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


Ivenuik J, Donnelly PD, Hawkley L. The death of confidents and changes in older adults’ social lives. Res Aging. 2020 ( in press)

Craig W, Boneil-Nissim M,King N,Walsh SD, Boer M Donnelly PD et al Social media use and cyber bullying : a cross national analysis of young people in 42 countries . J Adolescent health 2020 ( in press)

Stewart E,Erica A, Greer SL, Donnelly PD. Between a rock and hard place: comparing arms’ length bodies for public involvement in healthcare across the UK. Health Policy. 202; 104(3):246-51


Donnelly PD, Erwin PC, Fox DM, Grogan C. Single-payer, multiple-payer, and state-based financing of health care: introduction to the special section. Am J Public Health. 2019;109(11):1482-3. [Editorial]

Morton Ninomiya NE, George N(P), George J, Linklater R, Bull J, Plain S, Graham K, Bernards S, Peach LL, Stergiopoulos V, Kurdyak P, McKinley G, Donnelly P, Wells S. A community-driven and evidence-based approach to developing mental wellness strategies in First Nations: a program protocol. Res Involv Engagem. Forthcoming 2019.

O’Neill M, Buajitti E, Donnelly PD, Lewis J, Kornas K, Rosella L. Characterizing risk of homicide in a population based cohort. J Epidemiol Community Health. Forthcoming 2019.

Greer SL, Jarman H, Donnelly PD. Lessons for the United States from single payer systems. Am J Public Health. 2019;109(11):1493-6.

Stewart E, Greer SL, Ercia A, Donnelly PD. Transforming health care: the policy and politics of service reconfiguration in the UK’s four health systems. Health Econ Policy Law. 2019 Apr 12 [Epub ahead of print].

Shahzad M, Upshur R, Donnelly P, Bharmal A, Wei X, Feng P, Brown AD. A population- based approach to integrated healthcare delivery: a scoping review of clinical care and public health collaboration. BMC Public Health. 2019;19(1):708.

Elgar FJ, Gariepy G, Dirks M, Walsh SD, Molcho M, Cosma A, Malinowska-Cieslik M, Donnelly PD, Craig W. Association of early-life exposure to income inequality with bullying in adolescence in 40 countries. JAMA Pediatr. 2019;173(7):e191181.


Elgar FJ, Donnelly PD, Michaelson V, Gariépy G, Reihm KE, Walsh SD, Pickett W. Corporal punishment bans and physical fighting in adolescents: an ecological study of 88 countries. BMJ Open. 2018;8(9):e021616.

Michaelson V, Donnelly P, Morrow W, King N, Craig W, Pickett W. Violence, adolescence, and Canadian religious communities: a quantitative study. J Interpers Violence. 2018 May 1 [Epub ahead of print].

Piggott T, Harrington D, Mann R, Hamilton HA, Donnelly PD, Manson H. Youth violence victims and perpetrators in Ontario: identifying a high-risk group and a focus for public health prevention. Can J of Public Health. 2018;109(2):195-203.