Professor Jane Barlow

Professor Jane Barlow
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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.

  1. Barlow J, Herath NINS, Bartram SC, Bennett C (In press 2017). 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. Lushey C, Barlow J, Ward H, Rayns G (In press 2017). Development and feasibility study of a pre-birth assessment model for use where there are concerns that an unborn child is likely to suffer significant harm.  Child Abuse Review.
  3. Hatzis DM, Dawe S, Harnett P, Barlow J (In press 2017). Quality of caregiving in substance misusing mothers: A meta-analysis. Substance Abuse, Research and Treatment.
  4. Barlow J, Beak S, Bick D, Bryson C, Day L, Gilby N, Glover V, Knibbs S, Leyland A, Lindsay G, Mathers S, McKenna K, Petrou S, Purdon S, Sylva K, Summerbell C, Tudor F, Wheeler A, Woolgar V (In press 2017).  A Better Start: protocol for the national evaluation of an area-based intervention programme on early life outcomes.  BMJ Open.
  5. Barlow J, Coren E (In press 2017).  Effectiveness of parenting programmes: An overview of Campbell Reviews.  Research on Social Work Practice. 
  6. Datta J, MacDonald G, Barlow J, Barnes J, Elbourne D (In press 2017).  The perspectives of stakeholders with regard to the needs of young pregnant women who have been ‘Looked after’ during their childhood, and the appropriateness of group Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) in meeting these needs. Children and Society.
  7. Barlow J, Bergman H, Kornør H, Wei Y, Bennett C (2016). Group-based parent training programmes for improving emotional and behavioural adjustment in young children. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 8. Art. No.: CD003680. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003680.pub3.
  8. 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.
  9. Barlow J, Sembi S, Underdown A. (2016). Pilot RCT of the use of VIG with Preterm Babies.' Journal of Infant and Reproductive Health, 34(5). doi.org/10.1080/02646838.2016.1217404
  10. Barlow J, Axford N, Schrader McMillan, Wrigley Z, Southalia S et al (2015).  Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Article first published online: 25 Nov 2015. DOI: 10.1111/camh.12138
  11. Barlow J, Dawe S, Coe C, Harnett P (2015). 'OxPUP: An evidence-based, pre-birth assessment pathway for vulnerable, pregnant women', British Journal Of Social Work. British Journal of Social Work. Published online: 02/2015; DOI:10.1093/bjsw/bcu150
  12. Barlow J, Bennett C, Midgley N, Larkin SK, Wei Y (2015). Parent-infant psychotherapy for improving parental and infant mental health. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD010534. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010534.pub2.
  13. Bartram SC, Barlow J, Wolke D (2015). The Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS) and Newborn Behavioral Observations system (NBO) for supporting caregivers and improving outcomes in caregivers and their infants (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 6. Art. No.: CD011754. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD011754.
  14. Luckock B, Barlow J, Brown C (2015). ‘Developing innovative models of practice at the interface between the NHS and Children’s Social Care, when children living at home are at risk of abuse and neglect: A scoping review. British Journal Of Social Work.   Article first published online: 16 MAR 2015. DOI: 10.1111/cfs.12228.
  15. Glover V, Barlow J (2015).  Psychological adversity in pregnancy: what works to improve outcomes? Journal of Children’s Services, 9(2), 96-108. ISSN: 1746-6660

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.  

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

  • Forgiveness therapy for the promotion of wellbeing: A systematic review and meta-analysis

  • 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

  • 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.

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