The Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology at University College London is inviting applications for a PhD studentship as part of the NIHR School for Public Health Research (SPHR) to be based within the Health Psychology Research Group.
The studentship will focus on the development and evaluation of a theory-based smartphone application to reduce excessive alcohol consumption. It will be supervised by Professor Susan Michie and Professor Robert West, Dept of Epidemiology and Public Health, UCL Funding is available for 3 years to cover PhD registration fees (UK/EU), a stipend (at the rate of £16,150 per annum), a Research Training Support Grants of £2000, and the research and
Start date: 1st October 2013
Deadline for applications: 10 July 2013
Interviews: 30 July 2013
For more information, see the studentship advert (.pdf, 89kb)
The Health Foundation PhD Awards for Improvement Science are an exciting opportunity for two capable and enthusiastic students to work across health and academic boundaries. You will be working with a strong team of academics and health professionals from the University of Leeds and the Bradford Institute for Health Research. The overall aim of these PhDs is to use improvement science methods to improve the safety of care for patients. Candidates with existing expertise in the areas of improvement science, behaviour change, working in the clinical environment, or an interest in quality and safety improvement in healthcare, are encouraged to apply. Healthcare professionals interested in completing one of these PhDs may be subsidised with additional maintenance funding. Preference will be given to those candidates who have had experience of both research methods and of working in the NHS.
For more details, see the studentship adverts.
Closing date for applications: Friday 31st May 2013
Interviews are expected to be held w/c 10th June 2013
Each year, the UKSBM recognises early career researchers for their achievements. In addition to being recognised at an annual scientific meeting, the winners receive £100 and free registration to the following year’s annual scientific meeting.
Early Career Network Events
- Early Career Network Event at the 2012 UKSBM Annual Scientific Meeting in Manchester meeting notes (.pdf, 106kb)
- Early Career Network Q & A session at 2011 7th Annual Scientific Meeting in Stirling meeting notes (.doc, 33kb)
Dr Ellinor Olander (Ellinor.Olander.email@example.com)
Bio: I graduated from University of Birmingham in 2010 with a PhD in Physical Activity and Health Promotion. My research interests’ focuses on physical activity behaviour and obesity, and in particular individuals reasons for not attending weight management services and issues related to maternal obesity. I currently work as a post-doctoral research fellow at Coventry University and in October 2012 I took over the leadership for the Physical Activity and Obesity Interventions research group.
ECN Committee Members
Bio: I am currently working as a Research Assistant on a multidisciplinary project developing and evaluating a complex intervention for young people with type 1 diabetes, based at The University of Sheffield. This project leads me to work closely with many potential UKSBM members including Physicians, Nurses, Dietitians, Psychologists and other Researchers. My background is in Psychology and I have a particular interest in how behavioural and psychosocial factors interact with medical practice, interventions and health promotion. Before my current role, I completed my BSc. in Psychology at The Open University and a Masters in Psychological Research at The University of Sheffield.
Bio: As a practising community pharmacist, my primary research interests lay in the field of exploring and enhancing medication adherence; specifically in developing theory based behaviour change interventions. I’m currently studying for my PhD at the School of Pharmacy, University of East Anglia and I’m due to complete in October 2013. Joining the UKSBM ECN as a committee member is an exciting opportunity as I’m passionately committed to supporting early career development and sharing best practices. It has also allowed me to ‘fly the flag’ for non-psychologists in the UKSBM, reflecting the truly multi-disciplinary nature of behavioural medicine.
Dr Natalie Pearson
Bio: I research a range of issues related to the factors influencing the nutrition, eating behaviours, physical activity and sedentary behaviours of children and adolescents. My research particularly focuses on the relationship between the family environment and children’s and adolescents’ eating behaviours, sedentary behaviour and physical activity. I was awarded my PhD in 2010 at Loughborough University and went on to be a post-doctoral research fellow at Deakin University, Australia for 13 months. Recently, I was awarded funding from the British Heart Foundation to conduct a range of studies examining the associations between screen time and diet in young people and families. In 2011, I won the early Career Researcher award for UKSBM.
The UKSBM Early Career Network held its annual event at the UKSBM Annual Scientific Meeting in Manchester 2012. The event was a Q+A panel session on publishing for early career researchers. Panel members included:
Notes from the meeting are now available (.pdf, 106kb). A recent blog post on the fuse open science blog also summarises some top tips on publishing from the panel.
The Centre for Health Service Research at City University London is advertising a 3-year full-time funded PhD studentship on the topic of patient perspectives on blood transfusion, to start in October 2013. Successful candidates will join a research team that focuses in particular on the application of theories of behaviour to the maintenance of health and the management of health conditions. Candidates will be expected to identify a topic within the study of blood transfusion practice and develop a research proposal in consultation with the supervisor, Prof Jill Francis.
For more information, please see the studentship advert.
Application deadline: 8 March 2013
The UKSBM is delighted to announce this year’s two winners of the UKSBM early career award: Dr Michael Daly (University of Stirling) and Dr Justin Presseau (Newcastle University). The Early Career Award provides annual recognition of the work of promising early career researchers in behavioural medicine in the UK. In addition to being recognised for their early career achievements at the 2012 Annual Scientific Meeting in Manchester, both winners received £100 and free registration to next year’s Annual Scientific Meeting in Oxford. Please see below for details about this year’s winners:
Dr Michael Daly received his PhD in 2010 from Trinity College Dublin. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Behavioural Science at the University of Stirling, having been a lecturer at the University of Manchester and a research fellow at the University of Aberdeen. He has been a 2008 Fulbright Scholar at Florida State University, and has been awarded funding from the Irish Research Council and the Marie Curie Programme. Dr. Daly has over two dozen peer-reviewed journal contributions examining topics at the intersection of behavioural medicine and behavioural economics. For more information, please see Michael Daly’s webpage.
Dr Justin Presseau received his PhD in 2011 from the University of Aberdeen. He also received his MRes from the University of Aberdeen (2007) and his BA from the University of Ottawa (Canada; 2005). Dr Presseau is currently a Lecturer in Health Psychology at Newcastle University’s Institute of Health & Society. He conducts research in health psychology focusing on the implications of multiple goal pursuit for health behaviours, and in behaviour change approaches to implementation science. Dr Presseau has over a dozen peer-reviewed publications, a track-record of funded research, and is currently funded by a grant from Diabetes UK. For more information, please see Justin Presseau’s webpage.
The next Early Career Network event will be held at the annual scientific meeting in Manchester this December. In last year’s Q&A session, the panel highlighted the need for early career researchers to publish good papers in high impact journals and we have therefore arranged a session on advice regarding how, what and where to publish. Again, we are using the format of a Question and Answer session. The panel will consist of:
- Dr Jean Adams, Senior lecturer in Public Health, Newcastle University, Associate Editor of BMC Public Health.
- Prof Paul Aveyard, Professor of Behavioural Medicine, University of Oxford, Senior Editor of Addiction, Editor of the Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Review Group.
- Prof David French, Professor of Health Psychology, University of Manchester, Associate Editor of British Journal of Health Psychology and Psychology & Health. Member of the Editorial Board of Annals of Behavioral Medicine.
- Prof Ronan O’Carroll, Professor of Psychology, University of Stirling, Associate Editor of Health Psychology and British Journal of Health Psychology. Member of the Editorial Boards of Psychology & Health, British Journal of Clinical Psychology and Journal of Behavioral Medicine.
If you have any questions for the panel, please send them to Ellinor Olander.
At the conference we will also ask for interested individuals to be part of the ECN committee. If you are interested in contributing to the ECN and help organise events for early career researchers, please get in touch with Ellinor, either at the conference or by email.
For those of you who cannot attend the conference, notes on the event will be posted on the Early Career Network website in due course.
Dr Nicola Hobbs, Research Associate at Newcastle University and UKSBM member has been awarded a prestigious early career award from the International Society of Behavioral Medicine. The award is provided to researchers who have distinguished themselves scientifically or in their clinical practice career. The award was presented at the 2012 International Congress of Behavioural Medicine in Budapest. Nicki was the only UK-based researcher to receive the early career-award. Many congrats Nicki!