Dr. Coghill is child and adolescent psychiatrist with a particular interest in AD/HD, disruptive behaviours and psychopharmacology. He leads the Developmental Research Group within the Centre for Neuroscience. His group has a particular interest developing a better understanding of the pathophysiology of AD/HD, conduct disorder and depression using a range of approaches including neuropsychopharmacology, neuroimaging and genetics, patient reported outcomes and quality of life, pharmacogenomics, clinical trials, pharmacoepidemiology and translating research evidence into routine clinical practice. He is an editor for the Journal of Child Psychology. He is the senior author of the Oxford Specialist Handbook on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Clinically he is joint lead for the developmental disorders team within NHS Tayside CAMHS. He has developed evidence based clinical pathways for the assessment and management of ADHD that have been used as a template for other services around the world. He has developed several clinical tools including the Dundee Difficult Time of Day Scale (D-DTODS) and Dundee Blood Pressure Centile Charts.