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Beth Barker


Research Associate

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  • PhD Developmental Psychology (Imperial College London)
  • MA Psychology and Education (University of Sheffield)
  • BSc Psychology with Neuroscience (University of Sussex)

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Beth is a Research Associate working on the UKRI-funded Helping Little Minds Thrive project. This programme of work focuses on building a pathway of mental health support for families and children in the first few years of life.

Beth completed her PhD in the Centre for Psychiatry at Imperial College London. Her PhD focused on integrating young children’s own perspectives into our understanding of very early behaviour problems. Beth is committed to involving children themselves in all stages of research and ensuring that research is translated to real-world impacts.

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Research Topics

  • Developmental psychology
  • Early intervention to promote positive child mental health
  • Children’s perspectives

Current Research Project(s)

  • Beth is a Research Associate on the UKRI-funded Helping Little Minds Thrive project. This programme of work will widen access to effective supports for families, to help babies and toddlers have the best start in life.

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Principal and Recent Publications

O'Farrelly, C., Barker, B., Watt, H., Babalis, D., Bakermans-Kranenburg, M., Byford, S., ... & Ramchandani, P. (2021). A video-feedback parenting intervention to prevent enduring behaviour problems in at-risk children aged 12-36 months: the Healthy Start, Happy Start RCT. Health Technology Assessment, 25(29), 1.

O’Farrelly, C., Watt, H., Babalis, D., Bakermans-Kranenburg, M. J., Barker, B., Byford, S., ... & Ramchandani, P. G. (2021). A brief home-based parenting intervention to reduce behavior problems in young children: a pragmatic randomized clinical trial. JAMA pediatrics.

Rao, Z., Barker, B., O’Farrelly, C., & Ramchandani, P. (2021). Maternal anxiety and depression and their associations with mother–child pretend play: a longitudinal observational study. BMC psychology, 9(1), 1-11.

O’Farrelly, C., Booth, A., Tatlow-Golden, M., & Barker, B. (2020). Reconstructing readiness: Young children’s priorities for their early school adjustment. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 50, 3-16.

Barker, B., Tatlow-Golden, M., Booth, A., & O'Farrelly, C. (2019). All about… settling into school a child's perspective. Nursery World, 2019(10), 25-29.

Barker, B., Iles, J. E., & Ramchandani, P. G. (2017). Fathers, fathering and child psychopathology. Current Opinion in Psychology, 15, 87-92.