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Judith Watson
Reader and Deputy Director of York Trials Unit



Jude has more than 20 years of experience in coordinating and managing a variety of large scale randomised controlled trials in both primary and secondary care including those in the musculoskeletal, wound care and addiction fields. As well as being involved in the day-to-day realities of running trials, she has experience of many trial aspects, including recruitment, methodological issues and design.


  • D.Phil
  • BSc (Hons) 

Departmental roles

  • Deputy Director of York Trials Unit



Jude's interests are in recruitment to randomised controlled trials; trial design issues; podiatric research; addiction and mental health research.


  • BART II - An RCT to evaluate the effectiveness of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for individuals who meet the criteria for being at risk of developing bipolar disorder.
  • DIAMONDS - An RCT of the DIAMONDS Programme investigating the clinical and cost-effectiveness of the DIAMONDS intervention (diabetes self-management programme) for people with severe mental illnesses (SMI) and type 2 diabetes
  • FARSTER-Care - An RCT investigating whether, following cardiac surgery with full median sternotomy, an accelerated cardiac rehabilitation pathway will lead to improved patient outcomes and is cost effective compared to the usual timing of cardiac rehabilitation.
  • IBPI - An RCT evaluating the clinical and cost effectiveness of an online integrated bipolar parenting intervention to improve child emotional and behavioural problems.
  • IMPACT - Increasing physical activity in a medium secure service: the development and feasibility of a physical activity intervention
  • moreRESPECT - An RCT to investigate whether an intervention designed to promote sexual health for people with severe mental illness is clinically and cost effective
  • REDUCE - Reducing the impact of diabetic foot ulcers
  • SCEPTRE - Promoting Smoking Cessation and Preventing Relapse to tobacco use following a mental health inpatient stay
  • SHED SSc - Sharp debridement of digital ulcers in Systemic Sclerosis: a multi-centre randomised controlled feasibility study
  • VenUS-6 - A randomised controlled trial of compression therapies for the treatment of venous leg ulcers

Previous Projects

  • ACE to HEAR - A randomised controlled feasibility trial of the active communication education programme plus hearing-aid provision versus hearing-aid provision alone.
  • AESOPS - The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of opportunistic screening and stepped care interventions for older harzardous alcohol users in primary care.
  • ARiAS - Addiction Research in Acute Settings
  • ASSSIST-2 - Autism Spectrum Social Stories™ In Schools Trial 2.
  • CHAMP-1 - Community Pharmacy: Highlighting alcohol use in medication appointments.
  • CPIT III - The smoking cessation in pregnancy incentives trial.
  • FARSTER - Feasibilty study of early outpatient review and early cardiac rehabilitation after coronary artery bypass grafting.
  • MiQUIT 3 - RCT and meta-analysis testing effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a tailored text message programme (MiQuit) for smoking cessation in pregnancy.
  • PERSONAL-EYE-S - Feasibility of a novel, high-definition, personalised artificial eye service.
  • PROTECT- Preventing blood borne virus infection in people who inject drugs in the UK
  • REFORM - A randomised study in elders falling
  • RESPECT- Randomised evaluation sexual health promotion evidence for care and treatment: A feasibility study of an intervention to promote sexual health for people with serious mental illness (SMI).
  • STEPFORWARD - Patient acceptability of a novel prosthetic device.
  • STRATEGIC - Interventions to increase cervical screening uptake at first invitation in young women
  • Y-SBNT- Family and Social Network Intervention for Young People who Misuse Alcohol and Drugs

Research group(s)


Jude would be interested in supervising PhDs in topics involving various trial aspects, including RCTs, recruitment, methodological issues and design.


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Contact details

Dr Jude Watson
Reader and Deputy Director of York Trials Unit

Tel: 01904 32(1306)