Adwoa Parker (née Hughes-Morley) is an NIHR Advanced Fellow and Assistant Professor. She leads the Trial Forge Studies Within A Trial (SWAT) Centre, which is focused on improving the efficiency of trials using ‘Studies Within A Trial’ (SWATs), which are self-contained studies embedded within an ongoing trial that aim to establish evidence to improve the management and delivery of trials.
Adwoa’s Advanced Fellowship, ‘IMPLEMENT SWATs’, funded from 2022-2032, aims to use implementation science and SWATs to improve evidence-informed participant recruitment and retention in trials.
From 2012-2016 Adwoa held an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship that explored methods to develop and evaluate interventions to improve participant recruitment into mental health trials.
She was the co-investigator on PROMETHEUS, which was a major national programme of research funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) from 2018-2021 to facilitate the routine embedding of a recruitment or retention SWAT in ongoing randomised controlled trials.
Adwoa is currently a co-investigator on ACTIVE, which aims to investigate the clinical and cost-effectiveness of internal plate fixation versus external fine wire fixation for the management of Type C, closed pilon fractures of the distal tibia.
She has led on TRIALISt, which aimed to develop a training programme for staff to improve recruitment into RCTs.
Adwoa was previously Public Involvement Lead for the York hub of the NIHR Research Design Service Yorkshire and Humber.
Adwoa is happy to supervise MSc and PhD students and welcomes enquiries from potential students on projects in her areas of interest (for her areas of interest, please go to her Research page).
Adwoa has research interests in the following clinical and methodological areas:
Adwoa’s top five highly cited papers (with over 100 citations each) are: