Ask the Mumblers York

Parents are often asked for thoughts and opinions in questionnaires or to attend research groups.  Here you will find current opportunities to participate in research, some may be rewarded others will be completely voluntary.

If you would like to ‘Ask the Mumblers’, submit your questionnaire or research opportunity here.

Infant Observation

Are you expecting a baby soon? Would you be interested in taking part in an
Infant Observation?

My name is Joanne Coulthard, I am a family therapist doing advanced training in psychodynamic psychotherapy with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.

An important part of my training is completing an infant observation. This involves visiting a mum/dad and new born baby for an hour once a week, to observe how baby grows and develops in his/her family. (Due to Covid the observation will be online initially)

The infant observation lasts for a year, the first year of the baby’s life. The observation will be confidential and non judgemental. The sole aim is to help me to deepen my understanding of emotional and personality development at the very early stages in life; helping me to learn through having an experience of this process, rather than just by reading books and theory.

As well as helping me in my training, you may find it a rewarding experience too. Many mums’ who have taken part in infant observations in the past have seen this as an opportunity to reflect and focus on their own experience of their baby and have felt the observers presence to be a supportive one.
If you are expecting a baby in the next couple of months, and would like to find out more, I would be very happy to hear from you!

Feel free to pass this leaflet onto anyone you think might be interested
Please email: or give me a call on 07566 769 987

The Great Grape Game – University of York

We are looking for children to take part in The Great Grape Game!

This fun 15 minute online game is part of a University of York project which is developing ways to encourage healthy eating in children.

In this game, kids save grapes before they disappear from the screen by pressing a button as fast as possible. Afterwards we’ll send them a downloadable certificate for taking part!

We are looking for children aged 4-12. Though the rules of the game are simple, younger children might need some help at first.  You can play it at any time that’s convenient for you and your child and it shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes.

To tell us that you are interested, please follow the link below and fill in your details. We’ll quickly get back to you with a link to click and play. All you need is a quiet room at home and a laptop or desktop computer with working speakers, and stable wifi.

We’re happy to answer any questions!

Please email Dr Jonathan Flavell at