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Email: lauren.burke-2@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk

From 2018-2019 I worked as a research assistant for Bradford NHS (Born in Bradford project), to support work on a feasibility randomised controlled trial of a language intervention for 2-year-olds (Outcomes of Talking Together: Evaluation and Results (oTTer)).

Following this from June 2019-May 2021 I worked as a Trial Support Officer at York Trials Unit (YTU), assisting multiple studies including including education intervention trials (RCTs; ABRA, Lexia and Maths Champions II) and outcome measure development (EEF SciTest). As well as mental health intervention trials; Managing Multiple Health Conditions in Older Adults (MODS) and BASIL (Behavioural Activation in Social IsoLation, BASIL, COVID-19 Urgent Public Health programme of work).

From May 2021 to September 2022 I worked as a Research fellow (Trial Coordinator) at YTU on BASIL, MODS and Community-based Behavioural Activation Training (ComBAT).

I am currently a PhD Researcher at the University of Manchester, working as part of the Passport to Success trial. As part of my PhD I will look at loneliness, and the development of interventions in children and adolscents. I am also interested in exploring mental health and wellbeing in this population relating to loneliness. 

Qualifications

Education/Academic qualification

Master in Science, Cognitive Neuroscience, University of York

Dissertation project titled - Is the Media influencing how satisfied we are with ourselves? A virtual reality fMRI study into the neural correlates involved in body perception and body satisfaction.

Award Date: 19 Jan 2019

BSc (Honours) Psychology, Sheffield Hallam University 

Dissertation project titled - Schizotypy‌ ‌and‌ ‌its‌ ‌effect‌ ‌on‌ ‌executive‌ ‌functioning‌ ‌performance,‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌presence‌ ‌of‌ ‌a‌ ‌Cold‌ ‌Pressor‌ ‌Test‌.

Award Date: 20 June 2017

Research interests

My interests are in loneliness, young people’s mental health and wellbeing, with a focus on school-based interventions. As well as trial methodology. 

Other research

I’m part of the Education and Psychology research group at Manchester Institute of Education 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

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