PhD (via MPhil) Studentship in Psychology: The Structure of Executive Functions in Adults with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

University of Central Lancashire

Applications are invited for a full time PhD (via MPhil) studentship in the School of Psychology. The studentship is tenable for up to 3 years full-time [subject to satisfactory progress] and will cover the cost of tuition fees at UK/EU rates and a partial maintenance grant of £3000 per annum. International applicants may apply but will be required to pay the difference in tuition fees. It is expected the successful applicant will start on 1st January 2017.

Project Title The Structure of Executive Functions in Adults with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Project Description

Over 3.3 million people are registered as having diabetes in the UK, with 90% having Type 2 diabetes (T2DM). There are consistent findings of reduced cognitive abilities in people with T2DM and cognitive processes associated with executive functions (EFs) appear to be particularly sensitive to diabetes. However, the majority of the research investigating cognition in T2DM is conducted with people over 60 years with little consideration of theoretical models of cognition and factors known to influence cognition. Consequently very little is known about cognitive changes in adults under 60 with T2DM. The proposed PhD research will address these shortcomings. The Miyake et al. (2000) model of EFs will be operationalised in combination with measures of health and diabetes status, mood and social support in a large sample of adults with T2DM (n=200) to investigate whether cognitive changes are evident under 60 years and if the structure of EFs differ with a chronic condition which has significant influences on health and cognition. Specific processes unique to each EF will be examined in a sub-sample of participants using electrophysiology to investigate the relationships between specific cognitive processes and underlying brain activity (Richardson et al., in prep). This programme of research will contribute to interventions aimed at adults under 60.

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Cassandra Richardson  

Candidates should have (or expect to hold) a UK BSc or Master’s degree at 2:1 or above in a related discipline (or equivalent).

International applicants require an English Language level of UKVI IELTs 6.5 (no sub-score below 6.0) or equivalent qualification.

Further information

For the application form and full details please go to: .

Completed application forms should be returned to the Research Student Registry via email at, quoting the studentship reference number by the closing date.

Proposed Interview Date: 23 November 2016


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