Associate Professor Peter Parry

ATH - Associate Professor

Children's Health Queensland Clinical Unit
Faculty of Medicine


Dr Peter Parry is a child & adolescent psychiatrist working in private practice at Northside Child & Youth Psychiatry. He is affiliated as an associate professor with the University of Queensland and as a visiting senior lecturer with Flinders University in South Australia.

He graduated from Adelaide University in 1983, worked as a medical officer in the Royal Australian Navy, then general practice and palliative care until he commenced psychiatry training in 1990. He has worked as a consultant child & adolescent psychiatrist in both community and inpatient child and adolescent psychiatry services in South Australia, Wales (UK) and Queensland. He was the inpatient service medical unit head at the Adelaide Women's & Children's Hospital 2000-2003 and medical director of CYMHS Campus Services at the Queensland Children's Hospital 2014-2016. He has since worked in community CYMHS and more recently in private practice and locum work.

His research interests are the topics of psychiatric nosology, developmental psychology, Pharma-Medicine conflict of interest issues, child, adolescent & family mental health assessment, adolescent depression syndromes, and lifestyle factors in mental health, and he has published and taught on these topics. In 2021 he completed a doctoral thesis that combined several of these interests, titled: 'Paediatric bipolar disorder': Why did it occur, iatrogenic consequences, and implications for medical ethics and psychiatric nosology.

He is on the editorial board of the Carlat Child Psychiatry Report and is an associate editor with Frontiers in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Research Interests

  • Pharma-Medicine conflict of interest issues
  • Psychiatric Nosology
  • "Paediatric bipolar disorder": a controversial hypothesis from the USA

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Book Chapter

  • Harper, Gordon, Parry, Peter, Ng, Jared and Seshadri, Shekhar (2016). Psychopharmacology for children and adolescents: a paradigm shift. Child and adolescent psychiatry: Asian perspectives. (pp. 285-301) edited by Savita Malhotra and Paramala Santosh. New Delhi, India: Springer India. doi: 10.1007/978-81-322-3619-1_16

  • Parry, Peter I. (2012). Paediatric bipolar disorder – are attachment and trauma factors considered?. Bipolar Disorder - A Portrait of a Complex Mood Disorder. (pp. 165-190) edited by Jarrett Barnhill. London, United Kingdom: InTech. doi: 10.5772/31999

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