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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 pre-school 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

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

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Research Output

Wellbeing, academic buoyancy and educational achievement in primary school students

Miller, S., Connolly, P. & Maguire, L. K., Jun 2013, In : International Journal of Educational Research. 62, p. 239-248 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 20 Citations (Scopus)
    1686 Downloads (Pure)

    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
  • 36 Citations (Scopus)
    581 Downloads (Pure)
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    Cabinet Office What Works Trial Advisory Panel (External organisation)

    Sarah Miller (Advisor)


    Activity: Membership typesMembership of public/government advisory/policy group or panel

    McMaster University (External organisation)

    Sarah Miller (Member)

    Jul 2020 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of network

    National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (External organisation)

    Sarah Miller (Member)

    2019 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of network

    Understanding the ‘pull’ of peer-led sex education

    Sarah Miller (Examiner)

    19 Jun 2019

    Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination

    Education Endowment Foundation Global Partners Workshop

    Sarah Miller (Invited speaker)

    Oct 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Press / Media


    Key Discourses in Early Childhood Intervention: A Case Study of an Early Intervention City

    Author: Boyle, C., Dec 2016

    Supervisor: Connolly, P. (Supervisor) & Miller, S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    Understanding the disparity of educational attainment: The role of socio-demographic and school factors on GCSE attainment in Northern Ireland

    Author: Early, E., Dec 2020

    Supervisor: Miller, S. (Supervisor), Dunne, L. (Supervisor) & Thurston, A. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    Young people's attitudes towards domestic violence and the role of schools in prevention

    Author: Maguire, S., Jul 2020

    Supervisor: Miller, S. (Supervisor) & Pentaraki, M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy