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Targeting key symptoms and mechanisms in adolescent depression

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

Project Description

Depression is the biggest cause of disability worldwide and is usually experienced for the first time during adolescence. Long-term implications of experiencing depression at this age are serious, and existing evidence-based treatments for depression are only moderately effective. There is growing evidence that specific symptoms of depression might be key in the development and maintenance of the disorder, and it has been suggested that targeting these symptoms might be beneficial. Cognitive biases are a well-established feature of depression, but recent research suggests that negative self-evaluation in particular is a strong predictor of depression symptoms in adolescence (Orchard et al., 2018), but is rarely a direct target of treatment. Furthermore, sleep disturbances are amongst the most common symptoms of depression in young people (Orchard et al., 2017; Goodyer et al., 2017), and there is evidence that the treatment of sleep problems can lead to a subsequent reduction in symptoms of depression (Gee et al., 2018). Recent work has started to adapt CBT for insomnia to be suitable for young people with depression (Orchard et al., 2019) but further work is needed to better understand this mechanism and its role in depression.

Funding Notes

MSc degree at Merit/Distinction in relevant discipline (e.g. Clinical Psychology, Experimental Psychology). Experience working with young people or clinical populations is desirable. Exceptionally talented undergraduate students will also be considered.

References

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