Dr Sarah Barry

Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow

Mathematics and Statistics

Personal statement

I am a Chancellor's Fellow in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. I have over 15 years of experience as a biostatistician working on clinical trials, complex interventions, observational studies and linkage of routinely collected datasets, using complex statistical methods.  I have been involved in studies from conception to completion, with a key role in design, analysis and interpretation.

My work covers a wide range of disciplines in health and wellbeing.  I am particularly interested in the relationship between physical and mental health and interventions that take a holistic approach to both.  I have a specific interest in perinatal and early years research.

From a statistical point of view I am interested in methods to analyse longitudinal and spatial data.  I am particularly interested in using routinely collected data to answer important public health questions.

I am passionate about interpretation and communication of statistics, particularly to people with no background in statistics.  As a statistician I believe I have a responsibility to ensure that my work is easily intelligible and that it has an impact in the real world.

Expertise

Has expertise in:

    I have a strong record in design, conduct and analysis of clinical trials, epidemiological studies, complex interventions and record linkage studies.  I have developed and employed a broad range of complex statistical methodology for medical applications.  I have worked in a wide range of medical areas, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, epilepsy, schizophrenia, depression and numerous others.  I have worked with complex, large datasets and have particular experience using nationally collected datasets, such as hospital admissions and prescriptions data.

    I am the statistical expert member of an NHS Ethics Committee, which gives me great insight into the patients' views on clinical studies.  This informs my approach to study design and ensures that the studies I am involved in are fully patient-oriented.

    I was one of the academic statistical experts on the Scottish Government Technical Advisory Group on Resource Allocation (TAGRA) Morbidity and Life Circumstances subgroup, assessing the formula used to allocated funding to NHS boards in Scotland in the most recent update.  This work had, and continues to have, enormous impact on how healthcare is distributed in Scotland, ensuring that those who need it most have the easiest access.

    I am an Editorial Board Member of Nature Scientific Reports and am statistical reviewer for a number of journals.

    I am passionate about communication of statistics and keen to promote understanding of statistics in any area of application.

Publications

Does prehabilitation modify muscle mass in patients with rectal cancer undergoing neoadjuvant therapy? A subanalysis from the REx randomised controlled trial
Moug S J, Barry S JE, Maguire S, Johns N, Dolan D, Steele R J C, Buchan C, Mackay G, Anderson A S, Mutrie N
Techniques in Coloproctology Vol 24, pp. 959-964 (2020)
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10151-020-02262-1
STI prevention and sexual health in secondary schools : an exploratory study of a peer-led intervention (STASH)
Mitchell Kirstin, Purcell Carrie, Forsyth Ross, Barry Sarah, Hunter Rachael, McDaid Lisa, Elliot Lawrie, McCann Mark, Simpson Sharon, Wetherall Kirsty, Broccatelli Chiara, Bailey Julia V, Moore Laurence
Public Health Research (2020)
Invasive versus medical management in patients with prior coronary artery bypass surgery with a non-ST segment elevation acute coronary syndrome : a pilot randomized controlled trial
Lee Matthew MY, Petrie Mark C, Rocchiccioli Paul, Simpson Joanne, Jackson Colette E, Corcoran David S, Mangion Kenneth, Brown Ammani, Cialdella Pio, Sidik Novalia P, McEntegart Margaret B, Shaukat Aadil, Rae Alan P, Hood Stuart HM, Peat Eileen E, Findlay Iain N, Murphy Clare L, Cormack Alistair J, Bukov Nikolay B, Balachandran Kanarath P, Oldroyd Keith G, Ford Ian, Wu Olivia, McConnachie Alex, Barry Sarah JE, Berry Colin
Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions Vol 12 (2019)
https://doi.org/10.1161/CIRCINTERVENTIONS.119.007830
Prehabilitation is feasible in patients with rectal cancer undergoing neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy and may minimize physical deterioration : results from The REx trial
Moug S J, Mutrie N, Barry S J E, Mackay G, Steele R J C, Boachie C, Buchan C, Anderson A S
Colorectal Disease Vol 21, pp. 548-562 (2019)
https://doi.org/10.1111/codi.14560
Peer-led intervention to prevent and reduce STI transmission and improve sexual health in secondary schools (STASH) : protocol for a feasibility study
Forsyth Ross, Purcell Carrie, Barry Sarah, Simpson Sharon, Hunter Rachael, McDaid Lisa, Elliot Lawrie, Bailey Julia, Wetherall Kirsty, McCann Mark, Broccatelli Chiara, Moore Laurence, Mitchell Kirstin
Pilot and Feasibility Studies Vol 4 (2018)
https://doi.org/10.1186/s40814-018-0354-9
Long-term weight loss following a randomised controlled trial of a weight management programme for men delivered through professional football clubs : the Football Fans in Training follow-up study
Gray Cindy M, Wyke Sally, Zhang Rachel, Anderson Annie S, Barry Sarah, Brennan Graham, Briggs Andrew, Boyer Nicki, Bunn Christopher, Donnachie Craig, Grieve Eleanor, Kohli-Lynch Ciaran, Lloyd Suzanne, McConnachie Alex, McCowan Colin, MacLean Alice, Mutrie Nanette, Hunt Kate
Public Health Research Vol 6 (2018)
https://doi.org/10.3310/phr06090

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Research interests

My interests lie in using data to answer key public health questions, particularly using spatial and longitudinal data and routinely collected datasets.  I am especially interested in the challenge of addressing physical and mental health problems holistically and in trials of complex interventions. 

I am keen to work in any area of health that has statistical challenges, but have particular interests in perinatal and early years research, physical activity interventions and the interface between physical and mental health.

Professional activities

Geographical variation in the strengths and difficulties of children in Glasgow
Speaker
13/11/2019
HDR UK Scotland Research Day
Participant
29/10/2019
School maths workshop
Presenter
3/10/2019
Public seminar: Statistics in Health and the Media
Speaker
19/8/2019
Public seminar: Statistics in health and the media
Speaker
17/6/2019
Seminar: Geographical variation in the strengths and difficulties of children in Glasgow
Speaker
15/3/2019

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Projects

STRAthclyde Diversity in Data LinkagE (STRADDLE) Doctoral Training Centre
Barry, Sarah (Co-investigator) Kavanagh, Kimberley (Co-investigator) Megiddo, Itamar (Co-investigator) Murray, Paul (Co-investigator) Rattray, Nicholas (Co-investigator)
The focus of the STRAthclyde Diversity in Data LinkagE (STRADDLE) DTC is to develop a centre of excellence in the linkage and analysis of data across disciplines. With an initial focus on health and healthcare delivery, STRADDLE will deliver linkage and innovative analysis of data from the molecular to population level, to achieve new insights and to maximize the value of health research data. There are 3 fully funded, 3.5 year PhD studentships are available to highly motivated UK and EU students. Successful applicants will be trained as the next generation of data scientists and develop skills and know how to deliver on the integration of diverse clinical data types – from molecules to man to populations.
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2023
Spatiotemporal variability in social, emotional and behavioural development of children
Barry, Sarah (Principal Investigator)
The objectives of this studentship are (i) to develop statistical methods to analyse linked individual and spatial data and (ii) to provide a comprehensive analysis of the development of social inequalities over time and geographical area using data from the Child Mental Health in Education (ChiMe) study, on 90,000 children aged 4 to 10 years followed up for between 2 and 6 years.
01-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2022
Amendment Agreement - An exploratory study to test STASH, a peer-led intervention to prevent and reduce STI transmission and improve sexual health in secondary schools (69143)
Barry, Sarah (Principal Investigator)
17-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2018

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