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.
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.
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.