Jane is a Research Fellow (Trial Coordinator) in the York Trials Unit. Jane’s background is in Developmental Psychology. She gained her BSc (Hons) in Psychology from The University of Sheffield in 2013 and her MSc in Development, Disorders and Clinical Practice from The University of York in 2014. She then completed her PhD in Psychology at the University of Leeds from 2014-2018. Jane’s research investigated the relationship between sleep, physical activity, cognitive function and psychosocial well-being in children with narcolepsy. Following this, Jane conducted a longitudinal follow up study of the children with narcolepsy (who participated in her doctoral research) funded by a Wellcome Trust ISSF Early Career Fellowship. Jane then worked in the Child Oriented Mental health Intervention Centre (Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust) before joining the York Trials Unit.
Jane currently coordinates a NIHR HTA funded Randomised Controlled Trial called the Autism Spectrum Social Stories™ In Schools Trial-2.
Jane’s research interests include sleep disorders in children, interventions to promote healthy sleep in children, neurodevelopmental disorders, childhood interventions and randomised controlled trials within educational settings.
ASSSIST-2 - Autism Spectrum Social Stories™ In Schools Trial-2
Blackwell, J. E., Kingshott, R. N., Weighall, A., Elphick, H. E., & Nash, H. (2021). Paediatric narcolepsy: a review of diagnosis and management. Archives of Disease in Childhood. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/archdischild-2020-320671
Collings, P. J., Blackwell, J. E., Pal, E., Ball, H. L., & Wright, J. (2021). Associations of diarised sleep onset time, period and duration with total and central adiposity in a biethnic sample of young children: the Born in Bradford observational cohort study. BMJ open, 11(5), e044769. https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/11/5/e044769
Shanahan, P. J., Isaac, M., & Blackwell, J. E. (2020). Sleep disorders in attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism spectrum disorder: a pragmatic approach to assessment and management. BJPsych Advances, 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1192/bja.2020.65
Blackwell, J. E., Alammar, H. A., Weighall, A. R., Kellar, I., & Nash, H. M. (2017). A systematic review of cognitive function and psychosocial well-being in school-age children with narcolepsy. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 34, 82-93. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.smrv.2016.07.003 (Impact factor 11.609)
Elphick, H., Staniforth, T., Blackwell, J.E, & Kingshott, R. (2017). Narcolepsy and cataplexy–a practical approach to diagnosis and managing the impact of this chronic condition on children and their families. Paediatrics and Child Health, 27(7), 343-347. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paed.2017.02.007
Blackwell, J.E. (2016) How to Use Crowdfunding to Support Your PhD research. Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group (PsyPAG) The Quarterly, 2016, (100). pp.54-56. http://www.psypag.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/PsyPag-100-web.pdf
Blackwell, J.E., Kingshott, R.N., Weighall, A.R., Elphick, H.E. & Nash, H.M. (2018) The Paediatric Narcolepsy Project: The relationships between sleep, physical activity, cognitive function and psychosocial well-being in children with narcolepsy. Poster presented at The International Paediatric Sleep Association Conference, Paris, France.
Blackwell, J.E., Kingshott, R.N., Weighall, A.R., Elphick, H.E. & Nash, H.M. (2017) Sleep architecture in children with narcolepsy treated with sodium oxybate. Poster presented at The British Sleep Society Conference, Brighton, UK.
Blackwell, J.E., Kingshott, R.N., Weighall, A.R., Elphick, H.E. & Nash, H.M. (2017) Conducting unattended home sleep studies in children with narcolepsy and healthy matched controls: a feasibility study. Poster presented at The British Sleep Society Conference, Brighton, UK.
Blackwell, J.E., Alammar, H.A., Weighall, A.R., Kellar, I., & Nash, H.M. (2016) A systematic review of cognitive function and psychosocial well-being in school-age children with narcolepsy. Poster presented at the 23rd Congress of the European Sleep Research Society, Bologna, Italy.