PhD studentship: Using mixed-methods intervention designs to determine how using unit-marked glasses affects ability to adhere to government alcohol intake guidelines

University of Sussex - School of Psychology

PhD studentship available for September 2017

Supervisor:  Dr Richard de Visser (School of Psychology, University of Sussex and Sussex Addiction Research and Interventions Centre)

The supervisor's recent research has investigated ways of improving people's capacity to manage their alcohol intake. These studies have addressed knowledge of unit intake guidelines, motivation to adhere to them, and skills required to monitor unit intake. The successful applicant will work on a programme of research co-funded by Drinkaware which will examine the impact of Drinkaware's unit-marked cups. This is a continuation of recent research conducted in collaboration with Brighton & Hove City Council which provided evidence of benefits of using unit-marked glasses. Intervention studies may be conducted in various samples, including students in schools and universities and non-student adults.

Studies will used mixed-method designs using quantitative surveys to measure intervention effects, and qualitative interviews to assess responses to interventions and suggestions for improvements. The theoretical framework is the Information-Motivation-Behavioural Skills model (IMB: Fisher et al., 1994) that has been applied in our recent studies of alcohol interventions (de Visser, 2015; de Visser et al., in press).

Applications should be made by Tuesday 10th January 2017. The award of the studentship will be based on a competitive process. If awarded, it would be a full-time studentship (funded for a duration of three years) covering tuition fee, and a maintenance allowance. The maintenance allowance is currently £14,296 per annum.

Eligibility requirements for potential candidates:

  • This award will only pay fees at the Home/EU rate ( Candidates may not be eligible for the full award if they do not meet UK residency requirements. For full details of eligibility, please check the ESRC guidelines.
  • Candidates must have, or expect to obtain, a First or a high Upper Second Class Honours undergraduate degree, or equivalent qualification, and/or a Master's degree in Psychology or a related discipline.

Guidance for applicants:

  • Application procedures can be found here.
  • Please submit an online application for the ‘PhD in Psychology’ programme, for September 2017 entry through this link.
  • State in the ‘Funding information’ section of your online application that you are applying for this studentship, giving the title of the project as above and mention the supervisor, Dr Richard de Visser, in the ‘Supervisor suggested by applicant’ section.
  • The proposed source of funding should be specified as 'ESRC or School of Psychology’.

Candidates should provide:

  • A research statement that briefly outlines your current state of knowledge, hypotheses that could be addressed, and an outline of potential methods. Your answer should not exceed 2 pages including references, be set at minimum 10-font type with margins a minimum of 1cm.
  • An up-to-date CV.
  • A current degree transcript(s) with full details of performance on all completed courses.
  • Two academic references.

For queries with respect to the application process please send an email for the attention of 'Postgraduate Coordinator' to:         

To discuss the details of this PhD project further, please contact Dr Richard de Visser:

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