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Psychological intervention, cognitive training, functional rehabilitation and well-being in clinical populations with brain degeneration

  • Full or part time
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    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

The concept of human well-being is a fundamental aspect of our existence and is often particularly vulnerable upon diagnosis and/or progression of long-term neurological conditions for which there is no cure, such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s disease. As these conditions involve, insidious cognitive, motor and psychopathological deterioration tends to occur, and the adjustment and coping process can be additionally complex and challenging, affecting mental health and well-being.

Projects in this specific area of interface between neuropsychology, clinical psychology and health psychology could investigate: Adjustment and coping processes of patients at various points of the disease trajectory using qualitative and quantitative measures, Mindfulness and various cognitive behavioural interventions to ameliorate maladaptive adjustment and coping, Other approaches such as positive psychology, social interaction, ecopsychology etc to build resilience to promote mental well-being and flourishing in family carers as well as patients/ themselves, Experimental cognitive training and rehabilitation to improve patient functioning, Psychological, cognitive, motor or a combination of these in real-world interventions on symptoms, disease progression, health status or health-related quality of life and subjective well-being. The use of technology and development of apps to facilitate all of the above is also of interest, as is the use of brain imaging to examine the neurophysiological effect of interventions.
Potential candidates are invited to discuss their interest in relation to this topic in order to tailor projects to suit individual backgrounds, interests and skills; email . "

The use of technology and development of apps to facilitate all of the above is also of interest, as is the use of brain imaging to examine the neurophysiological effect of interventions.
Potential candidates are invited to discuss their interest in relation to this topic in order to tailor projects to suit individual backgrounds, interests and skills; email . "

Funding Notes

BSc 1st or 2.1 in Psychology or a related and relevant Discipline

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

FTE Category A staff submitted: 40.15

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