period of 10 years she contributed to building the unit into an independent, multidisciplinary department.

She then returned to Warwick with Honorary status; and most recently took up formal work again at City, in the Autism Research Group.


Research interests

- Neurodevelopmental disorders, especially autistic spectrum disorders, specific language impairment, and learning disability
- The roles of memory, language and learning in neurodevelopmental disorders.


Journal Articles (3)

  1. Boucher, J., Mayes, A. and Bigham, S. (2012). Memory in Autistic Spectrum Disorder. PSYCHOLOGICAL BULLETIN, 138(3), pp. 458–496. doi:10.1037/a0026869.
  2. Boucher, J. (2012). Research Review: Structural language in autistic spectrum disorder - characteristics and causes. JOURNAL OF CHILD PSYCHOLOGY AND PSYCHIATRY, 53(3), pp. 219–233. doi:10.1111/j.1469-7610.2011.02508.x.
  3. Farran, E.K., Blades, M., Boucher, J. and Tranter, L.J. (2010). How do individuals with Williams syndrome learn a route in a real-world environment? DEVELOPMENTAL SCIENCE, 13(3), pp. 454–468. doi:10.1111/j.1467-7687.2009.00894.x.

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