About the Project
This PhD studentship aims to widen access to evidence-based mental health psychological interventions for common mental health problems among newcomers within our communities who may not be accessing traditional NHS-based services. Improving access to psychological therapies is key to improving mental health outcomes, however we know that multiple forms of stigma and discrimination act as profound barriers to newcomers’ access to health services. The PhD has three objectives:
1. To systematically examine the role that stigma and intersectionality (based on ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, educational background, unemployment, newcomer status, etc) have on engaging with and accessing mental health services in KSS (and possibly nationally);
2. Together with migrants and health providers, co-produce guidance and materials to mitigate stigma experienced by newcomers and its harmful effects on engagement with mental health and wellbeing services with the aim of optimising quality, uptake and engagement; and
3. To test the effectiveness of these materials on mental health service uptake and engagement through a pilot implementation trial.
We welcome applications from prospective students who have a background and/or interest in psychological/social services for mental wellbeing and/or mental health and will bring skills in communicating with members of the community or co-design of research or services. An interest/ knowledge of marginalised communities and the charitable sector in the south east of England would be an advantage.
This project will be supervised by Professor Carrie Llewellyn, Dr Marija Pantelic and Dr Priya Paudyal from BSMS with Dr Chrissie Jones from The University of Surrey. The project will be aligned to the ARC KSS Primary and Community Care for marginalised groups theme, and will also focus on co-production.
We are looking for students who are enthusiastic about applied health and social care research and can become part of the research communities within ARC KSS and BSMS. Applicants will have completed a psychology, health or social care related postgraduate training course at Master’s level equivalent to merit or distinction with a substantial research training component (such as an ESRC recognised training course), or be willing to undertake additional research methods training.
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