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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 pre-school and primary school children as well as literacy and numeracy progression more generally. I have designed, conducted and published a number of large-scale studies, which have included: simple and cluster randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews, quasi-experimental evaluations and cross sectional surveys. Currently I am Principal or Co-Investigator on four large-scale randomised controlled trials in Education and am undertaking a number of systematic reviews in related areas.


Leadership roles

Deputy Director: Campbell UK & Ireland

CESI Strand Lead: What Works in Schools


Current projects

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

Completed projects

  • 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
  • Miller, S. & Harrison, H. (2012-2013) A randomised controlled trial evaluation of the early years DELTA Parenting Programme, DELTA Community Parenting Programme
  • Miller, S. & Eakin, A. (2011–2013) The Rialto Learning Community out of school time (OST) project: An evaluation of process and outcomes, Atlantic Philanthropies through Rialto Youth Project
  • Miller, S., Maguire, L.K. & Macdonald, G. (2011) Home-based child development interventions for preschool children from socially disadvantaged families, Cochrane Fellowship from the Research and Development Office, Northern Ireland, UK
  • Miller, S., Connolly, P., Maguire, L.K. (2009-2010) Follow-up evaluation of the Time to Read pupil mentoring scheme, Atlantic Philanthropies through Business in the Community
  • Sibbett, C., Miller, S., Emerson, L. & Forbes, T. (2010-2012) Youth suicide clusters in Northern Ireland, ContactNI
  • Connolly, P., Maguiness, C., Miller, S. & Eakin, A. Making it Work Research Programme, Early Years
  • Miller, S., Connolly, P., Lundy, L.  Emerson, L., & Maguire, L. (2007-2008) Ready to Learn: the Needs of Primary School Children in Disadvantaged Areas, Barnardo’s Northern Ireland
  • Miller, S. & Connolly, P. (2006-2008) Evaluation of the Time to Read pupil mentoring scheme, Atlantic Philanthropies through Business in the Community




Survey Methods in Education EDD9061

Experimental methods in Education EDD9063

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Projects 2009 2017

Selected Research Output 2003 2019

14 Citations (Scopus)
primary school
academic achievement
32 Citations (Scopus)

Educational professionals’ understanding of childhood traumatic brain injury

Linden, M. A., Braiden, H-J. & Miller, S., 2013, In : Brain Injury. 27, 1, p. 92-102 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Brain Injuries
Principal Component Analysis
Traumatic Brain Injury
3 Citations (Scopus)
Randomized Controlled Trials

Activities 2009 2019

Understanding the ‘pull’ of peer-led sex education

Sarah Miller (Examiner)
19 Jun 2019

Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination

University of Cape Town

Sarah Miller (Participant)
Sep 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

Invited Talk: Using evidence to improve outcomes for children and young people

Sarah Miller (Invited speaker), Liam O'Hare (Invited speaker)
19 Sep 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Invited Talk: The Impact of the Northern Ireland Conflict on Young Children

Sarah Miller (Invited speaker)
22 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Save the Children Fund (External organisation)

Sarah Miller (Chair)
2018 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee