Mrs Helen Barrett

Mrs Helen Barrett

Research Assistant

SERIO - Research Impact and Partnerships (Research & Innovation)



Researcher at SERIO, delivering a wide range of projects. I work on both quantitative and qualitative research, using a range of methods/techniques including telephone and face to face interviews, online surveys, focus groups and comprehensive literature reviews. My role involves research design, analysis and report writing.

Some most recent clients include seAp, Exeter City Council, Plymouth City Council, the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Pluss, Livewell and the Heart of the South West LEP. 

Types of research projects include: service evaluations (from large-scale initiatives to community-level services), market research on consumer website and app use, health-related research projects including a systematic review on oral health promotion for the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE), and reviews for the UK National Screening Committee.  

Knowledge of research software, with particular expertise in Snap Surveys, NVivo and SPSS.


MSc Development Management (Open University)

BA Geography (The University of Plymouth)



Key publications

Key publications are highlighted


Kay E, Vascott D, Hocking A, Nield H, Dorr C, Barrett H (2016) A review of approaches for dental practice teams for promoting oral health. Community Dentistry & Oral Epidemiology 44(4):313– 30

Dunne PD, McArt DG, Bradley CA, O'Reilly PG, Barrett HL, Cummins R, O'Grady T, Arthur K, Loughrey MB & Allen WL (2016) 'Challenging the Cancer Molecular Stratification Dogma: Intratumoral Heterogeneity Undermines Consensus Molecular Subtypes and Potential Diagnostic Value in Colorectal Cancer' Clinical Cancer Research 22, (16) 4095-4104 , DOI
Kay E, Vascott D, Hocking A, Nield H, Dorr C & Barrett H (2016) 'A review of approaches for dental practice teams for promoting oral health' Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology 44, (4) 313-330 , DOI
Gormley JA, Hegarty SM, O'Grady A, Stevenson MR, Burden RE, Barrett HL, Scott CJ, Johnston JA, Wilson RH & Kay EW (2011) 'The role of Cathepsin S as a marker of prognosis and predictor of chemotherapy benefit in adjuvant CRC: a pilot study' British Journal of Cancer 105, (10) 1487-1494 , DOI
McLornan DP, Barrett HL, Cummins R, McDermott U, McDowell C, Conlon SJ, Coyle VM, Van Schaeybroeck S, Wilson R & Kay EW (2010) 'Prognostic Significance of TRAIL Signaling Molecules in Stage II and III Colorectal Cancer' Clinical Cancer Research 16, (13) 3442-3451 , DOI
Sheehan KM, Gulmann C, Eichler GS, Weinstein JN, Barrett HL, Kay EW, Conroy RM, Liotta LA & Petricoin EF (2007) 'Signal pathway profiling of epithelial and stromal compartments of colonic carcinoma reveals epithelial-mesenchymal transition' Oncogene 27, (3) 323-331 , DOI
Conway CM, O'Shea D, O'Brien S, Lawler DK, Dodrill GD, O'Grady A, Barrett H, Gulmann C, O'Driscoll L & Gallagher WM (2006) 'The development and validation of the Virtual Tissue Matrix, a software application that facilitates the review of tissue microarrays on line' BMC Bioinformatics 7, (1) , DOI
O'Grady A, Flahavan CM, Kay EW, Barrett HL & Leader MB (2003) 'HER-2 Analysis in Tissue Microarrays of Archival Human Breast Cancer' Applied Immunohistochemistry & Molecular Morphology 11, (2) 177-182 , DOI