Professor Barry Wright


Director of Research (York)

Role at Hull York Medical School

Barry is a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist. He is clinical advisor to the Board for child mental health services in the Leeds and York Partnership Foundation Trust. He is Clinical Lead for the National Deaf Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, which achieved National Commissioning Group funding in April 2009, with bases in York, London, Dudley and Taunton. Barry runs the Mental Health curriculum at Hull York Medical School in Year 3, and sits on the school's Admissions Committee. For more information about research interests please visit the COMIC website.


Principal Investigator




Early parenting interventions for families with young children showing severe attachment problems: an integrated evidence synthesis


Oct 2011-


Are Social Stories for children with autism in mainstream schools effective?

NIHR Health

Oct 2011-


Adapting, translating and validating the services research child, parent and teacher versions of the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire for deaf children 

NIHR Research for Patient Benefit programme

July 2011-


Computerised cognitive behaviour therapy for depression in adolescents. A randomised controlled trial.

YorkNeuroimaging Research Fund

(2007 – date)


Brain Activation Differences between ASD and controls when viewing emotions on faces.

YorkNeuroimaging Research Fund

(2007 – date)


A magnetoencephalography study of brain activation changes before and after cognitive behaviour therapy for spider phobia


(2008- date)


Serotonin transporter gene status as a predictor of recovery after surgery

London Law Trust / YorkInnovations Funds

(completed Jan 2010)

Pilot RCT of melatonin and placebo children with autism and severe sleep disorders

York Innovations Fund

(completed 2008)


Emotional recognition in young people with Asperger syndrome compared to age, sex, IQ matched controls

PPP Healthcare

(completed 2006)


Adolescent CFS/ME treatment RCT





The psychological and mental health assessment of young offenders: a systematic review (November 2010)

CI Dean McMillan


Wright B, Alderson-Day, Prendergast G, Bennett S, Jordan J, Whitton C, Gouws A, Jones N, Attur R, Tomlinson H, Green G (2012) Gamma activation in young people with autism spectrum disorders and typically developing controls when viewing emotions on faces. PLoS ONE (accepted for publication)

Wright B, Pearce H, Allgar V, Miles J, Whitton C, Leon I, Jardine J, McCaffrey N, Smith R, Holbrooke I, Lewis J, Goodall D, Alderson-Day B (2012) A Comparison of Urinary Mercury between Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Control Children. PLoS ONE 7(2): e29547. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0029547

Wright B, Beverley D (2012) Pervasive refusal syndrome. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 17 (2), 221 - 228.

Wright B, Richardson, G (2011) How 'Together We Stand' transformed the local delivery of mental health services. Health Service Journal, (published online 31 March 2011):

Wright B, Sims D, Smart S, Alwazeer A, Alderson- Day B, Allgar V, Whitton C, Tomlison C, Bennett S, Jardine, J McCaffrey N, Leyland,  Jakeman C, Miles J (2010) Melatonin versus placebo in children with autism spectrum conditions and severe sleep problems not amenable to behaviour management strategies: A Randomised Controlled Crossover Trial Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 41, 175-184.

Pillay M, Alderson-Day B, Wright B, Williams C, Urwin B (2010)  Autism Spectrum Conditions Enhancing Nurture and Development (ASCEND):  An evaluation of intervention support groups for parents. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry 16, 5-20.

Wright B, Williams C, Sykes M (2010) A child and adolescent service for children with intellectual disabilities. 8 years on. The Psychiatrist, 34, 195-199.

McMillan, Wright B, Davison G, Bennett J (2009) Criminal records and studying medicine. Student BMJ, 17,178-179.

Wright B, Aldridge J, Wurr K, Sloper T, Tomlison H, Miller M (2009) Clinical dilemmas in children with life limiting illnesses: decision making and the law. Palliative Medicine, 23, 238-247.

Smith RA, Farnworth H, Wright B, Allgar V (2009) Are there more bowel symptoms in children with autism compared to normal children and other children with other developmental and neurological disorders? Autism, 13, 343-355.

Wright B (2009)  Development in deaf and blind children. Psychiatry. 7,  286-289.

Wright B, Clarke N, Jordan J, Young AW, Clarke P,  Miles J, Nation K, Clarke L, Williams C (2008)  Emotion recognition in faces and the use of visual context information  in young people with Autism Spectrum Disorders and an IQ score above 70. Autism, 12, 607-626.

Wright B, Williams C, Richardson G (2008) Services for children with learning disabilities. Psychiatric Bulletin, 32, 81-84.

Whitton C, Williams C, Wright B, Jardine J, Hunt A (2008) The Role of Evaluation in the Development of a Service for Children with Life Limiting Conditions in the Community. Child: Care, Health and Development34, 576-583.

Soria AC, Wright B, Goodall DM, Wilson J, (2007) Data processing in metabolic fingerprinting by CE-UV: application to urine samples from autistic children. Electrophoresis, 28, 950-964.

Nation K, Clarke P, Wright B, Williams C (2006) Patterns of reading ability in children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 36, 911-919.

Ashby B, Wright B, Jordan J (2006) Chronic fatigue syndrome: an evaluation of a community based management programme for adolescents and their families. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 11, 13-18.

Wright B, Ashby B, Beverley D, Calvert E, Jordan J, Miles J, Williams C. (2005) A feasibility study comparing two treatment approaches for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in Adolescents. Archives of Disease in Childhood. 90, 369-372.

Wright B, Brzozowski AM, Calvert C, Farnworth H, Goodall DM, Holbrook I, Imrie G, Jordan J, Kelly A, Miles J, Smith R, Town J (2005) Is the presence of urinary indolyl-3-acryloylglycine associated with autism spectrum disorder? Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology47, 190-192.

Wright B Casswell G, White D, Patridge I (2004) Family work in adolescent psychosis: the need for more research. Clinical Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry; 9, 61-74.

Wright B, Gannon MJ, Greenberg M, House A, Rutherford T (2003) Psychiatric morbidity following endometrial ablation and its association with genuine menorrhagia. British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology; 110, 358-363.

Wright B, Elvans H, King P, Schneider J, Thompson R, Gillance H (2002) Developing a multi-agency bereavement service. European Journal of Palliative Care; 9(4), 160-163.

Hewson L, Wright B (2002) Joint trainers and trainees forum – a collaborative approach to higher specialist training. Psychiatric Bulletin; 26, 33-35.

Williams C, Wright B, Callaghan G, Coughlan B (2002) Do children with autism learn to read more readily by computer assisted instruction or by traditional book method. Autism; 6, 71-91.

Green K, Williams C, Wright B, Partidge I (2001) Developing a child and adolescent mental health service for children with learning disabilities. Psychiatric Bulletin; 25, 264-267.

Wright B, Partridge I, Williams C (2001) A metal strongbox. A metaphor for use in bereavement work. European Journal of Palliative Care; 8, 24-26.

McGuire RJ, Berg I, McKenzie I, Wright B, Foreman D, Chandiramani K (2000) Have the cross informant syndromes of the CBCL any practical value in identifying grouped ICD-10 diagnoses. European Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; 9, 263-270.

Wright B, Partridge I, Williams C (2000) Evidence and attribution: reflections upon the management of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry; 5(4), 626-636.

Wright B, Partridge I, Williams C (2000) Management of chronic fatigue syndrome in children. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment; 6, 145-152.

Black J, Wright B, Williams C, Smith R (1999) Paediatric liaison service. Psychiatric Bulletin 23, 528-530.

Wright J B, Williams C (1999). Management advice for children with Chronic fatigue syndrome. A systematic study of information from the internet Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine 16(2), 67-71.

Williams C, Wright J B, Partridge I (1999) Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: a review. British Journal of General Practice49, 563-571.

Williams C, Wright J B, Smith R (1999) Child Health Education Assessment Forum (CHEAF). A multidisciplinary pow-wow for children. Psychiatric Bulletin 23, 104-106.

Wright J B, Patridge I (1999) Speaking ill of the dead. Paternal suicide as child abuse. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry 4(2), 225-231.

Wright J B, Beverley D W (1998) Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Archives of Disease in Childhood 79, 368-374

Wright B, McKenzie I, Stace J, Berg I (1998) Adult criminality in previously hospitalized child psychiatric patients: with particular reference to girls and the use of ICD-10 diagnoses. Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health8: 19-38

Wright B, West D, Worrall A, Tagg G (1996) Prevalence of confirmed child abuse and the use of resources in child psychiatric out-patients. Psychiatric Bulletin20: 207-209

Wright J B, Aldridge J, Gilliance H, Tucker A (1996) Hospice-based groups for bereaved siblings. European Journal of Palliative Care3(1): 10-15

Wright J B, Gannon M J, Greenberg M (1996) Psychological aspects of heavy periods: does endometrial ablation provide the answer? British Journal of Hospital Medicine55(5): 289-294

Wright J B D  & McKenzie I (1994) Stress induced loss of colour vision.Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry 1(2), 283-286

Wright J B D, Lunt B, Harris SJ, Wallace D (1994) A prospective study in three psychogeriatric day hospitals using administrative interventions to improve non-attendance.  International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 10, 55-61

Wright J B D (1993) Mania following sleep deprivation. British Journal of Psychiatry 163, 679-680

Wright B, Mindham R H S,  Burn W (1993) Canine Capgras. Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine 11(1), 31-33

Wright  J B D (1992) Exacerbation of akinetic seizures by atropine sulphate eye drops.  British Journal of Ophthalmology 76, 179-180.

Eardley I, Wright J B D, Abercrombie J. (1987) Case report: Cystic cutaneous metastases from transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder.  Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine  80, 314