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Understanding children with neurodevelopmental problems using a developmental, RDoC-informed approach

   Cardiff School of Psychology

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  Prof S vanGoozen, Prof K Shelton, Dr K Langley, Dr C Jones, Dr C Waters  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

Applications are invited for a highly motivated, enthusiastic psychologist with an interest in developmental psychopathology to join the well-supported Neurodevelopment Assessment Unit and its team ( at Cardiff University. T

he NDAU studies 4-7 years-old children who are referred by their schools for emerging emotional, cognitive and behavioural problems, using an RDoC informed neurodevelopmental assessment approach. The PhD student will develop their own research interests in consultation with their supervisors and by making use of the ongoing data collection in the NDAU. They will be responsible for (a) undertaking emotional, cognitive and physiological assessments of children and their parents in our dedicated laboratory based in the Centre for Human Developmental Science (training provided), (b) data analysis and writing papers, and (c) liaising with educational psychologists and school-teachers.


Applicants must have excellent organisational, communication and research skills and an ability to successfully work as part of a team, that includes psychologists, psychiatrists and clinical and educational psychologists.

To be competitive, you will have a first class/good upper second degree, or a distinction/merit at masters’ level, in a relevant subject, with a good knowledge of developmental psychopathology. You will need to prove your ability to carry out research in children with emotional, cognitive and behavioural problems. You will be able to learn fast, understand complex problems and apply practical solutions. 

The studentship will commence in October 2022 and will cover your tuition fees (at UK level) as well as a maintenance grant. In 2021-22 the maintenance grant for full-time students was £15,609 per annum. As well as tuition fees and a maintenance grant, all School of Psychology students receive access to courses offered by the University’s Doctoral Academy and become members of the University Doctoral Academy.

As only one studentship is available and a very high standard of applications is typically received, the successful applicant is likely to have a very good first degree (a First or Upper Second class BSc Honours or equivalent) and/or be distinguished by having relevant research experience.

In addition to training in the skills needed to conduct high quality research, the School of Psychology provides all doctoral research students with opportunities for training and experience in teaching. We believe that teaching experience provides an important component of the training offered to postgraduate students and it is also encouraged by Research Councils and other sponsors as part of students’ professional training.

Postgraduate students who teach are also remunerated for the time they spend teaching.

Applicants should apply to the Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology with a start date of October 2022

How to apply:

You can apply online - consideration is automatic on applying for a PhD in Psychology, with an October 2022 start date (programme code RFPDPSYA).

Please use our online application service at

In the research proposal section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisors of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided.

In the funding section, please select 'I will be applying for a scholarship/grant' and specify that you are applying for advertised funding from Understanding children with neurodevelopmental problems using a developmental, RDoC-informed approach

Deadline for applications is the 15 May 2022

Funding Notes

Full awards are open to UK Nationals, and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements. To be eligible for the full award, EU Nationals must have been in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the course for which they are seeking funding, including for the purposes of full-time education.
International candidates are welcomed but they would need cover the difference in Home and Overseas fees.


Cardiff University Centre for Human Development Science (CUCHDS) - The Cardiff University Centre for Human Development Science (CUCHDS) provides opportunities for research and training in the study of human development from conception to adulthood.
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