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Joe Reilly
Honorary Visiting Professor



Joe is the Clinical Director of Research and Development for Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust. After undergraduate medicine at Nottingham, he trained in adult psychiatry in London and Newcastle, and has worked as a consultant psychiatrist in the North East since 1997. He has held regional leadership roles in the NIHR Clinical Research Network.


  • BMedSci, BM BS, DM (Nottingham)
  • DipMedSci, CertMedEd (Newcastle)
  • FRCPsych



Joe’s research degree work examined the association between psychotropic drugs, cardiotoxicity and sudden death, and he retains an interest in drug safety. His main research interest is personality disorder - the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions, and approaches to diagnosis and risk. As co-investigator he has completed two major NIHR Health Technology Assessment funded randomised trials in personality disorder (PEPS and LABILE). 


Research group(s)



  • PhD supervision at University of York and Durham University

Other teaching

  • Structured Clinical Management in Borderline Personality Disorder (Teesside University)

External activities


  • Member of the British and Irish Group for the Study of Personality Disorder (BIGSPD)
  • Member of the British Association for Psychopharmacology
  • Member of the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology

Contact details

Professor Joe Reilly
Honorary Visiting Professor


Selected publications

  • Alabi A, Todd A, Husband A, Reilly J (2016).  Safety profile of lamotrigine in overdose.  Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology Published online August 8, 2016, doi: 10.1177/2045125316656707
  • McMurran M, Day F, Reilly J, Delport  J, McCrone P, Whitham D, Tan W, Duggan C, Montgomery AA, Williams HC, Adams CE, Jin H, Lewis M, Moran P, Crawford MJ (2016).  Psychoeducation and problem solving (PEPS) therapy for adults with personality disorder:  A pragmatic randomised controlled trial to determine the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a manualised intervention to improve social functioning.  Health Technology Assessment 20(52)
  • Crawford, M.J., Sanatinia, R., Barret, B., Byford, S., Cunningham, G., Gakhal, K., Lawrence-Smith, G., Leeson, V., Lemonsky, F., Lykomitrou, G., Montgomery, A., Morriss, R., Paton, C., Tan, W., Tyrer, P. & Reilly, J.G. (2015). Lamotrigine versus inert placebo in the treatment of borderline personality disorder: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial and economic evaluation. Trials 16: 308.
  • Sykes, M.J., Brabban, A. & Reilly, J. (2015). Balancing harms in support of recovery. Journal of Mental Health 24(3): 140-144.
  • Wood, V.J., Gesler, W., Curtis, S.E., Spencer, I.H., Close, H.J., Mason, J. & Reilly, J.G. (2015). 'Therapeutic landscapes' and the importance of nostalgia, solastalgia, salvage and abandonment for psychiatric hospital design. Health & Place 33: 83-89
  • Close, H., Reilly, J., Mason, J.M., Mukesh, K., Wilson, D., Main, J. & Hungin, A.P.S. (2014). Renal Failure in Lithium-Treated Bipolar Disorder: A Retrospective Cohort Study. PLOS ONE 9(3): e90169
  • Beckwith, H., Moran, P.F. & Reilly, J.G. (2014). Personality disorder prevalence in psychiatric outpatients: A systematic literature review. Personality and Mental Health 8(2): 91-101
  • Crawford, MJ, MacLaren, T & Reilly, JG (2014). Are mood stabilisers helpful in treatment of borderline personality disorder?. BMJ 349: g5378
  • Van Zyl, M., Wieczorek, G. & Reilly, J. G. (2013). Survey of venous thromboembolism incidence in mental health services for older people survey of in-patient units. Psychiatrist 37: 283-285
  • Gupta, S., Kripalani, M., Khastgir, U. & Reilly, J. (2013). Management of the renal effects of lithium. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment 19: 457-466
  • Curtis, S.E., Gesler, W., Wood, V.J., Spenser, I., Mason, J., Close, H. & Reilly, J. (2013). Compassionate containment? Balancing technical safety and therapy in the design of psychiatric wards. Social Science & Medicine 97: 201-209
  • Van Zyl, M., Wieczorek, G. & Reilly, J. G. (2013). Awareness of Venous Thromboembolism in Mental Health Services for Older People. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 21(4): 375-378