About the Project
You will work with new and expectant parents to greater understand the knowledge, understanding and experience of breastfeeding, the role of fathers in this, and how partner support impacts breastfeeding outcomes. A long-term aim of this project is the design and implementation of a support intervention for new and expectant fathers/parents.
Health Psychology explores how psychology, biology, behaviour and social factors are involved in health and illness. It focuses on health promotion and the prevention of disease, as well understanding how people react to, cope with and recover from illness. The University of Buckingham is currently active on research projects covering a wide range of topics within Health Psychology. We collaborate on projects and activities with other universities and organisations, both in the UK and abroad. You would join the Centre for Health and Relationships (CHR) Research Hub (www.buckingham.ac.uk/research/chr); a thriving research hub focusing upon research in five core areas: Pain, Social Support, Sexual & Reproductive Health, Spinal Cord Injury, and Health in Vulnerable Populations.
Your first supervisor would be Dr Emily Mattacola (www.buckingham.ac.uk/directory/emily-mattacola/) whose research focuses on sexual, reproductive, and women’s health.
In terms of entry requirements, PhD applicants must have achieved a 2:1 or above in a BPS-accredited Psychology degree, or international equivalent (including at least a 2:1 in the dissertation). Candidates are expected to also hold or be reaching the completion of an MSc degree (or equivalent) although this may be waived in the case of an exceptional applicant. The candidate should be enthusiastic about the research area and have excellent written and oral communication skills along with experience of qualitative and quantitative methodologies.
Continuation on the PhD will be subject to suitable progress, assessed after one year.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview once the application deadline has passed.
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