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PhD Studentship in Assessing the Relative Efficacy of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Components for Treating Depressive and Anxiety Disorders in Adults


Faculty of Life Sciences and Education

About the Project

Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) is one of the most extensively investigated therapeutic approaches for psychological conditions such as depression and anxiety disorders. Although its effectiveness has been empirically supported, there is still a debate regarding the specific components and mechanisms that underpin its efficacy. The current programme of research will contribute to the resolution of this debate by systematically testing the relative efficacy of different CBT components. Specifically, the aims of this project are twofold:

1. To assess the components of CBT that support the greatest behavioural change in those with depression and anxiety problems and the specific mechanisms supporting this change.

2. To delineate the contingencies responsible for the development of each condition and examine whether targeting the primary complaint is advantageous for reducing symptoms of the secondary condition.
The proposed study focuses on an important public health issue that has relevance for both professional practice and policy and builds upon an established programme of research.

Name of supervisor:

Dr. Ioannis Angelakis
University of South Wales
Faculty of Life Sciences & Education
School of Psychology
Ferndale 304
Pontypridd
CF37 1DL
Telephone: 01443 483415
Email:

Eligibility Criteria:


This award is available only to UK/EU applicants. You should have at least a 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, with a strong Psychology/CBT background. A masters-level qualification in Psychology would be advantageous.

How to apply:


You must apply through the University’s online application system. https://gradschool.southwales.ac.uk/thinking-applying/information-applicants/

Please select MPhil/PhD (Psychology) as your course choice: please note a research proposal is not required.

Funding Notes

100% of UK/EU tuition fees and annual tax-free stipend of £12,000.

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