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Alison Booth
Senior Research Fellow



Alison joined the York Trials Unit (YTU) in October 2015 and is currently working on trials investigating a method for implementing change at scale in the NHS (QIST), a feasibility study for thoracolumbar surgery trial (PRESTO), and a trial of an out of court intervention for youth offenders (GATEWAY). Alison is also an advisor with the Research Design Service Yorkshire and Humber (RDS YH), with a special interest in impact.

Alison has a background in radiography, clinical governance and research ethics; and moved into research following a secondment to the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD) at the University of York. She has experience in systematic and scoping reviews, quantitative and qualitative research as well as knowledge translation and impact.

Previous experience includes: working with the team at Martin House Research Centre, on a number of reviews, including a scoping review of research prioritisation exercises for children and young people with life limiting conditions; managing the YTU elements of the Connect project, the co-production of policing evidence, research and training, focus mental health, which included a series of systematic reviews and a randomised controlled trial; and at CRD, leading on the development of PROSPERO, the international prospective register of systematic reviews.

  • DCR(R), MSc

Departmental roles

  • Health Sciences Research Governance Committee, Dec 2010 - Dec 2015
  • Representative on the Contract Researchers’ Forum - Dec 2018 - ongoing



Alison’s broad research interests include review methods, biases in systematic reviews, improving the quality of reporting of research, efficient and effective trial design and the targeted dissemination of evidence as part of a pathway to impact.


Research group(s)


Alison is able to supervise Masters projects. Specific areas of interest include systematic reviews of health interventions and methodological research related to the conduct and reporting of research, particularly systematic reviews.


Full publications list

External activities


  • Chairman, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Research and Governance Group, York (member from August 2010, chairman from January 2012)
  • Chairman, York National Research Ethics Committee, York Hospitals NHS Trust, York (member from July 2002, chairman from Jan 2009 - March 2012)

Editorial duties

  • Systematic Review Methodology Editor on the British Journal of Radiology Editorial Board

Invited talks and conferences

  • Protocol registration on PROSPERO, seminar on systematic review and meta-analysis of animal studies, Aarhus, Denmark 17-18 November 2015 
  • PROSPERO International prospective register of systematic reviews: an expanding resource, 3rd International Symposium on Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Laboratory Animal Studies, Washington DC, 13-14 November 2014 
  • Registries of experiments and of systematic review, 2nd International Symposium on Systematic Reviews in Laboratory Animal Science, Edinburgh, 7-8 March 2013
  • PROSPERO: putting the optimum in to get the optimum out, The Department for Evidence Based Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology at the Danube University Krems, Austria, December 2012, Webinar
  • Hitting the Headlines, Cochrane Colloquium (Special session), Melbourne, Australia, November 2005 
  • Hitting the Headlines, Health research in the news workshop, Newcastle, Australia, November 2005

Alison Booth

Contact details

Alison Booth
Senior Research Fellow

Tel: 01904 32(1107)