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Exploring older adults’ attitudes towards online psychotherapy


   Nursing, Midwifery and Early Years

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About the Project

Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland - Nursing, Midwifery and Early Years Research Group and Netwell Casala Research Centre

About the Project

This is a fully funded 24 month MASTERS by Research Project

This project will explore Irish older adults’ attitudes towards online/remotely delivered psychotherapy to inform if and how this therapeutic modality might be utilised to support this population. This is an exciting opportunity to engage in research within an increasingly relevant field of study. The successful candidate will be benefit from being supervised by researchers across research centres in DkIT (NMEY research group and NetwellCASALA) in this collaborative project.

Research shows that older adults, like other populations, experience a range of psychological difficulties including mood and anxiety disorders, and social isolation. Most psychotherapeutic support for older adults involves in-person therapy, which can be costly and difficult to access. Online interventions may offer a solution to accessibility challenges, but there is little research into the attitudes of older adults towards online delivery of psychotherapeutic services.  

Candidate Requirements:

Candidates should hold a minimum 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent) in Psychology, Social Science

Excellent interpersonal and organisational skills (with a proven ability to work within deadlines)

Experience in academic research at undergraduate level 

Prior experience in any of the below areas would be considered advantageous

- Ageing research

- Attitudes research

-Proficiency in Statistical Software Analysis

-Proficiency in Qualitative Analysis

-Experience with large datasets

-Evidence of research activity (e.g. conferences presentations, publications)

It is also a requirement that any applicant whose first language is other than English must have a certified English language proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

How to Apply

Applicants forward a copy of your CV and a one-page cover letter outlining (i) your suitability for this position and (ii) your motivation for applying, to [Email Address Removed]. Please use the Position Reference 15AHSS2021 in the email subject.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 4 pm Wednesday 25th May 2022 (GMT) on .

DkIT reserves the right to change this deadline


Funding Notes

This full-time 24 month MASTERS studentship comprises an annual stipend of €18,500 per year for 2 years, postgraduate fees and a contribution towards direct research costs.
This scholarship is co-funded by the Higher Education Authority's Technological University Transformation Fund and DkIT.
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