I have co-authored two introductory texts on research methods:

Understanding Clinical Papers, David Bowers, Allan House, David Owens + Bridgette Bewick (Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, 4th edition 2021).  Taking the reader through every part of a clinical paper from the title at the beginning to the acknowledgements and references at the end, and using examples from a diverse selection of published papers, this book has proved a popular and enduring introduction to the design, conduct and reporting of clinical and applied health research.

Getting Started in Health Research, David Bowers, Allan House and David Owens (Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, 2011).  Many people want to undertake health research – as part of studies for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, to answer a question raised during their work, as a first step on an academic career.  This book introduces the principles of designing and conducting a first project.

I have written two books for people who live with health problems and want practical advice that isn’t otherwise readily available.

Ten Helpful Hints for Carers: Practical solutions for people living with people with dementia. June Andrews + Allan House.

Useful tips for managing the problems that people find the most challenging when they are living with somebody with dementia. Written with my colleague Professor June Andrews, an international expert in dementia care.

My book Understanding and Responding to Self-harm: The One Stop Guide (Profile Books) was published in June 2019.

Written in clear accessible language, this well-received book covers the facts about self-harm and offers practical detailed advice about how to help as a friend or family member, and how to seek help if you are personally affected – talking to those close to you, visiting your family doctor, going to hospital or using mental health services.

Most recently I have published with Cambridge University Press a multi-author book written by international experts and edited by me and my colleague at the University of Leeds, Dr Cathy Brennan. The book reviews what can be said with some certainty and what remains unclear about the relation between social media use and mental health. It also introduces recent work aimed at co-producing helpful online resources for young people seeking support.


Seminars in Liaison Psychiatry (eds Rachel Thomasson, Elspeth Guthrie, Allan House) is now published by Cambridge University Press in its 3rd edition: a marker of the maturity of liaison psychiatry as a subspecialty in mental health care. The aim of this multi-author volume is to provide an up-to-date view of the specialty from the perspective of an international panel of contributors using their extensive clinical experience and knowledge of the relevant research.



A full list of my publications can be found on my university homepage and on Google Scholar.