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PhD projects

I am open to PhD applications in the fields of: - Child development - Social emotional learning - Using experimental methodology, systematic review and meta-analysis to generate and better understand evidence of what works


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Personal profile

Research Statement

My research revolves around three inter-related themes: Social emotional development, academic attainment and programme evaluation. Within this I have a particular interest in the development of prosocial behaviour in early childhood and primary school children, as well as literacy and numeracy progression more generally. I have designed, conducted and published over 25 large-scale studies, which have included: simple and cluster randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews, quasi-experimental evaluations and cross sectional surveys.


Leadership roles

Senior Management Team: Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation

Director: Campbell UK & Ireland


Current projects

Miller, S., Keenan, C., Hanratty, J. (2019-2020). Three systematic reviews on improving outcomes for people experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessnees, Centre for Homelessness Impact

Connolly, P., Dunne, L., Kee, F., McGovern, M., Miller., S., Taylor, L., Winter, K., Woodcock, K. (2017-2020). Early childhood development for peacebuilding, National Institute for Health research (NIHR)

Connolly, P., & Miller, S. (2015-2016). The effectiveness of school based social emotional learning programmes: a systematic review, HSC R&D Office


Recently completed projects

Miller, S., Dunne, L. (2017-2019). A cluster randomised controlled trial evaluation of the Peep Learning Together Programme, Education Endowment Foundation

Dunne, L., Miller, S. (2017-2019). A cluster randomised controlled trial evaluation of the NELI (early language) programme, Education Endowment Foundation

Sloan, S., Gildea., A., Miler, S., & Thurston, A. (2016-2018). A Randomised controlled trial evaluation of ‘Zippy’s Friends’, Education Endowmnent Foundation

Connolly, P., Kee, F., Miller, S., Gildea, A., Sloan, S. McIntosh, E., Rafferty, H. (2011-2015). A cluster randomised controlled trial evaluation and cost-effectiveness analysis of the Roots of Empathy schools-based programme for improving social and emotional wellbeing outcomes among 8-9 year olds in Northern Ireland, NIHR

Miller, S., Sloan, S., Gildea, A. & Thurston, A. (2014-2015) A randomised controlled trial of Engaging parents through text messaging, Education Endowment Foundation

Miller, S., Dunne, L., Millen, S. & McGeady, C. (2008-2014) A randomized controlled trial of the Lifestart Parenting Programme, Atlantic Philanthropies through the Lifestart Foundation

Miller, S., Gildea, A., Sloan, S. & Thurston, A. (2013-2014) A feasibility study of the Physically Active Lessons programme, Education Endowment Foundation

Biggart, A., O’Hare, L., Miller, S. & Sloan, S. (2013-2014). An evaluation of the Success for All UK reading programme, Education Endowment Foundation




Survey Methods in Education EDD9061

Experimental methods in Education EDD9063

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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