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Professor Jane Barlow

Job Title
Professor of Public Health in the Early Years
WMS - Mental Health and Wellbeing
02476 574884
Research Interests

Jane's main research interest is the role of early parenting in the aetiology of mental health problems, and in particular the evaluation of early interventions aimed at improving parenting practices and reducing the risk of child maltreatment, particularly during pregnancy and the postnatal period. She is Director of Warwick Infant and Family Wellbeing Unit, which provides training and research in innovative evidence-based methods of supporting parenting during pregnancy and the early years to a wide range of early years and primary care practitioners. In addition to research on the effectiveness of interventions to promote early parenting she has also undertaken extensive research in the field of child protection, and was an author on one of the recent Lancet international reviews of 'what works'. She recently co-authored a book about 'what works in the treatment of child emotional abuse', and a publication for Research in Practice entitled 'Safeguarding in the 21st Century: Where to now?'. She has also recently completed a DfE funded systematic review of the most effective models of decision-making in child protection, and is working with a number of local authorities to establish new care pathways to prevent child maltreatment. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, and recently became President of the UK Association of Infant Mental Health, and Chair of the Local Organising Committee for the World Association of Infant Mental Health Congress to be held in Edinburgh in 2014. She is a collaborator with the International Preventing Violence across the Lifespan (PreVAiL) research network, and contributes to a range of national expert groups. She is an editor for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, co-chair of the Campbell Collaboration Social Welfare group, and on the editorial board for the Cochrane Developmental, Psychosocial and Learning Disorders Group. She currently chairs Warwick Biomedical and Science Research Ethics Committee, and is an academic representative for Dignity at Work.


Following graduation from the University of Warwick, Jane moved to Oxford where she undertook an MSc in Sociology at Oriel College, and a DPhil at Nuffield College. Following completion of her doctorate, she was awarded an MRC NHS training Fellowship followed by a Primary Care Career Scientist Award, both of which she held at the University of Oxford. Jane was awarded honorary membership of the Faculty of Public Health in 2001, and an honorary Fellowship in 2003. She was appointed as Reader in Public Health at the University of Warwick in May 2005, and Professor in 2008. She is Director of the newly established Warwick Infant and Family Wellbeing Unit.

Title Funder Award start Award end
Evaluation of 'Fulfilling Lives: A Better Start' Big Lottery Fund 01 Oct 2013 30 Sep 2024
Parents under pressure NSPCC 01 Sep 2011 31 Mar 2018
Reducing temper outbursts in children with intellectual disabilities and autism sprectrum disorder by teaching parents and teachers to signal changes Baily Thomas Charitable Fund 01 Oct 2014 30 Sep 2016
gFNP - Group Family Nurse Partnership NIHR PHR Parenting Support Programme via Birbeck Variation No 1 National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Feb 2013 31 Jul 2016
Evaluation of the role and impact of innovative models of interfacing between the NHS and childrens social care to improve outcomes for children at risk of abuse and neglect Department of Health 01 Apr 2012 30 Jun 2016
PreBirth Assessment NSPCC 01 Aug 2012 31 Mar 2016
Families exposed to Domestic Violence; Development of a New Model of Working NSPCC 01 Nov 2014 31 Oct 2015
Randomised trial of the effectiveness of Group Family Nurse Partnership (gFNP) programme in improving outcomes for high risk mothers and preventing abuse (via Birkbeck Prof J Barnes) National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 May 2012 30 Apr 2015
What Works to Enhance the Development of Language and Communication and Social and Emotional Skills for 0-5 Year-olds through Parent and Child Interaction WARREN HOUSE GROUP AT DARTINGTON 21 Feb 2014 30 Apr 2014
An Update of Evidence for the Healthy Child Programmme WARREN HOUSE GROUP AT DARTINGTON 21 Feb 2014 30 Apr 2014
A Better Start WARREN HOUSE GROUP AT DARTINGTON 21 Feb 2014 30 Apr 2014
Evaluation of Universal Parenting classes Department for Education 01 Apr 2012 31 Mar 2014
Evaluation of Phase 2 of the My Babys Brain Project The Colebrook Centre for Evidence and Implementation 01 Dec 2012 30 Nov 2013
Evaluation of the parents under pressure care pathway. Oxfordshire County Council 01 Apr 2012 30 Sep 2013
Systematic review of the effectiveness of parent-infant psychotherapy programmes in improving outcomes for parents and infants Parent Infant Partnerships (PIP) UK 01 Nov 2012 30 Aug 2013
Evaluation of two Addaction projects: Childrens Centre Project and skills4change Programme Addaction 04 Jul 2011 29 Mar 2013
Warwickshire Infant Mental Health Pathway South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust (SWFT) 01 Sep 2012 28 Feb 2013
Grace Fund: A community intervention to support parents and infants who were born pre-term. Grace Research Fund 01 Oct 2010 30 Sep 2012
Cochrane systematic review of the effectiveness of infant massage programmes for babies less than 6 months of age The Human Tissue Authority (HTA) 01 Jun 2011 31 Jul 2012
Perinatal Support Project (PSP) Family Action 01 Jul 2011 30 Jun 2012
Evaluation of Promotional Interviews South Warwickshire General Hospitals NHS Trust 01 Aug 2011 31 Mar 2012
Mindful parenting course Peers Early Education Partnership (PEEP) 01 Aug 2011 30 Sep 2011
Systematic review of models of analysing significant harm (with Oxford) Department of Education and Science 01 Feb 2011 31 Jul 2011
Mums 4 Mums: Structured Telephone Support for Women Experiencing Postnatal Depression. Pilot & Exploratory RCT of its Clinical & Cost Effectiveness Warwickshire Primary Care Trust 01 Aug 2008 31 Jul 2011
Early Explorers: Integrating with Partner Professionals Peers Early Education Partnership (PEEP) 01 Apr 2009 31 Mar 2011
Parenting Early Intervention Programme Department for Children, Schools and Families 01 Sep 2008 31 Mar 2011
EMPOWER - Variation Department of Health 01 Jul 2010 31 Dec 2010
Antenatal education and preparation for parenthood: a review of the literatue and current service provision Department of Health 01 Mar 2009 31 Aug 2009
EMPOWER Department of Health 01 Sep 2006 31 Aug 2009
Urban Planning to Promote the mental health of Young Children and Families as part of a Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy Sandwell Health 01 Jun 2008 18 Oct 2008
Health Led parenting Project : Review of Health Led Interventions in Pregnancy and the Early Years Department for Children, Schools and Families 01 Oct 2007 31 Jan 2008
EMPOWER: Excess Treatment Costs Heart of Birmingham Teaching PCT 01 Jan 2007 31 Dec 2007
The Home Visiting Study: Follow-up at 3 years of age Nuffield Foundation 01 Sep 2004 31 Aug 2007
The Oxfordshire Home Visiting Study: Three Year Follow-up Nuffield Foundation 01 Jun 2005 30 Nov 2006
Systematic Review of the Effectiveness of interventions in reducing emotional abuse Department for Education and Skills 01 Jan 2006 31 Oct 2006
Parent Support Initiatives in Sure Start Birkbeck College 01 Sep 2005 31 Aug 2006
Qualitative Evaluation of the Mulberry Bush School Mulberry Bush Organisation 01 Apr 2005 30 Sep 2005
Qualitative Evaluation of Oxford Patient Infant Project (OXPIP) Oxford Parent Infant Project 01 Apr 2005 30 Sep 2005
Systematic review of the effectiveness of parenting programmes in reducing child maltreatment Nuffield Foundation 01 Jul 2004 31 Aug 2005
What works in mental health promotion and prevention for infants and young children Kings College London (Institute of Psychiatry) 01 Nov 2004 31 Jul 2005
Learning from the Family Support Grant Department for Education and Skills 01 Oct 2004 31 May 2005