Meet the Healthy Children, Healthy Families team 

John Wright - Theme Lead Healthy Children Healthy Families.
He is a clinician and applied health services researcher with particular expertise in implementation research. He has led robust research trials developing and evaluating the implementation of evidence based practice for heart disease, asthma, back pain and stroke prevention. He has led quality improvement programmes across Yorkshire and internationally that have demonstrated significant improvements in quality and safety of patient care, including a programme that demonstrated a significant reduction in hospital mortality. Director of the Bradford Institute of Health Research and the Born in Bradford programme. 
Email: Phone: 01274 383430

Sally Barber - Healthy Children Healthy Families Theme Manager and project lead for the Healthy Lifestyles project. Theme Manager for the CLAHRC themes projects. She is also a principal research fellow for the Born in Bradford longitudinal birth cohort study. Sally’s expertise is in developing and evaluating complex interventions to increase physical activity, reduce sedentary behaviour and prevent obesity.  Sally is PI for an NIHR funded pilot trial of a pre-school physical activity intervention “pre-schoolers in the playground (PiP)”. C Healthy Children Healthy Families Theme and oversees the operational aspects of each of 
Sally has three PhD students who are working on CLAHRC related projects. Daniel Bingham is examining correlates of physical activity in pre-school children, Katy Shire investigating motor skill interventions in primary school children and Liana Nagy is exploring children’s sedentary behaviour in different socio-economic and ethnic groups. 

Email: Phone01274 364474  

Kate Pickett -Theme Lead Health Inequalities and IMPACT parenting project.

Kate is Professor of Epidemiology at the University of York. She was a UK NIHR Career Scientist from 2007-2012 undertaking a programme of research on Difference, Deprivation and Early Development: Healthy Societies for Healthy Families. A social epidemiologist, Kate's research focuses on the social determinants of maternal and child health, including the roles of ethnicity, social class, income inequality, and neighbourhood context. Kate is a Fellow of the RSA and a Fellow of the UK Faculty of Public Health.

Identifying and supporting children with difficulties project

Mark Mon-Williams | |  0113 343 5719

Project Lead for Identifying and supporting children with difficulties project.

Professor of Cognitive Psychology at the University of Leeds. He is a psychologist and studies the control of human action. His recent research has explored hand movements (kinematics) in children with and without neurodevelopmental problems. He is currently exploring how robotic systems can help children improve upper limb control. He was awarded his PhD in 1994 and became a Research Fellow within the University of Edinburgh. One year later, he moved to the University of Reading as a Research Fellow before moving to the University of Queensland as Senior Research Fellow. Three years later (1999) he took up his first faculty position at the University of St Andrews. In 2002 he moved to the University of Aberdeen where his laboratories received funding from a large number of bodies including The Wellcome Trust, Medical Research Council, Scottish Executive and NIHR. He moved his laboratories in January 2009 to the University of Leeds where he took up a Chair in Cognitive Psychology and was Head of School from 2011-2014.

Dr Liz Andrews - Project Lead.Email: Phone: 01274 383412

Liz has a background in both health and cognitive psychology and her research interests are broadly around the areas of applied health research (including applying health behaviour theories to understand and change behaviour). Senior Research Fellow with the Born in Bradford programme in the Bradford Institute for Health Research, where she managed the Starting Schools project with Dr Sally Barber (Lead). Previous roles include Research Fellow in Leeds Institute of Health Sciences. Liz has also held post-doctoral research posts at the Universities of Sheffield and Leeds, and holds an honorary Research Fellow post at the latter.

Sara Magallón Email:

A Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Perception Action Cognition Lab in the School of Psychology of the University of Leeds. Her background is in Educational Psychology (2007). In her PhD (2011) Sara looked at procedural memory in typically developing children and in children with developmental coordination disorder, ADHD and reading disorders. Her current research interests include the identification of children with developmental disorders, in order to improve their academic achievement and quality of life by enabling daily living activities.  She is working within the Born in Bradford project and CLARHC to exploit technological advances and develop novel assessment and therapeutic tools to identify and treat children with motor impairments.

 Alison Bruce  -

Dental Health Project 

Peter Day Project lead for Dental Health.Email:
An Associate Professor and Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry at the University of Leeds and Bradford District Care Trust. His research interests are clinically based and he participates in a number of multi-disciplinary research groups within the School of Dentistry, University of Leeds and wider a field. He is a director of the International Association of Dental Traumatology and the chair of the research committee. He leads an international project to develop a core outcome set for traumatic dental injuries. He is a trustee of the new UK based charity – Dental Trauma UK. 
Within Bradford, he is chief investigator or local site lead for recruitment to three portfolio adopted studies – Lifecourse determinants of dental caries in three-year-old children: a pilot study (Oral and Dental Research Trust), Children’s teeth – qualitative interviews with parents of young children (CLAHRC) and Molecular genetic investigations of Amelogenesis Imperfecta (Wellcome Trust). He is currently supervising a number of Masters, Professional Doctorates and PhD students.

Zoe Marshman

Senior lecturer and honorary consultant in dental public health. Her main interest is child-centred dental research to improve the oral health and treatment experiences of children and their families by influencing policy and clinical practice. She co-ordinates the University of Sheffield’s Children and Young People Oral Health Research Group, a multidisciplinary team conducting research with children using a range of research methods. She has published widely on this topic and is involved in several National Institute for Health Research-funded projects including the HTA funded multi-centre FiCTION trial (Filing Children's Teeth: Indicated or Not) and an Research for Patient Benefit funded project to develop a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy self-help resource for young people with dental anxiety. She is currently supervising three PhD students, including an NIHR-funded doctoral fellow who is developing a caries-specific measure of oral health-related quality of life for children. 

Kara Gray-Burrows

A Research assistant in the School of Dentistry, University of Leeds, with links to the Bradford Institute of Health Research. Kara graduated from her BSc in Psychology in 2010 and her MSc in Psychological Approaches to Health in 2011. Recently, Kara has completed her PhD in the relationships between executive control, conscientiousness and health behaviour.
Kara’s research interests are in health behaviour. She is particularly interested in the determinants of health behaviour and health behaviour change.
Currently, Kara is involved in a dental health project working to develop a preventive intervention for parents and children to reduce the level of dental caries in young children.

IMPACT parenting project 

Dr Tracey Bywater Email:

Project lead for the IMPACT parenting project.Reader in the IEE, University of York, focusing on the theme of enhancing parental input in supporting children’s success. Her area of interest and expertise lies in the design and implementation of randomised controlled trials of complex interventions, namely parent, child, and school programmes, to assess behavioural and health outcomes for children and their carers/families. She is also interested in process, and cost, evaluations of intervention delivery.

Tracey is the IEE's Director of Postgraduate Studies, and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the School of Psychology, Bangor University, where she previously worked.

Sarah Blower - IMPACT parenting project.
Research Associate in the Institute for Effective Education. Sarah's research interests are in the design and evaluation of complex interventions aiming to improve children's social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, particularly in the areas of child stress, parenting and family support. Other interests include the relationship between implementation factors and outcomes in the context of evidence-based services for children and families. At the IEE, Sarah is involved in several experimental programme evaluations and also contributes to the CLAHRC project that aims to establish the conditions under which parent programmes work best. Sarah is also working with a Bradford-based charity, funded by Nesta's Centre for Social Action Innovation Fund, helping them to develop and implement a framework for monitoring patterns of implementation and evaluating the impact of their programme on child outcomes. Prior to joining IEE, Sarah worked at the Social Research Unit in Dartington as a researcher for nine years where she was involved in a variety of research, development and dissemination projects.

Zoe Hindson -  IMPACT parenting project.

Zoe joined the IEE in September 2014, and her work is solely dedicated to the CLAHRC project. Before joining the IEE, Zoe gained a BA in Education Studies, focusing specifically on early childhood (0-8 years). Following this Zoe worked for four years at the East Riding of Yorkshire’s Families Information Service providing advice and support to families on all aspects of family life to improve outcomes for children, leading on work in relation to childcare.

Zoe has a keen interest in working towards ‘making a difference’ and ‘improving life chances’ for children and families.

Kathleen Kiernan  IMPACT parenting project.

A Professor of Social Policy and Demography.  Her areas of expertise are Family Environments and Child Well-Being in the Early Years, Family Change in Developed Countries, Cohabitation and Unmarried Parenthood, Parental Separation and Children’s Well-being, Life course analysis and Analysis of Longitudinal data.  Much of her research uses longitudinal data from the British Birth Cohort Studies including the 1946, 1958, 1970 and the Millennium Cohort Study and more recently comparative data from a range of European countries and the USA.  


Healthy Lifestyles Project

Jane West Email:   Phone: 01274 383430

 MRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, currently working on differences in growth and adiposity between White British and Pakistani origin children in the Born in Bradford cohort.  She is joint Public Health Specialty Lead for the NIHR CRN Yorkshire & Humber and is a member of the Health Education Yorkshire & the Humber Public Health Training Advisory Group.  Jane holds an honorary contract with Bradford District Metropolitan Council and is an honorary Research Fellow in Social and Community Medicine at the University of Bristol. She is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and a registered practitioner with the UKPHR.

Asthma Project 

Emily Petherick -  Project Lead Asthma project.Email: Emily.Peterick

Senior Epidemiologist on the Born in Bradford project. Emily is interested in how routine sources of data can be used alongside cohort data to facilitate development of epidemiological evidence. Within the BiB project she is working on an NIHR programme grant for obesity prevention in children, BiB 1000, an EU funded programme on asthma known as MeDALL, an MRC grant examining maternal depression as well as data linkage to primary and secondary care data.

Rogar Parslow Childhood asthma in the Born in Bradford cohort (supervision of PhD student).

A Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology at Leeds University.  His research interests are focussed on the epidemiology of chronic disease and critical care in children.

He has a specific interest in childhood onset diabetes, childhood cancer, traumatic brain injury, congenital anomalies, risk-adjustment methodologies and the use of linked routine data to improve knowledge of health outcomes in the population.

He also has an interest in environmental exposures and health inequalities.  Roger sits on the Born in Bradford executive and Scientific Advisory groups.

Email:   Phone: 0113 3434856

Rosie McEachan  - Air Quality and Health Strategy Project, Identifying and supporting children with difficulties project, Healthy Lifestyles project and Dental Health project

A health psychologist by background, specialising in behaviour change, the development of interventions to improve health, and applied research. Rosie joined the Bradford Institute for Health Research in 2009 as a Senior Research Fellow, and took up her role as Programme Manager for Born in Bradford in June 2012. Rosie is also a visiting senior research fellow at the University of Leeds (Institute for Psychological Sciences) member of the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine.


Health Inequalities 

Stephanie Prady

Amanda WatermanIdentifying and supporting children with difficulties project. 
A developmental psychologist in the School of Psychology at the University of Leeds, and leads the Grand Research Challenge of ‘Successful Childhood Development’. Amanda’s research interests include children’s memory, metamemory, and learning, and the interplay between cognitive and motor development. She is particularly interested in linking her research to applied contexts, such as children’s educational attainment and its impact on health outcomes. Specific projects include: understanding the development of visual-motor memory and its relationship with writing and reading skills; investigating children’s ability to follow instructions and its impact on learning in the classroom; and interventions designed to assist children with neurodevelopmental disorders such as developmental coordination disorder.


Liam Hill - Identifying and supporting children with difficulties project. Email:

A cognitive and developmental psychologist whose expertise encompasses Psychology (BSc, 2006), Health Service and Public Health Research (MSc, 2008) and Child Health (PhD, 2012). His research investigates motor development and how it interacts with cognitive development, academic attainment and child mental health. His work’s ultimate aim is to improve the support we provide to children, both with and without developmental difficulties, as they learn fundamentally important movement skills. In particular he is interested in how we can use technological innovations to better support interventions delivered in school and classroom environments. He collaborates on a number of projects involving the Born in Bradford Longitudinal Birth Cohort study ( and his work has received support from a variety of funders including: the Medical Research Council (MRC), The Waterloo Foundation (TWF) and the Biomedical Health Research Centre in Leeds (BHRC). 

Nick Preston Email:   Phone: 0113 392 2647

A Research Fellow at the University of Leeds. He has a background as a chartered physiotherapist with experience that includes supporting children with movement difficulties e.g. children with cerebral palsy. Nick’s research has explored the use of assistive gaming technology to improve upper limb function in children with cerebral palsy, and he also has developed expertise in modern psychometric techniques to develop new measures that accurately reflect changes in activity limitation.

Nick is interested in developing interventions designed to improve the quality of life of children with neurodevelopmental and movement difficulties

Barry Wright 

He would like to see more research on the mental health needs of deaf children and young people. He has conducted and published a large number of studies including research into ways of helping children with autism spectrum disorders, life limiting illnesses, sick children and a range of other conditions. He has also championed research and services for children with learning disabilities.

Dr. Karen Vinall-Collier 
Karen is a chartered Psychologist and gained her BSc and MSc in Psychology and Psychological Research Methods from Lancaster University in 2006 and MSc (Teesside University) and PhD (University of Leeds, School of Medicine) in Health Psychology in 2013. She is Lecturer in Dental Public Health and has a joint position with the Academic Unit of Health Economics within the Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Leeds. She joined the University of Leeds as a Research Officer in 2008 in Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine whereby she undertook her PhD part-time alongside this role of a multi-centre study of interpersonal processes of care undertaken in Rheumatology clinics throughout the UK. Upon successful completion of this project she joined the team in the Academic Unit of Health Economics working on systematic reviews including cost-effectiveness.

Current research: NIHR HS&DR. INCENTIVE - Improving the Organisation and Delivery of          Dental Health Care to Patients | NIHR HTA. AKI Diagnostics - The future for diagnostic tests of acute kidney injury in critical care: Evidence synthesis, care pathway analysis and research prioritisation | NIHR Programme Grant. IMPACCT - Improving the Management of Pain from Advanced Cancer in the Community

Dr. Elnaz Aliakbari Email:

She graduated with doctorate in dental surgery in 2004 and completed her MClin Dent in Paediatric dentistry with distinction in 2010. Her master’s research project was to investigate quality of life of children with ectodermal dysplasia for which she won BSPD’s Max Horsnell award.Elnaz is NIHR academic clinical fellow and specialty registrar in paediatric dentistry at University of Leeds.

Elnaz’z research interests are studying quality of life of the children. She is currently carrying out a systematic review as part of CLAHRC project. Her review is to examine the home-based toothbrushing practices to reduce dental caries in young children (under the age of eight years old), interventions used to improve these practices as well as to identify the facilitators and barriers to home-based toothbrushing by parents of young children. Elnaz also is involved in the development of the parental supervised toothbrushing to reduce dental caries.


Professor Bette Chambers - IMPACT parenting project.

Director of the Institute for Effective Education. Her current work focuses on evaluating replicable programmes that use co-operative learning and technology-embedded instruction, particularly in early childhood education and early literacy. She actively promotes the use of evidence-based programmes and practices in education. Professor Chambers received her BA in Early Childhood Education from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada in 1982, and her PhD in Educational Psychology in 1990 from McGill University. From 1987 to 1998, she taught and researched early childhood education at Concordia and from 1998 to 2007 she worked at the Success for All Foundation and the Centre for Research and Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. She has authored and co-authored numerous articles, books, and practical guides for teachers, including Let’s Cooperate: Interactive Activities for Young Children and Classroom Connections: Understanding and Using Cooperative Learning.

Professor Chambers has been the recipient of the Bothwell-Smith award for outstanding contribution to the field of early childhood education, and the Palmer O. Johnson award for the best article in an AERA journal in 2007.

Louise Tracey - IMPACT parenting project. Email:

Research Fellow in the Institute for Effective Education. Her research interests include, research methods, professional development, early years education, and literacy.
Prior to joining the University of York she worked as a researcher in the Centre for Education and Employment Research at the University of Liverpool, and in the Teacher and Leadership Research Centre in the School of Education at the University of Nottingham. She has also taught history and research methods in both the FE and HE sectors. Her PhD focused on maternal and child welfare.
Whilst at York, Louise has conducted evaluations of co-operative learning and maths achievement, and a longitudinal evaluation of the Success for All literacy programme. She is currently evaluating the Plymouth Parent Partnership: SPOKES literacy programme and is involved in the Born in Bradford ‘Starting Schools’ project.

Neil Small BSc (Econ), MSW,PhD IMPACT parenting project.Email:

A Professor at Bradford since 1999. He previously held posts in the University of Sheffield and the University of York. He is a social scientist who has had an on-going interest in health policy and health inequalities. For some years his research focused on chronic and life-threatening illnesses with a particular focus on palliative care. More recent concerns have emphasized health inequalities in relation to babies and young children with a special emphasis on the impact of ethnicity. This interest is reflected in his position as Academic Lead for the birth cohort study Born in Bradford

Health Economics theme

Karen Bloor |   01904 321369

A Professor of Health Economics and Policy, and has worked at the University of York for over 20 years. 

Her research interests focus particularly on the application of economics to health policy, and she has carried out research projects on a range of subjects relating to the financing and delivery of health care, including analysis of medical labour markets, medical practice variations, pharmaceutical markets and various aspects of health care reform. 

She is also involved in research around the area of child health, including deriving the health domain of a local index of child well-being, and working with the Maternal and Child Health theme of the NIHR CLAHRC for Leeds, York and Bradford from 2008 to 2013. In the CLAHRC for Yorkshire and Humber, she is part of the Health Economics and Outcome Measurement theme, working particularly with the Healthy Families, Healthy Children projects

Vision Project 

Dr Alison Bruce 
Project lead for the vision project 

National Institute of Health post-doctoral Researcher and Head Orthoptist based in Bradford Institute of Health Research. Her research focus is on using data linkage to determine the impact of children’s vision, in particular amblyopia (lazy eye), on early developing literacy skills. She has considerable experience in clinical practice and has a particular interest in the fields of children’s vision, low vision (blindness/partial sight) and developing programmes of applied health research in these areas. Alison holds two Honorary Research Fellow positions at the Dept. of Health Science, University of York and at the School of Vision Science and Optometry, University of Bradford. 

Air Quality and Health Strategy Project

Sara Ahern | 
Health Improvement Research Fellow at Bradford Metropolitan District Council.

Rosie McEachan |

Sarah Possingham 

Sally Jones