Kitty Parker

Kitty Parker

PenARC PhD Student


Health Statistics


I am currently undertaking a PhD assessing the methodological challenges faced by researchers conducting Cluster Randomised Trials in a school-based setting. The PhD will focus on aspects of design, conduct and data analysis. Trials in which clusters rather than individual people are randomised have unique methodological considerations, for example the need to consider the correlation between the responses of participants from the same cluster. The aim of this PhD is to review the characteristics of recent cluster randomised controlled trials, identify current methodological challenges in the area and develop and compare statistical approaches for addressing these.

PhD Project

Cluster randomised trials for evaluating school-based interventions to improve physical health, mental health and behavioural outcomes in pupils