Professor Jane Barlow

Jane is Professor of Evidence-Based Intervention and Policy Evaluation in the Department of Public Health, and a Professorial Fellow of St Hilda's College.  Prior to moving to Oxford she was Professor of Public Health at Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, and Director of Warwick Infant and Family Wellbeing Unit.  In 2007 she was awarded an honorary fellowship of the Faculty of Public Health. 

She is president of the Association of Infant Mental Health, editor in chief of Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH), and a member of PreVAiL (Preventing Violence Across the Lifespan) research network.  She has contributed to a  number of NICE guidelines and co-chaired the development of the CYP IAPT curriculum 0 - 5 years. 

Her programme of research focuses on the identification of effective methods of working to improve outcomes for high risk mothers and babies during the perinatal period, and she has undertaken extensive research on the effectiveness of interventions in reducing child abuse and neglect.

Jane’s primary research interest is the role of early life factors such as parenting in the aetiology of mental health problems, and the evaluation of early interventions aimed at improving outcomes for parents and young children, particularly during pregnancy and the postnatal period.  

She also undertakes research on the effectiveness of interventions in the field of child protection, and is currently working with the NSPCC to develop a new prebirth pathway to support vulnerable pregnant women, and an intervention for families in which there is domestic abuse. She is also the lead investigator for the national evaluation of the A Better Start (ABS) programme.

  • A randomized controlled trial and economic evaluation of the Parents Under Pressure program for parents in substance abuse treatment.

  • The Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS) and Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) system for supporting caregivers and improving outcomes in caregivers and their infants.

  • Child maltreatment during infancy: atypical parent–infant relationships

  • Assessing Capacity to Change in High-Risk Pregnant Women: A Pilot Study

  • Assessing Parental Capacity when there are Concerns about an Unborn Child: Pre-Birth Assessment Guidance and Practice in England

  • Forgiveness Therapy for the Promotion of Mental Well-Being: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.

  • The Effectiveness of Parenting Programs: A Review of Campbell Reviews

  • Challenges Faced by Young Mothers with a Care History and Views of Stakeholders About the Potential for Group Family Nurse Partnership to Support Their Needs

  • Randomized controlled trial and economic evaluation of nurse-led group support for young mothers during pregnancy and the first year postpartum versus usual care.

  • The experiences, attitudes and perceptions of paediatricians in Malta relating to child protection work: implications of a mixed-methods study

  • The Child Abuse Potential Inventory: Development of an Arabic version.

  • A Better Start: Protocol for a National Evaluation of an Area-based Intervention Programme on Early Life Outcomes

  • Maternal representations in pregnancy: Importance of the mothers' relationship with their unborn babies

  • Initial protocol for a national evaluation of an area-based intervention programme (A Better Start) on early-life outcomes: a longitudinal cohort study with comparison (control) cohort samples.

  • How does video interaction guidance contribute to infant and parental mental health and well-being?

  • More

Publication list

Recent Systematic Reviews:

  1. Barlow J, Herath NINS, Bartram SC, Bennett C (2018). The Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS) and Newborn Behavioral Observations system (NBO) for supporting caregivers and improving outcomes in caregivers and their infants. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.
  2. O'Hara L, Barlow J, Livingstone N, Macdonald G (2016). Video feedback for improving parental sensitivity and attachment (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 9. Art. No.: CD012348. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD012348.

Jane would be particularly interested in supervising students interested in evaluating the role of interventions in pregnancy or the postnatal period in improving a range of aspects of parental functioning (e.g. mental health, reflective functioning etc), the interaction between the parent and unborn/newborn child, or infant wellbeing.

Previous Students

Jumana Al Abduwani (Ongoing). Assessing reliability and validity of the Child Abuse Potential Inventory in Arabic Language aong pregnant women in Oman.  Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick.

Jacqueline Stacey (Ongoing). The role of infant massage in increasing parental sensitivity and infant attachment security. Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick. 

Christine Bartram (Ongoing).  The role of the NBO in improving parent-infant interaction. Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick.

Sukhi Sembi (Submitted 2016). Mums4Mums: feasibility RCT of a telephone-based peer support intervention for women with PND.  Warwick Medical School, Univeristy of Warwick. 

Sadaf Akhtar (2015). Forgiveness and Mental Health. Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick. 

Nick Midgley (2014). Child Psychotherapy and Research: Bridging the Gap.  Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick.

Idayu Idris (2013).  Longitudinal study with nested RCT of the prevalence and stability of emotional and behavioural problems in Malyasian school children. Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick.

Angela Underdown (2011). The process of teaching and learning infant massage. Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick.   

Ahmad Abumuttaqin (2011). The social determinants of childhood health in Malaysia.  Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick.

Wendy Robertson (2009). Families for Health: Pilot study of an intervention to treat obesity in Children.  Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick.  

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