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Childhood trauma, stress and suicide risk: Advancing understanding of mechanisms of action

PGR-P-1935

Key facts

Type of research degree
PhD
Application deadline
Tuesday 23 April 2024
Country eligibility
UK only
Funding
Funded
Supervisors
Professor Daryl O'Connor
Additional supervisors
Professor Andrew Prestwich
Schools
School of Psychology
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

This fully funded PhD place provides an exciting opportunity to pursue postgraduate research into the pathways that link childhood trauma, stress and suicide risk.<br /> <br /> The School of Psychology invites applications from prospective postgraduate researchers who wish to commence study for a PhD in the academic year 2024/25 for the Thomas Ward Scholarship.<br /> <br /> The award is open to full-time or part-time candidates (UK only) who meet the eligibility for a place on a PhD degree at the School of Psychology. We especially welcome applications that from candidates with interests in health psychology, psychobiology and mental health.<br /> <br /> The pathways between childhood trauma and suicide risk are unclear. Dysregulation of stress response processes, impairments in executive function, poor affect regulation, increased impulsivity, and ruminative processes have been implicated as key putative variables of interest. This PhD research aims to advance understanding of the mechanisms of action linking childhood trauma and stress reactivity to current and future suicide risk.

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Full description</h2>

<h3><strong>Conditions:</strong></h3> <ul> <li>Applicants must not have already been awarded or be currently studying for a doctoral degree.</li> <li>Awards must be taken up by no later than 1st October 2024.</li> <li>Applicants must live within a reasonable distance of the University of Leeds whilst in receipt of this scholarship.</li> </ul>

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p>To apply for this scholarship opportunity applicants should complete an&nbsp;<a href="https://www.findaphd.com/common/clickCount.aspx?theid=170027&amp;type=184&amp;DID=757&amp;url=https%3a%2f%2fbiologicalsciences.leeds.ac.uk%2fresearch-degrees%2fdoc%2fhow-to-apply" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">online application form</a>&nbsp;and attach the following documentation to support their application.&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>a full academic CV</li> <li>degree certificate and transcripts of marks</li> <li>Evidence that you meet the University&#39;s minimum English language requirements (if applicable)</li> </ul> <p>To help us identify that you are applying for this scholarship project please ensure you provide the following information on your application form;</p> <ul> <li>Select PhD in Psychology&nbsp;as your programme of study</li> <li>Give the full project title and name the supervisors listed in this advert</li> <li>For source of funding please state you are applying for a Thomas Ward Scholarship</li> </ul> <p>If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University&#39;s minimum English language requirements (below).</p> <p><em>As an international research-intensive university, we welcome students from all walks of life and from across the world. We foster an inclusive environment where all can flourish and prosper, and we are proud of our strong commitment to student education. Across all Faculties we are dedicated to diversifying our community and we welcome the unique contributions that individuals can bring, and particularly encourage applications from, but not limited to Black, Asian, people who belong to a minority ethnic community, people who identify as LGBT+ and people with disabilities. Applicants will always be selected based on merit and ability.</em></p>

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">Entry requirements</h2>

Applicants to this scholarship in the School of Psychology should normally have an Undergraduate degree of 2:1 or above (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject area. A Master&rsquo;s degree is desirable, but not essential.

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">English language requirements</h2>

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence that their English language is sufficient to meet the specific demands of their study. The Faculty of Medicine and Health minimum requirements for this PhD are: &bull; British Council IELTS - score of 6.5 overall, with no element less than 6.0. The test must be dated within 2 years of the start of the course in order to be valid.

<h2 class="heading">Funding on offer</h2>

<p>The Thomas Ward Scholarship will attract an annual tax-free stipend matching the UKRI rate (&pound;18,622 for 2023/24) each year for up to 3 years subject to satisfactory progress. Academic fees will also be paid at the UK fee rate. Due to limited funding we can only consider applicants for this position who are eligible for UK fee status. Part time study is also available, and the stipend and study duration will be amended accordingly.</p>

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

<p>For further information about the application process please contact the Admissions team</p> <p>e:&nbsp;<a data-email-addr="362b73e637859029b72fb7319aa7bd55ffa6b1008d3b8af963f71c16a640deed" data-email-name="fmhpgradmissions@leeds.ac.uk" data-stattype="2" href="javascript:void(0)">fmhpgradmissions@leeds.ac.uk</a></p>