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Addressing health-compromising behaviour: pathways, progression, values-based prevention and ’positive intervention’

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  • Full or part time
    Prof Petroczi
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    Applications accepted all year round
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Project Description

This studentship is an extension and an integral part of the ongoing international research programme - funded by the World Anti-Doping Agency, the International Olympic Committee and the European Council - into substance use and abuse in competitive and recreational sport. The research employs mixed methodology to investigate the underlying social cognitive factors and situational influence of health compromising behaviour, with the view of informing or devising values-based, positive, proactive preventive strategies and harm-reduction interventions that are ecologically valid in the era of pharmaceutical human enhancement.
The specific aims and programme of work for the PhD will be outlined together with the potential candidates to match their educational background, interests, skills and ability to conduct field research. The project work will involve systematic literature review, field work with interviews and surveys, as well as data collection in controlled laboratory environment and in experimental settings. The student will work in a multidisciplinary team. Other risky or health compromising behavioural choices, including but not limited to restricted eating, drastic weight management and non-adherence to prescribed treatment can also be considered. Self-funded applications are welcome.

Funding Notes

A 1st or 2:1 degree in psychology, sport, or public health. Masters degree in cognate areas and fluency in languages other than English is an advantage. Ability to work independently with good time management and problem solving skills, to conduct field research and to design and execute experimental work; and to work with mixed methodology in a multidisciplinary team. Training will be provided where necessary.
At the first instance, interested applicants should contact Professor Andrea Petroczi via email at [email protected] to discuss project details.

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