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Samantha Brady
Research Fellow (Trial Manager)



Sam is a Research Fellow/Trial Manager based at York Trials Unit, currently managing BioDrive AFS, BATH-OUT-2, SCEPTRE and PERISCOPE trials.

Sam previously managed the SPACES programme of research which aims to co-produce an intervention to support people with severe mental ill health to take part in physical activity.

Prior to this, Sam coordinated a number of large national multi-centre trials, including the Covid-19 Urgent Public Health Study BASIL (Behavioural Activation in Social Isolation) which aimed to rapidly develop a feasible, acceptable, clinical and cost-effective brief psychological intervention (behavioural activation) to improve depression and loneliness in older adults with physical-mental multi-morbidity during isolation.

Sam is an experienced mixed methods health researcher, who joined the University of York in 2013. Sam spent eighteen months as a trial/study support officer in the Mental Health and Addiction Research Group before completing a PhD exploring the sexual health and behaviour of people with severe mental illness. Part way through her PhD Sam joined the York Trials Unit and Statistics research group and spent 4 years working as Research Fellow (trial coordinator).

Prior to working at the University, she has worked in a variety of clinical mental health settings including acute, forensic, child and adolescent and older adult’s services.


  • BSc (Hons) Psychology
  • MSc by Research in Psychology (distinction)
  • PhD Health Sciences 2019 (University of York)

Departmental roles

  • Member of the Peer Support for Teaching Working Group
  • Member of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee 



Sam has a keen interest in common mental health problems and physical comorbidity, severe mental illness and physical comorbidity, clinical trials, systematic reviews and qualitative methods.



  • BATH-OUT-2 – An RCT of the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of bathing adaptations in the homes of older adults on health, safety and quality of life.
  • BioDriveAFS – an RCT investigating the impact of a biomarker driven Antifungal Stewardship strategy on antifungal drug use and health related quality of life for patients with acute leukaemia
  • PERISCOPE - What are the benefits and harms of continuation versus stoppage of biologics in patients with inflammatory arthritis (IA) undergoing orthopaedic surgery?

Research group(s)



Sam is able to supervise Masters and PhD projects with a broad focus on mental health problems and physical health. Specific areas of interest include interventions (both physical and psychological) to improve the health and wellbeing of people with severe mental illness.


Full publications list

External activities

Editorial duties

Sam is a peer reviewer for the following:

  • NIHR
  • BMC Trials
  • BMC Psychiatry
  • Health Expectations
  • Frontiers in Psychiatry
  • World Journal of Psychiatry

Invited talks and conferences

  • Society of Social Medicine, York 2016
  • International Academy of Mental Health and Law, Prague 2017
  • World Mental Health Day, York 2018

Samantha Gasgoyne

Contact details

Dr Samantha Brady
Research Fellow (Trial Manager)

Tel: 01904 32(1926)