Professor Barry Wright

Chair in Child Mental Health

Role at Hull York Medical School

Barry is Chair in Child Mental Health at the University of York and consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist at Leeds and York NHS Partnership Foundation Trust. Barry is Director of Research at Hull York Medical School (University of York) and sits on the Hull York Medical School Management Board. He is Clinical Lead for the National Deaf Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, which achieved NHS England funding in April 2009, with ten bases across the UK. He is strategic research lead for child mental health research in the Leeds and York NHS Partnership Foundation Trust. For more information about research interests please visit the COMIC website (

Visit Barry's profile on the University of York website


Barry trained as GP and then a child psychiatrist and has worked as a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist in York since 1995. Over the years he has worked as Associate Medical Director and Clinical Director of the NHS Trust. He initially carried out research in between clinical and management work to answer important clinical questions. Over the years his enthusiasm for research grew and he became more and more involved with research, becoming an honorary professor in the Hull York Medical School in 2013 and then a substantive professor in 2016. He works within the Mental Health and Addictions Research Group led by Professor Simon Gilbody.


Barry's research focuses mainly around finding and researching child friendly interventions for mental health problems in children and young people. He currently runs three clinical trials in this field including an innovative randomised controlled trial for LEGO based therapy in schools for children on the autism spectrum.


Principal Investigator


A fully powered randomised controlled clinical trial to test the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of Social Stories in childhood autism. (ASSSIST2).

End Sept 2021




A systematic review of early interventions for parents of deaf infants

End Sep 2020




A fully powered non-inferiority randomised controlled clinical trial to test one session treatment with CBT based treatment as usual for specific phobia in children

End Jan 2021




Routinely used interventions for improving attachment in infants and young children: an updated systematic review and comprehensive UK survey

End Feb 2021



A fully powered randomised controlled clinical trial to test the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of LEGO based therapy in children with autism

End Dec 2020




Adapting translating and validating autism assessment instruments for Deaf children (DIADS).



Centre For Future Health (Wellcome/University of York)

A feasibility study of research to test the association between candidate microRNAs and autism spectrum disorders

End Dec 2019





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





Are Social Stories for children with autism in mainstream schools effective? A feasibility randomised controlled trial  (ASSSIST1)


NIHR Health



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



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


Medical School

Year 1 psychological health block

Year 3 mental health block

Communication masterclasses for medical students in years three, four and five

Special Study module (SSIP) around understanding deafness and culture

SSIP in research


View Professor Barry Wright's publications on the PURE Research Database.


Barry collaborates widely including NHS Trusts all over the country, over 200 schools in Yorkshire and beyond, local authorities and a wide range of voluntary agencies (notably the National Deaf Children's Society and the National Autistic Society). Barry has collaborated with a wide range of other University Departments at the University of York (Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, York Neuroimaging Centre, Social Policy Research Unit) and at other Universities including Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Cambridge and Sheffield). Barry has worked with clinical trials units in York and Sheffield

Postgraduate research supervision

Current postgraduate supervision:

Masters supervision (recent success Malini Pires: "mental health consequences of leishmaniasis; a systematic review")

PhD (current Lucy Tindall: "computerised Behavioural Activation Treatment for depression in young people" ; Taryn Bell: "the psychological, ethnographic and archaeological evidence for attachment to objects in evolution")

External roles

Until recently was external examiner at Aberdeen University.Trustee at Martin House Children's Hospice.Patron of local deaf charity Lollipop.Trustee of Biomation (Community Interest Company to support local young people with animation projects to promote well-being)