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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 Masters degree from the University of York in Psychology (BSc) and Development, Disorders and Clinical Practice (MSc). Her Masters research focused on developing a scale for measuring academic resilience in primary school aged children. Emma 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 (NHS) researching Social Stories for children with autism spectrum conditions, 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 Trial Coordinator on child mental health trials. 


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

Departmental roles

  • Deputy Co-Chair of the Contract Researchers Forum
  • Member of the PPI Working Group 



Emma’s interests include autism and neurodiversity in children, interventions to support children’s mental health and education, language development, and family wellbeing. 


  • ASSSIST2 - Autism Spectrum Social Stories™ In Schools Trial-2
  • BAY - An RCT investigating behavioural activation for moderately to severely depressed young people in CAMHS settings
  • ComBAT - Community-Based Behavioural Activation Training for Depression in Adolescents: Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) with Economic and Process Evaluations

Previous Projects

  • TDTS - Thinking, Doing, Talking Science
  • TEEMUP - Teaching Effective Early Mathematics and Understanding in Primary schools (TEEMUP) professional development programme

Research group(s)


Able to supervise Masters projects in the following topics:

  • Child mental health
  • Adult mental health
  • Child development
  • Language and social communication
  • Autism spectrum conditions
  • Neurodiversity
  • Family wellbeing


Full publications list

External activities


  • British Psychological Society
  • The Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • National Autistic Society
  • The Snappy Trust
  • Next Door but One 

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
  • Standley E & Blackwell J (2022) Behavioural Activation in Young people (BAY): Plans for the trial. Presented at COMIC’s 19th Annual Conference for Child Mental Health Research

Emma Standley

Contact details

Emma Standley
Research Fellow (Trial Coordinator)

Tel: 01904 32(1878)