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Emma Standley
Research Fellow (Trial Coordinator)



Emma is a Research Fellow (Trial Coordinator) in the York Trials Unit. Emma’s background is in Psychology and Child Development. She gained her undergraduate and Master's degree from the University of York in Psychology (BSc) and Development, Disorders and Clinical Practice (MSc). Her Master's research focused on developing a scale for measuring academic resilience in primary school-aged children. Emma then worked in the Department of Psychology as a Research Assistant studying a cross-cultural comparison of joint attention and cognitive development in infants and relationships with their mothers in the UK and Uganda. She then worked at the Child Oriented Mental health Innovation Collaborative researching Social Stories for children with autism, and developing a feasibility study of a social prescribing intervention for adolescents with anxiety and depression.

Emma now works in the Trials Unit as a qualitative researcher on education-based trials.


  • BSc Psychology (University of York)

  • MSc Development, Disorders and Clinical Practice (University of York)



Emma’s interests include neurodevelopmental conditions in children, interventions to support children’s mental health and education, language development, augmentative and alternative methods of communication, and randomised controlled trials in education settings.


  • ASSSIST2 - Autism Spectrum Social Stories™ In Schools Trial-2

  • TDTS - Thinking, Doing, Talking Science

  • TEEMUP - Teaching Effective Early Mathematics and Understanding in Primary schools (TEEMUP) professional development programme

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External activities

Invited talks and conferences

  • Standley E & Attwell L (2021) Autism Spectrum Social Stories in Schools Trial 2: Reflections from adapting to COVID19. Presented at COMIC’s 18th Annual Conference for Child Mental Health Research

Contact details

Emma Standley
Research Fellow (Trial Coordinator)

Tel: 01904 32(1878)