Miss Laura Hermann

BSc (Hons), MSc

NIHR Pre-doctoral Fellow

Role at Hull York Medical School

I am a pre-doctoral fellow working within the Institute for Clinical and Applied Health Research. I was awarded an NIHR methodology fellowship in 2021 to develop specialist skills in mixed methods research.

Supervised by Dr Maureen Twiddy and Professor Thomas Phillips, I am embedded in a number of studies in the department, developing my knowledge of qualitative and quantitative methods and analysis. This includes, Big Data techniques, interview/focus group study development, clinical trials, and statistical analysis.

I have a focus upon trial methodology, in particular using Studies Within A Trial (SWATs) to optimise recruitment to clinical trials, an interest stemming from my previous role as a research assistant.


Laura obtained a BSc in Psychology at the University of Hull and, as part of her NIHR-funded pre-doctoral fellowship, an MSc in Health Research at the University of York.She has worked on a variety of NIHR-funded trials, predominantly in the fields of addiction and serious mental illness.

She has an interest in using mixed methods to investigate barriers and levers, and also inform interventions, to improve recruitment to clinical trials in under-served groups.


Laura's research focuses on using mixed methods to investigate issues surrounding clinical trial recruitment.

Honours and awards

King's College London

Recognition Award for Exceptional Performance from the Executive Dean of the IoPPN, Ian Everall (Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience)