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 (she/her) is a public health psychologist who uses a wide repertoire of research methods to better understand marginalisation, health, and well-being. She is broadly interested in applying research to address health disparities in local, national, international, and online communities/virtual reality. Her area of subject expertise is in sexual and reproductive health.

Dr Wilson completed a qualitative PhD in Psychology using discourse analysis to explore British men’s engagement in family planning in order to improve maternal and infant health. She 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.

She holds a professional degree from the University of Chicago, for which she completed independent research on poverty and marginalisation in India, focusing on family planning within a Muslim slum community. She also gained further 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, and remains active volunteering in her community through outreach with street sex workers on the local beat and she volunteers as a researcher with the local LBGT+ sexual health service.

Research group affiliations

The Institute for Psychological Sciences and the Centre for Reproduction Research

Publications and outputs

1. Sexual and Reproductive Behaviors

 Wilson, A., Jin, Y., Xiao, C., Yan, H., Yu. B. Li, J., Wang, YY. (2023) A Confounding Discourse Analysis of Vietnamese Sex Workers’ Talk in the City of Kaiyuan, China. Archives of Sexual Behavior. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10508-022-02503-4

Wydera, S., & Wilson, A. (2022). A 16-year overview of vasectomy and vasectomy reversal in the United Kingdom. AJOG Global Reports2(4), 100105. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.xagr.2022.100105

Wilson, A. (2022). Men as Irrational Variables in Family Planning? Understanding the Landscape, Technological Advancements, and Extending Health Psychology Theories and Models. Technologies of Reproduction Across the Lifecourse, 225-246. https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/978-1-80071-733-620221020/full/html

Duan, Z., Wang, L., Guo, M., Ding, C., Huang, D., Yan, H., Wilson, A. and Li, S., (2021). Psychosocial characteristics and HIV-related sexual behaviors among cisgender, transgender, and gender non-conforming MSM in China. BMC Psychiatry21(1), pp.1-8. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12888-021-03189-z

Wilson, A., Wang, Y.Y., Chen, R. et al. (2021) A thematic analysis of experiences of HIV risks among female sex workers in the Yunnan-Vietnam Chinese border region. BMC Women's Health 21, 7. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-01143-x

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. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12884-020-03228-9

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. DOI: 10.1016/j.jad.2019.12.011

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. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02929/full

Wilson, A. D. (2019). British Couples’ Experiences of Men as Partners in Family Planning. The Journal of Men’s Studies28(1), 22-44. https://doi.org/10.1177/106082651984283

Wilson, A. D. (2018). ‘Do you know how to use a condom?’–UK nurse practitioners’ conversation about men and family planning. Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare17, 26-30. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.srhc.2018.05.005

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 Studies26(3), 247-265. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1060826518761433

Wilson, A. D., Fylan, F., & Gough, B. (2018). Marginalisation of men in family planning texts: An analysis of training manuals. Health Education Journal77(4), 387-397. https://doi.org/10.1177/0017896917751832

2. Well-being & Psychiatry

Jin Y, Xu S, Chen C, Wilson A, Gao D, Ji Y, Sun X and Wang Y (2022) Symptom association between social anxiety disorder, appearance anxiety, and eating disorders among Chinese University students: A network analysis to conceptualize comorbidity. Frontiers Public Health 10:1044081. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2022.1044081

Raghavan R, Brown B, Horne F, Kamal SR, Parameswaran U, Raghu A, Wilson A, Venkateswaran C, Svirydzenka N, Lakhanpaul M, Dasan C. (2022). Multiple Mental Health Literacies in a Traditional Temple Site in Kerala: The Intersection Between Beliefs, Spiritual and Healing Regimes. Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, 1-23. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11013-022-09800-6

Raghavan, R., Brown, B., Horne, F., Kumar, S., Parameswaran, U., Ali, A. B., Raghu, A., Wilson, A ... & Banu, A. (2022). Stigma and mental health problems in an Indian context. Perceptions of people with mental disorders in urban, rural and tribal areas of Kerala. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, doi: 10.1177/00207640221091187

Marandure, B. N., Mhizha, S., & Wilson, A. (2022). “Spice Was Made, by the Devil Himself”: A Thematic Analysis of the Experience of an Addiction to Synthetic Cannabinoids. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 1-9. doi: 10.1080/02791072.2022.2083534

Wang, Y., Zhang, Y., Wang, G., Duan, Z., Wilson, A., Yang, Y., ... & Chen, R. (2022). Latent profile analysis to identify subgroups of Chinese sexual minority adolescents at risk of suicidality. Preventive Medicine157, 107007. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2022.107007

Lin, Y., Xie, H., Huang, Z., Zhang, Q., Wilson, A., Hou, J., ... & Chen, R. (2021). The mental health of transgender and gender non-conforming people in China: a systematic review. The Lancet Public Health6(12), e954-e969. doi: 10.1016/S2468-2667(21)00236-X

Wang, Y., Warmenhoven, H., Feng, Y., Wilson, A., Guo, D., & Chen, R. (2021). The relationship between childhood trauma and suicidal ideation, the mediating role of identification of all humanity, indifference and loneliness. Journal of Affective Disorders, 299, 658-665. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2021.12.052

Wang, H., Wang, Y., Wang, G., Wilson, A., Jin, T., Zhu, L., ... & Yang, Y. (2021). Structural family factors and bullying at school: a large scale investigation based on a Chinese adolescent sample. BMC Public Health21(1), 1-10. doi: 10.1186/s12889-021-12367-3

He, S., Shuai, L., Wang, Z., Qiu, M., Wilson, A., Xia, W., ... & Zhang, J. (2021). Online Learning Performances of Children and Adolescents With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder During the COVID-19 Pandemic. INQUIRY: The Journal of Health Care Organization, Provision, and Financing58, 00469580211049065. doi: 10.1177/00469580211049065

Wang, Y., Feng, Y., Han, M., Duan, Z., Wilson, A., Fish, J., ... & Chen, R. (2021). Methods of attempted suicide and risk factors in LGBTQ+ youth. Child Abuse & Neglect122, 105352. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2021.105352

Wang, Y., Ma, Z., Wilson, A., Hu, Z., Ying, X., Han, M., ... & Chen, R. (2021). Psychopathological symptom network structure in transgender and gender queer youth reporting parental psychological abuse: a network analysis. BMC Medicine19(1), 1-15. doi: 10.1186/s12916-021-02091-5

Liang, S., Zhang, J., Zhao, Q., Wilson, A., Huang, J., Liu, Y., ... & Zhang, L. (2021). Incidence Trends and Risk Prediction Nomogram for Suicidal Attempts in Patients With Major Depressive Disorder. Frontiers in Psychiatry12, 983. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2021.644038

Zhao, Q., Guo, T., Li, Y., Zhang, L., Lyu, N., Wilson, A., ... & Li, X. (2021). Clinical characteristic of prodromal symptoms between bipolar I and II disorder among Chinese patients: a retrospective study. BMC Psychiatry21(1), 1-11. doi: 10.1186/s12888-021-03295-y

Zhang, J., Li, W., Zhang, H., Wilson, A., Shuai, L., Xia, W., ... & Wang, Y. (2021). Callous-unemotional traits in Chinese preschool children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health15(1), 1-9. doi: 10.1186/s13034-021-00388-0. PMID: 34246300

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. https://doi.org/10.1177/1087054720956723

Li, D., Wang, Y., Yu, H., Duan, Z., Peng, K., Wang, N., Zhou, Q., Hu, X., Fang, K., Wilson, A. and Ou, J., (2021). Occupational burnout among frontline health professionals in a high-risk area during the COVID-19 outbreak: A structural equation model. Frontiers in Psychiatry12. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2021.575005. PMID: 33841197

Wang, Y., Wilson, A., Hu, Z. et al. (2021) Counselling and psychotherapy service use in Chinese sexual minority populations: a nationwide survey. BMC Psychiatry 21, 11. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12888-020-03010-3

Chen, R., Wang, Y., Liu, L., Lu, L., Wilson, A., Gong, S., ... & Ou, J. (2020). A qualitative study of how self-harm starts and continues among Chinese adolescents. BJPsych Open7(1). doi: 10.1192/bjo.2020.144

Wang, Y., Yu, H., Yang, Y., Li, R., Wilson, A., Wang, S., ... & Chen, R. (2020). The victim-bully cycle of sexual minority school adolescents in China: prevalence and the association of mood problems and coping strategies. Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences29. doi: 10.1017/S2045796020000918

Zhong, S., Lu, L., Wilson, A., Wang, Y., Duan, S., Ou, J., ... & Chen, R. (2020). Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptoms and suicidal ideation among college students: A structural equation modeling approach. Journal of Affective Disorders279, 572-577. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2020.10.020

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. doi: 10.1038/s41380-020-00881-6

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. doi: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000851

Wang, Y., Duan, Z., Ma, Z., Mao, Y., Li, X., Wilson, A., ... & Chen, R. (2020). Epidemiology of mental health problems among patients with cancer during COVID-19 pandemic. Translational Psychiatry10(1), 1-10. doi: 10.1038/s41398-020-00950-y

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. doi: 10.1016/S2213-8587(20)30182-0

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. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2020.03.143

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 Addictions9(1), 175-180. doi: 10.1556/2006.2020.00002

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. doi: 10.2196/16963. PMID: 32392173

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. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2020.00194. PMID: 32351408

3- Scale Validation

Kambashi, N., & Wilson, A. (2022). A mixed method study of UK Nurses’ perceptions of reproductive coercion in comparison to people with a wombs’ responses to the Reproductive Coercion Scale Adaption in an ethnic probability sample of UK residents (No. gc76d). Center for Open Science. https://osf.io/gc76d/

Feng, Y., Warmenhoven, H., Wilson, A., Jin, Y., Chen, R., Wang, Y., & Hamer, K. (2022). The Identification With All Humanity (IWAH) scale: its psychometric properties and associations with help-seeking during COVID-19. Current Psychology, 1-13. doi: 10.1007/s12144-022-03607-9

Han, M., Pan. B, Wang, Y.Y., Wilson, A., Chen, R., & Wu, R. (2022). Development and Psychometric Evaluation of the Gender Identity Scale for Transgender Women in China. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 792776. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.792776

Wang, Y., Feng, Y., Su, D., Wilson, A., Pan, B., Liu, Y., ... & Chen, R. (2021). Validation of the Chinese Version of the Gender Identity/Gender Dysphoria Questionnaire for Adolescents and Adults. The Journal of Sexual Medicine18(9), 1632-1640. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsxm.2021.05.007

Research interests/expertise

  • Marginalization and Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Men and Family Planning
  • Psychological Well-being

Areas of teaching

  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Conceptual Issues and Critical Debates in Psychology
  • Human Sexual and Reproductive Behaviors
  • Lifestyle, Wellness and Well-being
  • MSc Ethics Coordinator


  • PhD
  • AM
  • BA (Hons) 

Courses taught

  • BSc Psychology
  • MSc Psychological Well-being

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Affiliate Member, The Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists, Since 2021
  • 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

Ngosa Kambashi, Full-time, 1st Supervisor

Sara Taylor, Part-time, 1st Supervisor

Alan Lo, Part-time, 1st Supervisor 

Emily Smith, Full-time, 2nd Supervisor

Dr. Sanjana Kumar, 1st Supervisor

Externally funded research grants information

 Professionals' and Survivors' Perceptions of The Internet of Things and Coercive Control, ‘Living in a Digital Society’ 2022 ‘Spotlight’ Funding, Principal Investigator, £2,500

Online Safety Resource for Students in the Commercial Sex Industry, Academic Innovation Project, Principal Investigator, £1,287.06

Mental Health Literacy in Urban and Rural Communitites in India: An interdisciplinary approach using applied theatre methodology (MeHeLP), ESRC/AHRC/GCRF, 12/2018-10/2021, Co-Investigator, £680,000

Internally funded research project information

Community Pharmacists' Engagement of Men in Sexual and Reproductive Health. Institute for Psychological Sciences 05/2021-current. Principal Investigator, £2,500

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 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

Professional esteem indicators

Media Appearance- The Breakfast Show GBNews https://youtu.be/LKk3-NJ-jRU  

Review Editor, Frontiers in Public Health

External Ethics Reviewer, University of Sheffield

Chair, DMU Early Career Research Network Psychology

Case studies

Developing Culturally Sensitive and Evidence-Based Interventions to Promote the Health and Well-Being of Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Gay, Bisexual and Men Who Have Sex with Men (GBMSM). Impact Case Study REF 2021.