National Institute for Health and Care Research

Our Team

We are a team of internationally renowned researchers in the Departments of Social Policy and Intervention and Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford, with a long history of working with early years practitioners and services, and of co-creating and co-producing research – particularly on new interventions.

Professor Jane Barlow

Professor Jane Barlow

Jane is a Professor of Evidence Based Intervention and Policy Evaluation in the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford. Jane’s research work at Oxford focuses on policy and practice within the first critical 1,001 days. Jane is one of the co-leads of the Supporting Early Minds Research Network. Jane is passionate about identifying methods of working with parents during the perinatal period to increase their capacity to think about and relate to their unborn/newborn baby.

Dr Alexandra Hendry

Alexandra Hendry

Alex is an NIHR and Castang Foundation Advanced Fellow in the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford. Alex’s research work at Oxford focuses on developing ways to identify and help children most likely to struggle with executive functions – the thinking and regulation skills that help us to plan, solve problems and control our impulses. She is one of the co-leads of the Supporting Early Minds Research Network and leads the START (Supporting Toddlers with a connection to autism or ADHD to develop strong Attention, Regulation and Thinking skills) early intervention programme. Alex is deeply engaged in empowering parents to support their children in ways that work for their unique family.

Dr Michael Fanner

Dr Michael Fanner

Michael is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford and is also a qualified Health Visitor. His research work at Oxford focuses on infant mental health interventions and workforce development in the 0-5 sector (e.g. health visiting). Michael is one of the co-leads of the Supporting Early Minds Research Network. Michael cares deeply about ensuring that the advice, care and support given to families with children under 5 are the best they can be. He is enthusiastic about co-producing tomorrow’s research to improve it.

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