Key COMIC publications

A list of key publications from the Child Oriented Mental Health Innovation Collaborative (COMIC).

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Wright, Barry. 2023. “Improving the Scope of Child Mental Health Interventions in Our Modern World” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 20, no. 12: 6149. 

Stott, J., Wright, T., Holmes, J., Wilson, J., Griffiths-Jones, S., Foster, D., & Wright, B. (2023). A systematic review of non-coding RNA genes with differential expression profiles associated with autism spectrum disorders. Plos one, 18(6), e0287131. 

Dias, R., Parker, J., Powell, L., Teige, C., Garside, M., & Wright, B. (2023). ‘Safety Nets’: a community based social prescribing intervention involving combined physical activity and psychoeducation for young people on mental health service waiting lists: a pilot service evaluation. Advances in Mental Health, 1-14. 

Wright B, Fearon P, Garside M, Tsappis E, Amoah E, Glaser D, Allgar V, Minnis H, Woolgar M, Churchill R, McMillan D. Routinely used interventions to improve attachment in infants and young children: a national survey and two systematic reviews. Health Technology Assessment. 2023;27(2). 

Wright, B., Kingsley, E., Cooper, C., Biggs, K., Bursnall, M., Wang, H. I., … & Le Couteur, A. (2023). I-SOCIALISE: Results from a cluster randomised controlled trial investigating the social competence and isolation of children with autism taking part in LEGO® based therapy (‘Play Brick Therapy’) clubs in school environments. Autism, 13623613231159699. 

Hodkinson, R.; Phillips, H.; Allgar, V.; Young, A.; Le Couteur, A.; Holwell, A.; Teige, C.; Wright, B. Comparison of Diagnostic Profiles of Deaf and Hearing Children with a Diagnosis of Autism. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2023, 20, x.


Garside, M., Wright, B., Nekooi, R., & Allgar, V. (2021). Mental Health Provision in UK Secondary Schools. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(22), 12222. 

Wright, B., Tindall, L., Scott, A. J., Lee, E., Biggs, K., Cooper, C., … & Marshall, D. (2022). One-session treatment compared with multisession CBT in children aged 7-16 years with specific phobias: the ASPECT non-inferiority RCT. Health technology assessment (Winchester, England), 1-174.  (NIHR – HTA Report) 

Tindall L, Scott AJ, Biggs K, Hayward E, Wilson J, Cooper C, Hargate R, Wright B and Gega L (2022) The alleviating specific phobias in children trial: Challenges and solutions to implementing a randomized controlled trial in clinical services. Front. Child Adolesc. Psychiatry 1:1027083. 

Armitt HA, Kingsley EN, Attwell L, White PCL, Woolley K, Garside M, et al. (2022) Co-production of a nature-based intervention for children with ADHD study (CONIFAS): Protocol for co-production phases. PLoS ONE 17(9): e0274375. 

Fenton C, Kingsley E. Scoping review: Alternatives to self‐harm recommended on mental health self‐help websites. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. 2022 Sep 14. 

Varley Danielle, Fenton Clare, Gargan Georgina, Taylor Olivia, Taylor Amelia, Kirby Natalie, Morton Michael, Barrow Jamie, Hatton Christopher and Wright Barry, A Systematic Review of Systematic Reviews Exploring the Factors Related to Child and Adolescent Self-Harm, Adolescent Psychiatry 2022; 12. 

Hayward E, Solaiman K, Bee P, Barr A, Edwards H, Lomas J, Tindall L, Scott AJ, Biggs K, Wright B. One-session treatment for specific phobias: Barriers, facilitators and acceptability as perceived by children & young people, parents, and clinicians. Plos one. 2022 Sep 15;17(9):e0274424. 

Barr, A., Coates, E., Kingsley, E., de la Cuesta, G. G., Biggs, K., Le Couteur, A., & Wright, B. (2022). A mixed methods evaluation of the acceptability of therapy using LEGO® bricks (LEGO® based therapy) in mainstream primary and secondary education. Autism Research. 


Garside, M., Wright, B., Nekooi, R., & Allgar, V. (2021). Mental Health Provision in UK Secondary Schools. International journal of environmental research and public health, 18(22), 12222. 

Wright, B., Hargate, R., Garside, M., Carr, G., Wakefield, T., Swanwick, R., … & Simpson, P. (2021). A systematic scoping review of early interventions for parents of deaf infants. BMC pediatrics, 21(1), 1-13. 

Tsappis E, Garside M, Wright B, et al. (2021)1147 Routinely used interventions for improving attachment in infants and young children: an updated systematic review and comprehensive UK survey. Archives of Disease in Childhood 2021;106:A246-A247. 

Hindley, K., Fenton, C., & McIntosh, J. (2021). A systematic review of enteral feeding by nasogastric tube in young people with eating disorders. Journal of eating disorders, 9(1), 1-13. 

Wright, B., Phillips, H., Allgar, V., Sweetman, J., Hodkinson, R., Hayward, E., … & Le Couteur, A. (2021). Adapting and validating the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised for use with deaf children and young people. Autism, 13623613211029116.