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Clinical Trials: Conduct and Analysis

Key Details

Date: 16th March 2020 – 20th March 2020
Time: 09:30-17:30
Venue: IoPPN Boardroom, Main Building, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neurosciences (IoPPN), King's College London. View Map.


Course Aim

The course provides a comprehensive introduction to trial design features used to mitigate bias, important aspects of trial design, conduct, analysis and reporting, and challenges and solutions for conducting RCTs with some focus on behavioural interventions.

Throughout the course the emphasis will be on practical issues faced by researchers in the conduct of RCTs in mental health, and participants will be provided with skills to design and conduct rigorous RCTs in this research area.


This course requires an application to be made see more information tab on how to apply. Some practical sessions will involve the analyses and interpretation using practice data sets. STATA syntax/SPSS instructions/R code will be provided and explained, but some familiarity especially with Stata/SPSS software is advised.

Successful participants will need to bring their own laptop computer with working installations of: 1) Stata version 14 or higher or SPSS, 2) the R program to the course.

Learning Outcomes

Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

On successful completion of this course the student should be able to:

  • Understand the key sources of bias within epidemiology study designs
  • Understand the fundamental features within clinical trial within a mental health framework
  • Participants will also critically appraise published trials.

General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to: 

  • Communicate ideas effectively and professionally by written, oral and visual means
  • Interact effectively in a group
  • Implement suitable designs for different settings in responding to a commissioned funding call;
  • Practical skill to develop a database framework, and codebook; trial protocol (as well as other essential documentation);
  • Interpretation and dissemination of clinical trial findings using Stata or SPSS.

Cost and Booking

  • External Early bird: £855 (till 16/01/20, price thereafter £950)
  • KCL Staff Early bird: £641.25 (till 16/01/20, price thereafter £712.5)
  • KCL Student Early bird: £427.5 (till 16/01/20, price thereafter £475)
  • Other student Early bird: £641.25 (till 16/01/20, price thereafter £712.5)
  • King's Health Partners Early bird: £641.25 (till 16/01/20, price thereafter £712.5)

That is, 50% discount to King's College London PhD students, 25% discount to other students and staff at King's College London and King's Health Partners.

Booking / Application

Booking for this course is open.

To apply please email with the following details:

Subject: Application for Clinical Trials: Design - Conduct and Analysis 2020


Email Address:

Contact Phone Number:

  1. Are you affiliated with KCL and/or King's Health Partners?
    1. If Yes, indicate how you are affiliated with KCL and/or King's Health Partners
    2. Indicate your education/employee status: KCL PhD, KCL student, KCL staff, King's Health Partners affiliate, External Student or External
  2. In 100 words, state why you wish to enrol/participate in this course:
  3. In 100 words, state which skills you hope to acquire:

Once your application has been approved, you will be sent a link to register and make payment.

A 10% early bird discount will be available until 16th January 2020 and booking will close on 9th March 2020

Course Team

Dr Kimberley Goldsmith (Academic Lead)

KimberleyGoldsmithKimberley is a Biostatistician and Clinical Trials specialist with an interest in complex psychological therapy treatments.

She holds an Honours degree in Biology and MSc in Microbiology and Virology from McMaster University, as well as a Master of Public Health from Oregon Health & Science University. She was awarded a NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship and graduated with a PhD in Biostatistics from King’s College London. She was subsequently appointed as a BRC Lecturer in Clinical Trials post in the Department of Biostatistics & Health Informatics, followed by an appointment to Senior Lecturer in Medical Statistics in 2015.

Research interests and PhD supervision

Kimberley has extensive experience in clinical trials in mental health and other fields, encompassing the conduct, analysis and dissemination of several single and multi-centre clinical trials.

Her particular interest is in the study of treatment mechanisms of psychological therapies/mediation analysis, including the novel application of longitudinal structural equation models to study mediation of treatment effects. To date this work has led to a greater understanding of therapeutic mechanisms and refinement of the treatments. It is also widely applicable to the study of treatments in other disease areas and public health interventions. Kimberley is also interested in structural equation, latent variable and longitudinal modelling more generally.

She sits on the BRC Executive Committees at the Institute, where she enjoys contributing to wider research strategy, and is an active MSc, PhD and DClin Psych supervisor.


Research portal

See Kim's research portal here.

Dr Ben Carter (Academic Lead)

BenCarterBen is a Senior Lecturer in Biostatistics. Ben's previous roles have been Senior Lecturer in Medical Statistics (Honorary, Cardiff University) and Associate Professor of Medical Statistics (Honorary, The University of Nottingham).

Research interests

Ben's methodological interests include:

  • Methods in meta-analysis, including: network meta-analysis; individual participant meta-analysis; and meta-analysis of non-randomised designs
  • Measurements using mHeath data.
  • The design and analysis of cluster Randomised Controlled Trials.
  • My broader research interests include:
  • The influence of eHealth on our lives.
  • The impact of screen-based devices on our sleep; better usage management.
  • Evidence-based eHealth.
  • Improving health for mental illness patients.
  • Public health. Including preventing decline in physical and mental health.

Research portal

See Ben's research portal here.

Professor James Wason, Newcastle University (Academic Lead)

JamesWasonI am a statistician with interests in methods for improving the design and analysis of clinical trials. As well as working in methodology development I have a great interest in collaborating on real trials to apply new methods in practice.

I have been in Newcastle since July 2017. I currently retain a part-time position in the MRC Biostatistics Unit, University of Cambridge.

I am part of the IHS Biostatistics Research Group.

Areas of expertise

  • Biostatistics
  • Clinical trials
  • Novel trial design

Research portal

See James' research portal here.


Your place will not be confirmed until payment has been made. Failure to cancel without sufficient notice will forfeit your course fee and access to future courses. If you would like to pay by internal transfer, please contact

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