Shirley-Anne Paul
Research Fellow (Trial Coordinator)



Shirley Paul joined the York Trials Unit as a Research Fellow in March 2019. She has cross-disciplinary research experience in Psychology and Education with expertise in managing randomised controlled trials, quasi-experimental studies, and other large-scale projects in Education. She also has experience of conducting systematic reviews, designing interventions, and of using a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods to evaluate interventions.

Shirley has a PhD in Psychology and has previously worked as a Research Fellow and Undergraduate Teaching Coordinator in the School of Psychology, University of Edinburgh. Prior to joining the YTU, Shirley worked as a Research Fellow in the School of Education, University of Leeds.


  • PRINCE 2 Project Management (Foundation & Practitioner)
  • PhD Psychology
  • MSc Psychological Research Methods
  • MA (Hons) Psychology



Shirley’s research interests are in the design, delivery, and evaluation of educational and clinical trials. She is particularly interested in developing interventions for improving children’s reading skills. Additionally, as a qualified Reiki practitioner, she is also interested in the development and evaluation of trials involving complementary therapies. 


  • ASSSIST-2 - Autism Spectrum Social Stories™ In Schools Trial 2.
  • Gentle Years Yoga Trial - Individually randomised controlled, two arm, pragmatic, multi-centre trial to determine the clinical and cost-effectiveness of an adapted yoga programme for older adults with multimorbidity.
  • REACH Primary

Research group(s)


Shirley has experience of supervising Undergraduate, Masters, and PhD students in the field of Education. 


Full publications list

External activities


Editorial duties

  • Ad-hoc reviewer for Journal of Research in Reading and Scientific Studies of Reading.
  • Evaluation plan reviewer for the Education Endowment Foundation.

Shirley Paul

Contact details

Dr Shirley-Anne Paul
Research Fellow (Trial Coordinator)

Tel: 01904 32(5879)