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Phil Wilson is a Visiting Professor at the Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre. He studied physiology in Oxford, followed by doctoral studies on monoamine control of the neuroendocrine system. He studied clinical medicine in Cambridge. He was a partner in a small general practice in Glasgow between 1988 and 2010. In 1997 his practice became one of five government-funded research practices in Scotland. In 1995, he began to work one day per week in the Department of General Practice in Glasgow as a researcher. He received a primary care career scientist award in 2003, with a research programme addressing the role of primary care in improving the mental health of pre-school children. Most of his current research involves early identification of and intervention in childhood psychiatric disorders and he was academic adviser to the evaluation of the Glasgow Parenting Support Framework, which had two associated PhD studentships. He is currently involved in a broad range of randomised trials and epidemiological studies. In 2010, he was appointed Senior Lecturer in Infant Mental Health in Glasgow University, and in 2012 was appointed Professor of Primary Care and Rural Health at the University of Aberdeen. He has over 100 peer-reviewed publications covering a wide range of topics.

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Marryat, L., Thompson, L., Minnis, H., & Wilson, P. (2018). Primary schools and the amplification of social differences in child mental health: a population-based cohort study. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 72, 27-33.


Allely, C.S., Wilson, P., Minnis, H., Thompson, L., Yaksic, E., & Gillberg, C. (2017). Violence is Rare in Autism: When It Does Occur, Is It Sometimes Extreme? Journal of Psychology, 151, 49-68.

Marryat, L., Thompson, L, & Wilson, P. (2017). No evidence of whole population mental health impact of the Triple P parenting programme: findings from a routine dataset. BMC Pediatrics, 17, 40.


Sampson, R., Barbour, R., & Wilson, P. (2016). Email communication at the medical primary-secondary care interface: a qualitative exploration. Email communication at the medical primary-secondary care interface: a qualitative exploration. British Journal of General Practice, (Epub ahead of print).

Sampson, R., Barbour, R., & Wilson, P. (2016). The relationship between GPs and hospital consultants and the implications for patient care: a qualitative study. BMC Family Practice, 17, 45. 

Welch, V., Turner-Halliday, F., Watson, N., Wilson, P., Fitzpatrick, B., Cotmore, R., & Minnis, H. (2016). Randomisation before consent: Avoiding delay to time-critical intervention and ensuring informed consent. International Journal of Social Research Methodology. (Epub ahead of print).


Barry, S.J., Marryat, L., Thompson, L., Ellaway, A., White, J., McClung, M., & Wilson, P. (2015). Mapping area variability in social and behavioural difficulties among Glasgow pre-schoolers: linkage of a survey of pre-school staff with routine monitoring data. Child: Care, Health and Development, 41, 853-864.

Eisner, M., Humphreys, D.K., Wilson, P.,  & Gardner, F. (2015). Disclosure of Financial Conflicts of Interests in Interventions to Improve Child Psychosocial Health: A Cross-Sectional Study. PLoS One, 10, e0142803.

MacBeth, A., Law, J., McGowan, I., Norrie, J., Thompson, L., & Wilson, P. (2015). Mellow Parenting: systematic review and meta-analysis of an intervention to promote sensitive parenting. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 57, 1119-1128.

Marryat, L., Thompson, L., Minnis, H., & Wilson, P. (2015). Exploring the social, emotional and behavioural development of preschool children: is Glasgow different? International Journal for Equity in Health, 14, 3.

Sampson, R., Cooper, J., Barbour, R., Polson, R., & Wilson, P. (2015). Patients' perspectives on the medical primary-secondary care interface: systematic review and synthesis of qualitative research. BMJ Open, 5, e008708.

Sim, F., Haig, C., O'Dowd, J., Thompson, L., Law, J., McConnachie, A., ... Wilson P. (2015). Development of a triage tool for neurodevelopmental risk in children aged 30 months. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 45-46, 69-82.

White, J., Thompson, L., Puckering, C., Waugh, H., Henderson, M., MacBeth, A. & Wilson, P. (2015). Antenatal parenting support for vulnerable women. British Journal of Midwifery, 23, 724-732.


Allely, C.S., Gillberg, C., & Wilson, P. (2014). Neurobiological abnormalities in the first few years of life in individuals later diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder: a review of recent data. Behavioural Neurology, 210780.

Allely, C.S., Minnis, H., Thompson, L., Wilson, P., & Gillberg, C. (2014). Neurodevelopmental and psychosocial risk factors in serial killers and mass murderers. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 19, 288–301.

Fernell E., Wilson, P., Hadjikhani, N., Bourgeron, T., Neville, B., Taylor, D., ...  Gillberg, C. (2014). Screening, intervention and outcome in autism and other developmental disorders: the role of randomized controlled trials. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 44, 2074-2076.

Johnson, P., Ahamat, B., McConnachie, A., Puckering, C., Marwick, H., Furnivall, D., ... Wilson, P. (2014). Motor activity at age one year does not predict ADHD at seven years. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research, 23, 9-18.

Marryat, L.J., Thompson, L., Minnis, H., & Wilson, P. (2014). Associations between social isolation pro-social behaviour and emotional development in pre-school aged children: a population based survey of kindergarten staff. BMC Psychology, 2, 44.

Puckering, C., Allely, C.S., Doolin, O., Purves, D., McConnachie, A., Johnson, P.C., ... Wilson P. (2014). Association between parent-infant interactions in infancy and disruptive behaviour disorders at age seven: a nested, case-control ALSPAC study. BMC Pediatrics, 56,223.

Scott, S., Lewsey, J., Thompson, L., & Wilson, P. (2014). Early parental physical punishment and emotional and behavioural outcomes in preschool Children. Child: Care, Health and Development, 40, 337-345.

Thomson, R., Allely, C.S., Purves, D., Puckering, C., McConnachie, A., Johnson, P., … Wilson, P. (2014). Predictors of Positive and Negative Parenting Behaviours. Evidence from the ALSPAC cohort. BMC Paediatrics, 14, 247.


Allely, C.S., Purves, D., McConnachie, A., Marwick, H., Johnson, P., Doolin, O., … Wilson, P. (2013). Parent-infant vocalisations at 12 months predict psychopathology at 7 years. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34, 985-993.

Allely, C.S., Johnson, P.C.D., Marwick, H., Lidstone, E., Kocovská, E., Puckering, C., ... Wilson, P. (2013). Prediction of 7-year psychopathology from mother-infant joint attention behaviours: a nested case--control study. BMC Pediatrics, 13, 147.

Kočovská, E., Wilson, P., Young, D., Wallace, A.M., Gorski, C., Follan, M., ... Minnis, H. (2013). Cortisol secretion in children with symptoms of reactive attachment disorder. Psychiatry Research, 209, 74-77.

Marwick, H., Doolin, O., Allely, C.S., McConnachie, A., Johnson, P., Puckering, C., ... Wilson, P. (2013). Predictors of diagnosis of child psychiatric disorder in adult-infant social-communicative interaction at 12 months. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34, 562-572.

Pritchett, R., Minnis, H., Puckering, C., Rajendran, G., & Wilson, P. (2013). Can behaviour during immunisation be used to identify attachment patterns? A feasibility study. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 50, 386-391.

Pritchett, R., Fitzpatrick, B., Watson, N., Cotmore, R., Wilson, P., Bryce, G., ... Minnis, H. (2013). A feasibility randomised controlled trial of the new orleans intervention for infant mental health: a study protocol. Scientific World Journal, 2013, 838042.

Sim, F., O Dowd, J., Thompson, L., Law, J., Macmillan, S., Affleck, M., ... Wilson, P. (2013). Language and social/emotional problems identified at a universal developmental assessment at 30 months. BMC Pediatrics, 13, 206.

Thompson, L.C., Wilson, P.M.J., & McConnachie, A. (2013). A universal 30-month child health assessment focussed on social and emotional development. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 3, 13-22.

Walker, H., Wilson, P., & Minnis, H. (2013). The impact of a new service for maltreated children on Children's Hearings in Scotland: a qualitative study. Adoption & Fostering, 37, 14-27.

White, J., Connelly, G., Thompson, L., & Wilson, P. (2013). Assessing wellbeing at school entry using the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire: professional perspectives. Educational Research, 55, 87- 98.

Wilson, C., Hogg, R., Henderson, M., & Wilson, P. (2013). Patterns of primary care service use by families with young children. Family Practice, 30, 679-694.

Williams, C., Wilson, P., Morrison, J., McMahon, A., Andrew, W., Allan, L., … Tansey, L. (2013). Guided self-help cognitive behavioural therapy for depression in primary care: a randomised controlled trial. PLoS One, 8, e52735.

Wilson, P., McQuaige, F., Thompson, L., & McConnachie, A. (2013). Language delay is not predictable from available risk factors. Scientific World Journal, 2013, 947018.

Wilson, P., Bradshaw, P., Tipping, S., Henderson, M., Der, G., & Minnis, H. (2013). What predicts persistent early conduct problems? Evidence from the Growing Up in Scotland cohort. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 67, 76-80.


Allely, C.S., Doolin, O., Gillberg, C., Gillberg, I.C., Puckering, C., Smillie, M., … Wilson, P. (2012). Can psychopathology at age 7 be predicted from clinical observation at one year? Evidence from the ALSPAC cohort. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 33, 2292-2300.

Kočovská, E., Puckering, C., Follan, M., Smillie, M., Gorski, C., Barnes, J., … Minnis, H. (2012). Neurodevelopmental problems in maltreated children referred with indiscriminate friendliness. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 33, 1560–1565.

Latimer, K., Wilson, P., Kemp, J., Thompson, L., Sim, F., Gillberg, C., … Minnis, H. (2012). Disruptive behaviour disorders: a systematic review of environmental antenatal and early years risk factors. Child: Care, Health and Development, 38, 611–628.

Macdonald, S., Maxwell, M., Wilson, P., Smith, M., Whittaker, W., Sutton, M., & Morrison, J. (2012). “A powerful intervention: general practitioners'; use of sickness certification in depression”. BMC Family Practice, 13, 82.

Whittaker, W., Sutton, M., MacDonald, S., Maxwell, M., Smith, M., Wilson, P., & Morrison, J. (2012). The Effect of Mental Ill Health on Absence From Work in Different Occupational Classifications: Analysis of Routine Data in the British Household Panel Survey. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 54, 1539-1544.

Williamson, A.E., Johnson, P.C., Mullen, K., & Wilson, P. (2012).The disappearance of the "revolving door" patient in Scottish general practice: successful policies. BMC Family Practice, 13, 95.

Wilson, C., Thompson, L., McConnachie, A., & Wilson, P. (2012). Matching parenting support needs to service provision in a universal 13-month child health surveillance visit. Child: Care, Health and Development, 38, 665–674.

Wilson, P., Rush, R., Hussey, S., Puckering, C., Sim, F., Allely, C.S., … Gillberg, C. (2012). How evidence-based is an ‘evidence-based parenting program’? A PRISMA systematic review and meta-analysis of Triple P. BMC Medicine, 10, 130.

Wood, R., & Wilson, P. (2012). General practitioner provision of preventive child health care: analysis of routine consultation data. BMC Family Practice, 13, 73.


Allely, C.S., & Wilson, P. (2011). Diagnosing autism spectrum disorders in primary care. Practitioner, 255, 27-30, 33.

Hunter, A.L., Minnis, H., & Wilson, P. (2011). Altered stress responses in children exposed to early adversity: a systematic review of salivary cortisol studies. Stress, 14, 614-626.

Puckering, C., Webster, J., & Wilson, P. (2011). Secure mother-infant attachment and the ABC programme: a case history. Community Practitioner, 84, 35-37.

Pritchett, R., Kemp, J., Wilson, P., Minnis, H., Bryce, G., & Gillberg, C. (2011). Quick, simple measures of family relationships for use in clinical practice and research. A systematic review. Family Practice, 28, 172-187.

Wilson, P. (2011). Why invest in the pre-school years? In R., Jolly (Ed.), "Thinking ahead: why we need to improve children's mental health and wellbeing". London: Faculty of Public Health.

Wilson, P., Puckering, C., McConnachie, A., Marwick, H., Reissland, N., & Gillberg, C. (2011). Inexpensive video cameras used by parents to record social communication in epidemiological investigations in early childhood-A feasibility study. Infant Behavior & Development, 34, 63-71.


Lim, K., Corlett, L., Thompson, L., Law, J., Wilson, P., Gillberg, C., & Minnis, H. (2010). Measuring attachment in large population studies: a systematic review. Educational and Child Psychology, 27, 22-32.

Minnis, H., Bryce, G., Phin, L., & Wilson, P. (2010). The “Spirit of New Orleans”: translating a model of intervention with maltreated children and their families for the Glasgow context. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 15, 497–509.

Thompson, L., Kemp, J., Wilson, P., Pritchett, R., Minnis, H., Toms-Whittle, L., … Gillberg C. (2010). What have birth cohort studies asked about genetic, pre- and perinatal exposures and child and adolescent onset mental health outcomes? A systematic review. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 19, 1–15.

Whittaker, W., Sutton, M., Maxwell, M., Munoz-Arroyo, R., MacDonald, S., Power, A., … Morrison, J. (2010). Predicting which people with psychosocial distress are at risk of becoming dependent on state benefits: analysis of routinely available data. BMJ, 341, c3838.

Wilson, P., & Mullin, A. (2010). Child neglect: what does it have to do with general practice? British Journal of General Practice, 60, 5-7.

Wilson, P., Thompson, L., Puckering, C., McConnachie, A., Holden, C., Cassidy, C., & Gillberg, C. (2010). Parent-child relationships: are health visitors’ judgements reliable? Community Practitioner 83, 22-25.


Macdonald, S., Morrison, J., Maxwell, M., Munoz-Arroyo, R., Power, A., Smith, M., … Wilson, P. (2009). ‘A coal face option': GPs’ perspectives on the rise in antidepressant prescribing. British Journal of General Practice, 59, e299-e307.

Morrison, J., Anderson, M.J., Sutton, M., Munoz–Arroyo, R., McDonald, S., Maxwell, M., … Wilson, P. (2009). Factors influencing variation in prescribing of antidepressants by general practices in Scotland. British Journal of General Practice, 59, e25-e31.

Wilson, P., Minnis, H., Puckering, C., & Gillberg, C. (2009). Should we aspire to screen preschool children for conduct disorder? Archives of Disease in Childhood, 94, 812-816.


Connelly, G., Lockhart, E., Wilson, P., Furnivall, J., Bryce, G., Barbour, R., & Phin, L. (2008). Teachers’ responses to the emotional needs of children and young people . Results from the Scottish Needs Assessment Programme. Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, 13, 7–19.

McKinstry, B., Wilson, P., & Espie, C. (2008). Non-pharmacological management of chronic insomnia in primary care. British Journal of General Practice, 58, 79-80.

Morrison, J., Anderson, M.J., MacDonald, S., Maxwell, M., Munoz-Arroyo, R., Power, A., … Wilson, P. (2008). Relationship between antidepressant and anxiolytic/hypnotic prescribing: a mixed-methods study. European Journal of General Practice, 14, 129-135.

Wilson, P., Barbour, R.S., Graham, C., Currie, M., Puckering, C., & Minnis, H. (2008). Health visitors’ assessments of parent-child relationships: a focus group study. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 45, 1137-1147.

Wilson, P., Furnivall, J., Barbour, R.S., Connelly, G., Bryce, G., Phin, L., & Stallard, A. (2008). The work of health visitors and school nurses with children with psychological and behavioural problems. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 61, 445–455.


Campbell, N.C., Murray, E., Darbyshire, J., Emery, J., Farmer, A., Griffiths, F., … Kinmonth, A.L. (2007). Designing and evaluating complex interventions to improve health care. BMJ, 334, 455-459.

Espie, C.A., MacMahon, K.M., Kelly, H.L., Broomfield, N.M., Douglas, N.J., Engleman, H.M., … Wilson P. (2007). Randomized clinical effectiveness trial of nurse-administered small-group cognitive behavior therapy for persistent insomnia in general practice. Sleep, 30, 574-584.

Furnivall, J., Wilson, P., Barbour, R.S., Connelly, G., Bryce, G., & Phin, L. (2007). “Hard to know what to do”: how residential child care workers experience the mental health needs of young people. Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care 6, 1-13.

Wilson, P. (2007). Recognising childhood neuropsychiatric disorders. Practitioner, 251, 26-27, 29-30.


Thomson, H., Ross, S., Wilson, P., McConnachie, A., & Watson, R. (2002). Mothers’ use of and attitudes to Baby Check. British Journal of General Practice, 52, 314-316.


Wilson, P., Sharp, C., & Carr, S. (1999). The prevalence of gender dysphoria in Scotland: a primary care study. British Journal of General Practice, 49, 991-992.


Gruer, L., Wilson, P., Scott, R., Elliott, L., Macleod, J., Harden, K., … Silk, P. (1997). General practitioner centred scheme for treatment of opiate dependent drug injectors in Glasgow. BMJ, 314, 1730-1735.

Wilson, P. (1997). What the doctor ordered: the role of the GP. In J. Gordon, & G. Grant, How We Feel :An Insight Into the Emotional World of Teenagers. London: Kingsley.


Ralston, G.E., & Wilson, P. (1996). Methadone programmes. The costs and benefits to society and the individual. PharmacoEconomics, 10, 321-326.


Wilson, P., Watson, R., & Ralston, G.E. (1995). Supporting problem drug users: improving methadone maintenance in general practice. British Journal of General Practice, 45, 454-455.

Wilson, P.M., Sullivan, F., Hussein, S., & Smith, G.D. (1995). Examination of the effects of emotional disturbance and its detection on general practice patients' satisfaction with the consultation. British Journal of General Practice, 45, 304-309.


Wilson, P., Watson, R., & Ralston, G.E. (1994). Methadone maintenance in general practice: patients, workload and outcomes. BMJ, 309, 641-644.




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