Adwoa Parker
Research Fellow



Adwoa has a background in health services research. Prior to joining York Trials Unit in the Department of Health Sciences, she worked for a number of years across a range of large, multi-centre trials and observational studies in both mental health and musculoskeletal disorders.

From 2012-2016 Adwoa held an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship which explored methods to develop and evaluate interventions to improve participant recruitment into mental health trials. This led to the award of her doctorate in 2017.

Adwoa has a keen interest in public involvement in research and is the Public Involvement Lead for the York hub of the NIHR Research Design Service Yorkshire and Humber.


  • PhD Medicine (University of Manchester)
  • PGCert Primary Care Mental Health (University of York)
  • BSc (Hons) Health Sciences (University of York)

Departmental roles

  • Chair of the Studies Within A Trial (SWAT) Working Group



Adwoa has research interests in the following clinical and methodological areas:

  • Recruitment and retention of participants into trials
  • Studies Within A Trial (SWAT)
  • Patient and public involvement in research
  • Qualitative research in the context of trials
  • Mental health


Research group(s)


Full publications list

External activities


Invited talks and conferences

• Hughes-Morley, A., (2016). Connect project, systematic review research stream: an overview. Police Knowledge Fund Workshop, University of York
• Torgerson, D.J., and Hughes-Morley, A., (2016). The need to undertake embedded recruitment and retention trials. University of Oxford Hughes-Morley, A., (2016). Trials, recruitment and mental health. University of York
• Hughes-Morley, A., (2016). Publishing as a PhD Student. The University of York
• Hughes-Morley, A., (2015). Improving trial recruitment by developing an evidence base. Grünenthal GmBH, Aachen, Germany
• Hughes-Morley, A., (2015). Factors affecting recruitment into depression trials: systematic review and meta-synthesis of qualitative evidence. University of Manchester. Qualitative Synthesis Network
• Hughes-Morley, A., (2014). Recruiting to mental health trials: how can we make it evidence-based? 8th Annual Optimizing Clinical Trials Summit. Barcelona, Spain. Allan Lloyds
• Hughes-Morley, A., (2013). What are effective methods to recruit research participants into mental health trials? The University of Liverpool
• Hughes-Morley, A., (2013). What are effective methods to recruit research participants into mental health trials? The University of Manchester


Contact details

Dr Adwoa Parker
Research Fellow

Tel: 01904 321671