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Exploring implementation and mechanisms of change in engagement and mental health outcomes following the Early Youth Engagement (EYE-2) intervention (3 year SeNSS Collaborative Studentship funded by ESRC)

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  • Full or part time
    Dr K Greenwood
    Prof A Field
  • Application Deadline
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description


Supervisors: Kathryn Greenwood (Professor of Clinical Psychology/CI of the EYE-2 project), Andy Field (Professor of Quantitative Methods), Dr Stuart Clark (Sussex EIP clinical lead), supported by Beth Lawton (chief digital/information officer), Professor Carl May (implementation scientist).

This studentship is part of a 3 year NIHR-funded study: the Early Youth Engagement in Psychosis (EYE-2) study which is the first national randomised controlled trial of an intervention to promote engagement in EIP services.
Psychosis affects 1-2% of the population. It can have devastating long term consequences on mental health and wellbeing. Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) services can significantly improve outcomes but 25-30% of young people drop out of these services in the first 12 months.

The study has 3 objectives:
1. To conduct a systematic review of recent approaches to engagement in EIP Services
2. To conduct a mechanistic study of mediators and moderators of engagement in participants who have received the EYE-2 intervention.
3. To conduct a detailed study of implementation of the EYE-2 intervention by NHS clinicians using a large EYE-2 data set.
This PhD would particularly suit someone with an interest in pursuing a clinical academic career. A comprehensive package of training will be provided through both University and NHS.

Guidance for applicants:
• Please submit your application online at for the ’PhD in Psychology’ programme for September 2019.
o In the ’Supervisor suggested by applicant’ section of your application form, please put ’Kathryn Greenwood’
o In the ’Finance information’ section of your application form, please put ‘SeNSS Collaborative – Greenwood’ under ‘Title of award(s) that you are applying for’.

• Frequently Asked Questions relating to applying for a PhD in Psychology at the University of Sussex can be found at

Candidates should provide:
• A research proposal that outlines your knowledge of the research area, hypotheses that could be addressed in your PhD, and an outline of potential methods. Your answer should not exceed 2 pages including references, be set at minimum 10-font type with margins a minimum of 1cm.
• Current degree transcript(s) with full details of performance on all completed courses.
• Two academic references.
• An up-to-date CV
• Applicants will also have to complete a SeNSS fuding application via the Fluidreview system administered by SeNSS. The School of Psychology will give applicants details of this process once the an application has been submitted at

For further information about SeNSS, please visit the SeNSS website

To discuss the details of this PhD project further, please contact Professor Kathryn Greenwood [Email Address Removed]

Funding Notes

A stipend of £14,777 p.a. for 3 years. UK/EU PhD fees and research and training costs are also covered.
This studentship is a 3 year SeNSS Collaborative Studentship funded by ESRC ( )

Eligibility requirements for potential candidates:
• This award will only pay fees at the Home/EU rate.
• Candidates must have, or expect to obtain, a First or a high Upper Second Class Honours undergraduate degree, or equivalent qualification, and/or a Master's degree in Psychology or a related discipline.


The School of Psychology is one of the largest centres for the study of psychology in the UK. We have nearly 50 academic faculty, about 100 research students and the same number of postgraduate students taking Master's degrees. Our undergraduate intake is about 400 a year, which gives us an academic community of over 1000 people working in a rich and supportive learning environment.

Psychology is a diverse discipline and our size means that we span major research areas in social, cognitive, biological, developmental and clinical psychology. Psychology at Sussex was rated 10th in the UK for research in the 2014 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). 91% of our research at Sussex is ranked as world-leading or internationally significant.

How good is research at University of Sussex in Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 41.40

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