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PhD: Prof Mary Cannon - Psychiatric epidemiology

The aim of this project is to investigate the meanings and mechanisms of psychotic experiences in young people

 

Project title

An epidemiological investigation of psychotic experiences in young people

Project description

Up to one fifth of young people have had the experience of hearing voices or sounds when there is no-one around or seeing visions.  We now know that some of these young people are at risk for developing mental disorders later in life. On the other hand many of these young people will remain well and, for them, the psychotic experiences are a transitory phenomenon. An association has been reported between a range of childhood adversities and an increased risk of reporting psychotic experiences. We do not yet know enough which young people will be at risk for adverse outcomes. This ground-breaking, innovative project sets out to address these issues by drawing together a range of disciplines to devise a comprehensive programme or work examining the etiology and outcomes of psychotic experiences among young people, with a particular emphasis on the role of early adversity. This programme will also examine factors affecting outcome. This iHEAR programme  will result in new information which will allow the development of innovative interventions for young people which may help pre-empt later mental illness. 

This PhD studentship will involve analysis of a large national longitudinal cohort study – the Growing Up in Ireland study to answer the questions pertinent to this iHEAR programme. Analysis of international cohort datasets will also be encouraged.

There will be excellent opportunities to gain and build on skills in epidemiology and statistical analysis, to attend and present at national and international conferences and to take part in (and build additional skills in) other aspects of research, including clinical, neurocognitive and neuroimaging assessment and research in secondary mental health services.

There will be the opportunity to participate in structured PhD teaching programmes such as the SPHERE programme or the YOUEAD programme

 

  • Research theme: Psychiatric epidemiology
  • Department: Psychiatry
  • Studentship Details: Stipend of €18,000/year (plus fees) up to a maximum of 4 years 
  • Start Date: September /October 2018

Required qualifications

 

  • Applicants should have an Honours Bachelor degree (grade 2.1 or above) and Master’s degree in a relevant health-related subject (e.g., medicine, epidemiology, neuroscience, psychology or other health science-related degrees).
  • English language requirements for candidates who do not speak English as their first language: an IELTS score of 6.5 or above 

 

Specifications

 

Essential: 
  • An Honours Bachelor degree (grade 2.1 or above) and Master’s degree in a relevant health-related subject (e.g., medicine, epidemiology, neuroscience, psychology or other health science-related degrees)
  • Experience in statistical analysis of large datasets
  • Experience in using statistical software, such as SPSS, or STATA 
  • Good communication skills
  • Strong organisational and administrative skills
  • Ability to work on one’s own initiative as well as in a multidisciplinary, team environment
  • Willingness to undertake training and career development
  • English language requirements for candidates who do not speak English as their first language: an IELTS score of 6.5 or above
Desirable:
  • Experience working with the Growing Up in Ireland dataset

 

Application process

Please apply with an up-to-date CV, scanned transcripts or detailed degree grade breakdown and a 500-word statement outlining your interest in and suitability for the position, and contact details of two referees here.

Closing date for applications is 5pm on Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Mentors Prof. Mary Cannon