Dr Amanda Wilson

Job: Lecturer Psychology

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: 0116 2078 815

E: amanda.wilson@dmu.ac.uk

W: http://dmu.ac.uk/ips


Personal profile

Dr Wilson is a qualitative psychologist who uses discourse analysis to better understand marginalisation and health. She is broadly interested in the training and development of health professionals and applying discourse analysis to address health disparities in local, national and international communities. Her area of expertise is in sexual and reproductive health. To date her research has focused on British men’s engagement in family planning in order to improve maternal health. She has investigated multiple perspectives to further understand how British men’s engagement is influenced by: men themselves, health services, nurse practitioners, training manuals, female partners, male contraceptive methods and seminal constructs.

Her background also includes practical experience providing harm reduction and education to injecting drug users (illicit and/or image and performance enhancing drugs), including individuals with a dual diagnosis and sex workers. This in part involved delivering training on harm reduction within drug services. She has a professional degree from the University of Chicago. During her degree she completed independent research on poverty and marginalisation in India, focusing on both health and family planning within a Muslim slum community. She also gained experience in the non-profit sector in Chicago. Dr Wilson continues to use the principles of social justice and reproductive justice to guide her work. She remains active in her community, volunteering on outreach with street sex workers in the local area.

Research group affiliations

The Institute for Psychological Sciences and the Centre for Reproduction Research

Publications and outputs 

Shuai, L., Wang, Y., Li, W., Wilson, A., Wang, S., Chen, R., & Zhang, J. (2020). Executive Function Training for Preschool Children With ADHD: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Attention Disorders.

Duan, Z., Wang, Y., Jiang, P., Wilson, A., Guo, Y., Lv, Y., ... & Xia, M. (2020). Postpartum depression in mothers and fathers: a structural equation model. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth20(1), 1-6.

Wang,Y., Hu, Z., Feng, Y., Wilson, A., & Chen, R. (2020). Changes in network centrality of psychopathology symptoms between the COVID-19 outbreak and after peak. Molecular Psychiatry, 1-10.

Wang, Y., Duan, Z., Peng, K., Li, D., Ou, J., Wilson, A., ... & Chen, R. (2020). Acute stress disorder among frontline health professionals during the COVID-19 outbreak: A structural equation modelling investigation. Psychosomatic Medicine.

Wang, Y., Pan, B., Liu, Y., Wilson, A., Ou, J., & Chen, R. (2020). Health care and mental health challenges for transgender individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, 8(7),564-565.

Duan, S., Duan, Z., Li, R., Wilson, A., Wang, Y., Jia, Q., ... & Wang, S. (2020). Bullying victimization, bullying witnessing, bullying perpetration and suicide risk among adolescents: A serial mediation analysis. Journal of Affective Disorders273, 274-279.

Shi, L., Wang, Y., Yu, H., Wilson, A., Cook, S., Duan, Z., Peng, Ke., Hu, Z., Ou, J., Duan, S., Yang, Y., Ge, J., Wang, H., Chen, Li., Zhao, K., & Chen, R. (2020). The relationship between childhood trauma and Internet gaming disorder among college students: A structural equation model, Journal of Behavioral Addictions J Behav Addict9(1), 175-180.

Duan S, Wang H, Wilson A, Qiu J, Chen G, He Y, Wang Y, Ou J, Chen R.(2020). Developing a Text Messaging Intervention to Reduce Deliberate Self-Harm in Chinese Adolescents: Qualitative Study. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth, 8(6):e16963

Chen, R., Peng, K., Liu, J., Wilson, A., Wang, Y., Wilkinon, M. R., Wen, S., Cao, X., & Lu, J. (2020). Interpersonal Trauma and Risk of Depression Among Adolescents: The Mediating and Moderating Effect of Interpersonal Relationship and Physical Exercise. Frontiers in Psychiatry11, 194. 

Lu, L., Duan, Z., Wang, Y., Wilson, A., Yang, Y., Zhu, L., ... & Wang, S. (2020). Mental health outcomes among Chinese prenatal and postpartum women after the implementation of universal two-child policy. Journal of Affective Disorders264, 187-192.

Wang, Y., Wilson, A., Chen, R., Hu, Z., Peng, K., & Xu, S. (2019). Behind the rainbow," Tongqi" wives of men who have sex with men in China: a systematic review Running head: Wives of Chinese MSM. Frontiers in Psychology10, 2929.

Wilson, A. D. (2019). British Couples’ Experiences of Men as Partners in Family Planning.The Journal of Men’s Studies, 28(1), 22-44.

Wilson, A. D. (2018). ‘Do you know how to use a condom?’–UK nurse practitioners’ conversation about men and family planning. Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare, 17, 26-30.

Wilson, A. D. (2018). “Put It in Your Shoe It Will Make You Limp”: British Men’s Online Responses to a Male Pill. The Journal of Men’s Studies, 26(3), 247-265.

Wilson, A. D., Fylan, F., & Gough, B. (2018). Marginalisation of men in family planning texts: An analysis of training manuals. Health Education Journal, 77(4), 387-397.

Research interests/expertise

  • Discourse Analysis
  • Marginalisation and Health
  • Training and Development of Health Professionals
  • Men and Family Planning
  • Drug Harm Reduction and Education

Areas of teaching

  • Further Research Methods for Psychologists
  • Conceptual Issues and Critical Debates in Psychology


  • PhD
  • AM
  • BA (Hons) 

Courses taught

  • BSc Psychology

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Chartered Psychologist, the British Psychological Society, Since 2019
  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Since 2018
  • Member of the Society for Community Research and Action, the American Psychological Association, Since 2016
  • Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society, Since 2015
  • Member of the American Psychological Association, Since 2015
  • Member of the Division of Health Psychology, the British Psychological Society, 2014-2015

Current research students

Sara Taylor, Part-time, 1st Supervisor

Ngosa Kambashi, Full-time, 1st Supervisor

Alan Lo, Part-time, 2nd Supervisor 

Emily Smith, Full-time, 2nd Supervisor

Tasha Dale, Full-time, 2nd Supervisor

Jane Petrie, Part-time, Advisor


Externally funded research grants information

Mental Health Literacy in Urban and Rural Communitites in India: An interdisciplinary approach using applied theatre methodology (MeHeLP), ESRC/AHRC/GCRF, 12/2018-02/2021, Co-Investigator, £680,000

Internally funded research project information

Gay, Bisexual and Men who have Sex with Men’s Experiences of Risks during Chemsex, Institute for Psychological Sciences, 02/2019-02/2020, Principal Investigator, £784

Young People's Experiences of Cross-dressing and Mental Health: A Chinese Qualitative Study, Institute for Psychological Sciences, 02/2020-02/2021, Principal Investigator, £1,000

Young People's Experiences of Online Crimes, Institute for Psychological Sciences, 02/2020-02/2021, Principal Investigator, £1,000

What Stressors are experienced by UG and PG students- a pilot study, Insitute of Psychological Sciences, 02/2020-02/2021, Co-Investigator, £500

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