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Optimising the effectiveness of Education about Psychosis in improving understanding and reducing stigmatising attitudesOptimising the effectiveness of Education about Psychosis in improving understanding and reducing stigmatising attitudes

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About the Project

Project: Mental health education aims to improve recipients’ understanding of mental health problems, reduce their own risk, and encourage them to seek care when required. As part of an increasing emphasis on mental-health education in schools and higher education, Action for Children is currently completing a nationwide RCT evaluation of ‘The Guide’, a well-established mental health education programme for secondary schools, in mid-2021.

Similarly, Public Health Wales’ Community of Practice for Early Intervention in Psychosis, has a focus on reducing the risk of long-term illness in young people developing psychotic disorders across Wales. One element of this is providing education about early psychosis to stakeholder organisations working with young people in the maximum risk age range (14-25).

Action for Children and Public Health Wales’ Community of Practice for Early Intervention in Psychosis will act as non-academic partners for this project. In the proposed project, both organisations will support the research team in developing and assessing an additional module for ‘The Guide’ which specifically addresses early psychosis, with an emphasis on improving recognition (early detection) and reducing stigmatising attitudes in secondary school age students.

Effectively improving people’s understanding of psychosis is complex, as there are radically different perspectives on the disorder (e.g. biomedical/ psychosocial), which have different social and personal implications. This aims of this project will be to:

·     Empirically explore the effects of different ways of presenting information about psychosis.

·     Draw on these results to develop a nuanced, sensitive and effective education module on psychosis

·     Evaluate the new module in practice.

Supervision: The primary supervisor will be Dr. Mike Jackson, a practicing clinician and scientist, with strong research interests in psychosis.

Requirements: ESRC studentships are highly competitive, candidates should have an excellent academic background in the social sciences, holding a 1st or strong upper 2nd class degree; applications from those also holding a relevant research training Masters degree (or an equivalent background in research training) will be considered for a +3 award.

Assessment: The closing deadline for applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 3rd February 2021. Short-listed applicants will be invited to interview, which are expected to take place in late February/early March 2021. After interview, a final short-list of applicants will be put forward to a Panel convened by the ESRC Wales DTP Management Group at which final decisions with regard to studentship awards will be made. In most cases successful applicants can expect to hear by early April 2021.

Research Environment: The School offers postgraduate researchers an excellent research environment, with a large community of PhD students and research-active faculty, regular lab meetings, seminars, and visiting speakers, and events targeted at broader professional development. There are extensive facilities for behavioural and neuroscientific studies, including a brand-new research-dedicated 3T MRI centre, associated TMS suite and EEG laboratory.

Bangor’s School of Psychology was established in 1963 and now has a large student cohort and a cosmopolitan feel due to the presence of staff and students from over 20 countries. It has consistently performed exceptionally well in the UK’s annual National Student Survey (6th in NSS 2020) and is currently ranked in the UK’s top 20 for research activity in the most recent Research Excellence Framework assessment (REF 2014).

Bangor University has achieved the highest possible Gold award in the Teaching Excellence Framework and is situated among the breathtaking landscape of North Wales. Bangor is a friendly and affordable university city, perched on the Irish Sea and with its back against Snowdonia National Park. There is easy access to beautiful mountains, lakes, rivers and beaches, while maintaining good transport links to some of the U.K.’s larger cities, including Manchester and London.

General information: PhD students are expected to contribute to teaching in the department. The school provides excellent training in teaching and many students achieve HEA qualifications whilst completing their PhDs. The initial appointment for the position will be for a period of one year, with an extension of 2 years after positive evaluation of capabilities and compatibility. The appointment must lead to the completion of a PhD thesis.

Further information: Applicants should take careful consideration of the working title and description of the project, and may wish to contact the named member of staff for a discussion prior to applying. Informal enquiries about the studentship and more guidance on preparing the proposal should be directed to Dr. Mike Jackson.

How to apply:

All application must be received through our online application system:

Funding Notes

Wales DTP studentships are available to both home and international (including EU and EEA) students. All applicants will be eligible for a full award consisting of a maintenance stipend and payment of tuition fees at the UK research organisation rate. Applicants must satisfy studentship eligibility requirements. For further details see the UKRI web site. Successful international student applicants will receive a fully-funded Wales DTP studentship and will not be charged the fees difference between the UK and international rate.
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