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Sedentary behaviour and dietary habits of post treatment breast cancer survivors: An investigation into how habits are formed

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    Dr S Burke
    Dr Andrea Utley
    Dr Camilla Nykjaer
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  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Sedentary behaviour and poor dietary habits are risk factors for adverse health consequences in breast cancer survivors. Evidence indicates that prolonged sedentary time is associated with reduced quality of life, poor body composition and increased mortality, independent of the protective effects of physical activity. This project aims to understand factors that influence sedentary behaviour and the dietary habits of breast cancer survivors.

This research will involve participants from Breast Cancer Haven and will include an in-depth, rigorous methodology. We are therefore seeking a diligent student with experience in qualitative and quantitative approaches. This studentship is an exciting opportunity to contribute to knowledge at the intersections of exercise and health psychology research and oncology research while working towards a rewarding research goal.

Funding Notes

4 year studentship, covering fees and stipend at RCUK level (£14,553 for 2017-18).
The PhD will start in Oct 2017. Applicants should have, or be expecting to receive, a 2.1 Hons degree in a relevant subject.

As part of the studentship the successful candidate will be required to undertake a minimum of 120 hours Sports and Exercise Sciences demonstrating per annum. The studentship would therefore suit candidates with an interest in teaching.

Please apply online here, including CV and references (we don't require a research proposal): https://studentservices.leeds.ac.uk/pls/banprod/bwskalog_uol.P_DispLoginNon
The PhD is based in the Faculty of Biological Sciences.


Brunet, J., Taran, S., Burke, S. M., & Sabiston, C. M. (2013). A qualitative exploration of barriers and motivators to maintaining physical activity participation in women treated for breast cancer. Disability and Rehabilitation, 35, 2038-2045.

Brunet, J., Burke, S. M., & Sabiston, C. M. (2013). The benefits of being self-determined in promoting physical activity and affective well-being among women recently treated for breast cancer. Psycho-Oncology, 22, 2245-2252.

Burke, S. M., Brunet, J., Sabiston, C. M., Jack, S., Grocott, M., & West, M. (2013). Patients' perceptions of quality of life during active treatment for locally advanced rectal cancer: The importance of pre-operative exercise. Supportive Care in Cancer, 21, 3345-3353

Brunet, J., Sabiston, C. M., & Burke, S. M. (2013). Surviving Breast Cancer: Women's Experiences with their Changed Bodies. Body Image: An International Journal of Research, 10, 344-351

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