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Lucy Thompson


Dr Lucy Thompson
International Research Coordinator and Research Fellow


Research interests

Dr Thompson’s research looks at early predictors of childhood neurodevelopmental problems, such as autism spectrum conditions, ADHD, language delay, etc. She has a particular interest in whole population screening and considering neurodevelopment from a dimensional perspective, rather than that purely based on clinical diagnostic thresholds. She has conducted a number of systematic literature reviews, secondary analysis of population cohort data and linkage of research data with routinely collected datasets. She has helped establish whole population mental health screening in the education system in Glasgow, Scotland, and has examined the predictive validity of health visitor screening and observation of video-recorded parent-child interaction for the later identification of neurodevelopmental problems. She has also worked on evaluation of parenting support programmes, currently for parents of children with an ADHD diagnosis (the SPARCLAR trial), and for Mellow Babies, a programme designed to improve the quality of the parent-infant relationship. The aim of this work is to provide evidence for tools that will allow routine child health services, including health visiting, primary care, education and social work, to detect early signs of neurodevelopmental problems so that support and intervention can be offered at the earliest possible stage, and problems mitigated.



Dr Thompson has a PhD in psychology (2003) and subsequently attained a Master of Public Health (2009). After a few years working on a mixture of teaching and research in the academic sector, she spent over 7 years working in the National Health Service (NHS) in Scotland focusing on evaluation of publicly funded health services, mainly with regard to children’s early development and parenting support. This led to a connection with Prof Helen Minnis’ team in the University of Glasgow, and the beginning of a long-term collaboration with Prof Christopher Gillberg. When the Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre was inaugurated in 2011, she came on board as International Research Coordinator, returning to academia full time. Based at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, she regularly visits Gothenburg and the GNC affiliated research centres in Europe and beyond.



Screening | ESSENCE | Infants | Observation | Parents


Grants and funding

Date Project Investigators Funding body Amount
08/2018-01/2021 Support for Parents of Children Living with an ADHD diagnosis: a Research trial Lucy Thompson, Helen Minnis, Christopher Gillberg, Gordon Brown
Hilary Maddox, Caroline Haig, Emma McIntosh, Rachael Wood, Nicholas Watson
Chief Scientist Office of the Scottish Government Health Directorates 134 799 GBP
10/2018-11/2022 Does "Mellow Babies" improve the psychosocial health of mothers and their children? Wilson, P., Thompson, L., Norrie, J., Wight, D., Marryat, L., Russel, S., McTaggart, J., van Woerden, H., McGowan, I., MacBeth, A., Law, J., Shen, J. National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Public Health Research (PHR) 1 200 000 GBP
2018-2023 A general practice-based cluster-randomised trial of the impact of a Resilience Programme on early child development. Wilson, P., Kragstrup, J., Graungaard, A. H., Lykke, K., Ertmann, R., K., Overbeck, G., Reventlow, S., Vaever, M. S., Gørtz, M., Thompson, L., Gillberg, C., Siersma, V. Trygfonden (Denmark) 14 279 670 DKK
2017-2019 Clinical validation of the predictive value of the Harimata Play Care Pro assessment for autism. Delafield-Butt, J., Gillberg, C., McConnachie, A., Minnis, H., Rowe, P., Wilson, P., Thompson, L. EU Horizon 2020 1 133 169 EUR
2016-2019 Development and External Evaluation of the Mellow Parenting Observation Scale Lucy Thompson
Phil Wilson
Christine Puckering
William Grant Foundation (United Kingdom) 30 000 GBP
2013-2019 Trial of Healthy Relationship Initiatives for the Very Early-years (THRIVE). Henderson, M., Wittowski, A., McGee, E., McIntosh, E., McConnachie, A., Wilson, P., Calam, R., Minnis, H., Thompson, L., O’Dowd, J., Law, J., Wight, D National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Public Health Research (PHR) (UK Govt Dept of Health) 2 200 000 GBP



BA(Hons) Social Science (2i) (psychology major with British Psychological Society Graduate Basis for Registration), Glasgow Caledonian University (1996).
PhD Psychology by research, Glasgow Caledonian University (2003).
Master of Public Health (MPH) (with Distinction), University of Glasgow (2009).






Lucy is eligible and available to supervise Masters or PhD students.


Connect with me

E-mail: lucy.thompson@gnc.gu.se

Twitter: @DrLucyT

ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Lucy_Thompson2


Foto: Medical Illustration Services, NHSGGC











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