Peter D. Donnelly

MD (University of Edinburgh)
MPH (University of Wales, College of Medicine)
MBA (University of Stirling)
MB CHB (University of Edinburgh)

Professional Interests

Violence reduction; Health system governance; Health Policy; Data linkage as a means to explore health systems and public health issues; Public health leadership; Effective communication in public health.


-Established and led a violence reduction research group which informed UK and WHO policy
-Co-led a study investigating the effectiveness of introducing direct elections to Scottish health boards which had a direct impact on government policy leading the administration to abandon an expensive and ineffective initiative and explore alternative ways of enhancing representativeness and accountability
-Championed multidisciplinary public health in the UK and played a significant role in public health training and in the development of clinical leaders
-Pioneered engaging and innovative ways of communicating annual public health report material, e.g., through story telling.

Additional Recent Publications

Molcho M, Walsh S, Donnelly P, de Matos MG, Pickett W. Trend in injury-related mortality and morbidity among adolescents across 30 countries from 2002 to 2010. Eur J Pub Health. 2015;25(Suppl2):33-36.

Chester KL, Callaghan M, Cosma A, Donnelly P, Craig W, Walsh S, et al. Cross-national time trends in bullying victimization in 33 countries among children aged 11, 13 and 15 from 2002 to 2010. Eur J Pub Health. 2015;25(Suppl2):61-64.

Hublet A, Bendtsen P, de Looze ME, Fotiou A, Donnelly P, Vilhjalmsson R, et al. Trends in the co-occurrence of tobacco and cannabis use in 15-year-olds from 2002 to 2010 in 28 countries of Europe and North America. Eur J Pub Health. 2015;25(Suppl2):73-75.

Erol R, Upton P, Mackenzie H, Donnelly P, Upton D. Delivering the future: an evaluation of a multidisciplinary clinical leadership programme. Br J Healthcare Manag. 2015;21(1):29-35.

Donnelly PD, Ward CL, editors. Oxford textbook of violence prevention: epidemiology, evidence and policy. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 2014.

Wilson I, Greer SL, Stewart EA, Donnelly PD. Turnout, information and heuristics in the Scottish Health Board elections: “Getting a CV with no job description”. Polit Stud. 2014 Dec 10. [Epub ahead of print]

Williams DJ, Currie D, Linden W, Donnelly PD. Addressing gang-related violence in Glasgow: a preliminary pragmatic quasi-experimental evaluation of the Community Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV). Aggress Violent Behav. 2014;19(6):686-91.

Neville FG, Goodall C, Williams DJ, Donnelly PD. Violence brief interventions: a rapid review. Aggress Violent Behav. 2014;19(6):692-8.

Clar C, Dyakova M, Curtis K, Dawson C, Donnelly PD, Knifton L, et al. Just telling and selling: current limitations in the use of digital media in public health: a scoping review. Public Health. 2014;128(12):1066-75.

Stewart EA, Wilson I, Donnelly PD, Greer SL. “I didn’t have a clue what we were doing”: (not) engaging 16 and 17 year old voters in Scotland. Scottish Affairs. 2014;23(3): 354–68.

Greer SL, Wilson Iain, Stewart EA, Donnelly PD. ‘Democratizing’ public services? Representation and elections in the Scottish NHS. Public Adm. 2014;92(4):1090-1105.

Gordon V, Williams DJ, Donnelly PD. Relationship between ADHD symptoms and antisocial behavior in a sample of older youths in adult Scottish prison. Pers Individ Dif. 2014;58:116-21.