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Gareth Palliser
Research Assistant



Gareth is an NIHR Pre-doctoral Fellow and Research Assistant in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York. Gareth co-ordinates the evaluation of the Ready to Relate cards; an interactive resource to help practitioners discuss parent-infant relationships with families. He also works across other projects within the Family Wellbeing Team in the Department of Health Sciences.

Gareth’s research interests are in using epidemiological and psychometric methods to understand adolescent mental health and parent-infant relationships. He is currently undertaking an NIHR Pre-doctoral Fellowship with a focus on understanding the relationship between parent mental health difficulties and parent-rated scores of their children on the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire.

Gareth is a Health and Care Professions Council registered Paramedic with experience in Emergency Care, Occupational Health, and research within the NHS. Following this, Gareth completed an MSc in Health Research at the University of York. His dissertation used a secondary analysis of a cohort study to investigate associations between limiting longstanding illnesses and psychological distress
in UK adolescents.


  • DipHE Paramedic Practice
  • BSc Practice Development
  • MSc Health Research



  • Evaluation of an intervention to improve infant mental health: Ready to Relate
  • Early Life and Prevention (ELP) theme of the Applied Research Collaboration (YHARC). The ELP brings together policy makers, communities and charitable organisations to develop effective and sustainable interventions to improve health, catalysing systems change across the region and beyond. Specific projects include the development of a new self-report measure of parent-infant bonding and a project focusing on inequalities in the disclosure, identification, capture, referral and treatment of perinatal mental health problems
  • Evaluation of the Mental Health Navigator Scheme: one of five studies funded through the NIHR ARC National Priority Consortium in Health and Care Inequalities.
  • A scoping review exploring training and implementation models of self-reported parent-infant relationship measurement tools for parents of children aged 0-3 years
  • An assessment of the teacher completed ‘Early Years Foundation Stage Profile’ as a routine measure of child developmental health
  • The association between limiting longstanding illnesses and psychological distress in UK adolescents: A secondary analysis of the Millennium Cohort Study

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Gareth Palliser
Research Assistant