Katie Biggs, MA (Hons) University of Edinburgh, MSc University of Liverpool

Assistant Director, CTRU/Research FellowPhotograph of Katie Biggs

Clinical Trials Research Unit, ScHARR
The University of Sheffield
Regent Court, 30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

Room: 2028, Regent Court

Tel: +44 (0)114 22 26128

Email: c.e.biggs@sheffield.ac.uk

ORCiD: orcid.org/0000-0003-4468-7417


I am the Lead Trial Manager in the CTRU. I manage multi-centre trials and contribute to proposal development within the CTRU.

I am a co-applicant, and senior oversight, on the ASPECT trial, an RCT of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) vs One Session Treatment (OST) for simple phobias and the I-SOCIALISE trial, an RCT of LEGO® therapy vs usual care for children with autism in schools. These projects are funded by the National Institute Health Research (NIHR).

I joined the Clinical Trials Research Unit in March 2010 having previously worked in various mental health services as a support worker. My previous roles included psychometric testing and data collection from service users and families. My psychology based degrees provided good grounding in research methods, data collection and analysis.

In CTRU I have previously worked on 3Mg (HTA – 06/01/02), Well-being and ADHD (Shire Pharmaceuticals), MERIDIAN (HTA – 09/06/01), HubBLe (HTA – 10/57/46) and PRACTICE (HTA –13/24/03).

Teaching Interests

I am involved in delivering various aspects of Master level programs at ScHARR including:

  • Supervising and marking dissertations on the Masters in Public Health, Masters in Health Services Research and Masters in Clinical Research
  • Deputy module leader on Randomised Controlled Trials in Health and Social Care module of the MSc in Clinical Research
  • Personal tutor to Masters Level students

Current and Recent Projects

  • ASPECT (HTA – 15/38/04): Alleviating Specific Phobias Experienced by Children Trial
  • I-SOCIALISE (PHR – 15/49/32): Investigating SOcial Competence and Isolation in children with Autism taking part in LEGO-based therapy clubs In School Environments
  • MAGIC: Melatonin for Anxiety prior to General anaesthesia In Children
  • The PAINTED Study: Pandemic Influenza Triage in the Emergency Department

Professional Activities

I am the section deputy representative on the ScHARR Impact Strategy Group and I sit on the ScHARR Research Ethics Committee.


Katie Biggs is based in Design, Trials and Statistics.

Journal articles



  • Cox M, hind D, biggs C, O'Connor C, Channell J, Hughes R & Albert P (2016) The PRACTICE trial: Pulmonary Rehabilitation and ACTIvity after COPD Exacerbations. COPD10. RIS download Bibtex download