Beth Barker

Dr Beth Barker


  • Position Governing Body Fellows Junior Research Fellows
  • School Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty of Education
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  • Department link Education

Beth is a Research Associate at the Centre for Research on Play in Education, Development, and Learning (PEDAL) in the Faculty of Education.

Beth Barker

Beth completed her PhD in 2021 at Imperial College London (funded by the President's PhD Scholarship). Her PhD focused on the important role caregivers play in their children’s lives, with close attention paid to children’s behavioural development between the ages of one and five. Beth currently works as a Research Associate on the Helping Little Minds Thrive project (funded by the UKRI) which focuses on working alongside families themselves and services to develop new ways to strengthen mental health in early life (aged 0-4 years).

Beth's research has centred on understanding the links between parenting and child mental health, with a focus on the ways in which we can develop effective programmes of support to be delivered to families in the first few years of children’s lives. Beth is committed to involving children themselves in all stages of research and focused on translating her research group's work to real-world impacts.

What's on

Inger Mewburn

Kicking the can down the road: How to create research impact in seven (not so easy) steps

06/06/2023 at 17.30

We hear terms like ‘research impact’ and ‘engagement’ all the time, but what does ‘impact’ and ‘engagement’ actually look like in practice?

selection of books written by Professor Inger Mewburn

Productivity workshops for researchers with Prof. Inger Mewburn aka The Thesis Whisperer

10/06/2023 at 10.00

Join Professor Inger Mewburn, also known online as the Thesis Whisperer, for one or both workshops to help increase your productivity: Getting sh!t done and Building a second brain (for writing)

'You' by Gavin Fry

Art Exhibition: 'Things Put Differently'

10/06/2023 at 10.00

Visit Wolfson's latest exhibition 'Things Put Differently' featuring Gavin Fry and works by Anthony Green and Mary Cozens-Walker.

Photo of artist Gurpran Rau holding a piece of her artwork

Art Exhibition: 'Patterns of Renewal'

10/06/2023 at 10.00

We're delighted to be the first to display Gurpran Rau's latest exhibition 'Patterns of Renewal', featuring a series of paintings created during lockdown inspired by her walks in the woods of Cambridgeshire.