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Sarah Blower
Research Fellow



Sarah has a background in psychology and is interested in the design, implementation and evaluation of services designed to improve outcomes for children and families. Sarah previously held a post in the Institute for Effective Education and also worked as a researcher at the Dartington Social Research Unit where she was involved in a variety of research, development and dissemination projects. Sarah has experience in facilitating service design, providing support to those implementing evidence-based programmes and mixed-methods evaluation. 


  • BSc Psychology (hons) – University of Bath
  • PhD – Dept of Social Policy – University of Bath

Sarah is able to supervise PhD projects with a broad focus on child and family well-being. Specific areas of interest include stress and resilience, service or intervention design, implementation and evaluation and projects involving quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods. 

Departmental roles

  • Member of Dissertation Development Committee
  • Member of the Contract Research Forum (and training sub-committee)

University roles

  • Member and co-ordinator of the University of York Children and Young People Research Network
  • Member of International Centre for Mental Health and Social Research



Sarah's research interests are in the design and evaluation of complex interventions aiming to improve children's social, emotional and behavioural development. She is particularly interested in interventions that address child stress, parenting and family support. Sarah is also interested in implementation and process evaluation and the application of implementation science in the context of services for children and families.


  • Mixed methods of evaluation of Step Change. Funded through the DfE Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme this project is an outcome, implementation and economic evaluation of a new service for adolescents on the edge of care. Colleagues from the Department of Social Policy and Social Work as well as the Centre for Health Economics are also part of the study team.
  • Enhancing social and emotional health in the early years (E-SEE).This project is a large randomised controlled trial evaluation of the Incredible Years infant and toddler programmes.
  • NIHR CLAHRC YH. Sarah is a member of the steering group for the parenting theme of the CLAHRC (known as the IMPACT project). She is leading a systematic review of measures used to evaluate parenting programmes for 0-5 year olds. 
  • TLG Early Intervention Programme. Sarah is also leading a project funded by Nesta and the Cabinet Office via the Centre for Social Action Innovation Fund. She is supporting a Bradford-based charity to develop and implement an evaluation and monitoring framework for a school-based coaching programme.

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External activities


  • Member of UK Implementation network (UKIN)


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Sarah Blower

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Dr Sarah Blower
Research Fellow

Tel: 01904 32(8107)