About the Project
This programme of research will contribute to understandings of the antecedents and regulation of emotional eating among Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) populations, specifically populations of South Asian and African heritage developing greater cultural understandings. This identified need is based in part on emerging research indicating that these populations are disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic (see https://arc-w.nihr.ac.uk/Wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/COVID-19-Partner-report-BAME-communities-BCC001.pdf). One causal factor appears to be the higher prevalence of type 2 diabetes among this population, a non-communicable disease linked to diet (Agyemang et al., 2011; Pham et al., 2019). Thus, understanding emotional eating behaviour and developing interventions for use among these populations is of value. Indeed, these are core goals of behavioural science (Boateng et al., 2018).
There is the opportunity for a number of PhD students to be recruited to this project area. Successful applicants will be self-funded and will work with Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to access vulnerable populations of South Asian and African heritage. The research question(s) and methodologies adopted will be negotiated with the successful applicants.
Specifically, the PhD aims to:
1. Explore emotional eating among UK residents of South Asian or African heritage.
2. Develop and validate measures of emotional eating that have conceptual integrity, cultural sensitivity, applied value, and are acceptable to participants.
3. Develop, deliver, and evaluate evidence-based interventions intended to manage emotional eating and contribute to greater cultural understandings.
Supervisory informationSuccessful applicants will be co-supervised by Professor Tracey Devonport and Dr Wendy Nicholls, with an extended project advisory team including Dr Montse Ruiz (University of Jyväskylä; Finland) and Dr Chao-Hwa (Josephine) Chen-Wilson (University of Northampton, UK).
• A bachelor degree in psychology or a related area (UK equivalent of 2:1 classification or above with honours)
• A master’s degree in psychology or a related area
• An active interest in the research areas described above
• Good understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methods and designs
• Experience of analysing qualitative and quantitative data using software such as SPSS, Excel and NVivo
• A demonstrated ability to think independently
• Good IT skills, including data analysis skills
• Good communication and interpersonal skills, both written and oral.
• Experience working in a collaborative research environment
• Evidence of managing research projects
• Evidence of previous research examining the psychology of eating behaviours
• Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team
How to applyPlease prepare to submit your CV; degree certificates and transcripts; names of 2 referees (ideally uploading 2 references at time of application also); cover letter explaining your interests and research experience (including examples of previous project work).
Get in touch with T.Devonport@wlv.ac.uk to find out more about this PhD.
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