PhD Scholarship in Psychology: Psychological interventions for dual diagnosis

University of Sheffield - Department of Psychology

Fully Funded PhD Scholarship in Psychology at the University of Sheffield

This is one of many projects in competition for the current funding opportunities available within the Department of Psychology

Project title: Psychological interventions for dual diagnosis

Primary supervisor:  Dr J Delgadillo
Co-supervisor(s): Prof P Meier

Project description: People with drug or alcohol addictions often have considerable mental health problems. This combination of problems (dual diagnosis) is known to complicate treatment and is associated with poor health and social outcomes. For example, dependent substance users are up to 5 times more likely to have depression or anxiety disorders by comparison to people who don’t use substances frequently. People with this combination of problems are also at greater risk of treatment dropout, hospitalization and suicide. In the UK, it has been estimated that up to 70% of addiction service users are likely to have clinically significant depression and/or anxiety problems. There is a rapidly growing evidence-base which shows that psychological interventions for dual diagnosis can help to alleviate distress and manage substance use. Several trial-based intervention manuals are available, which tailor interventions to the complex needs of this client group (see: However, evidence-based psychological interventions are rarely available to clients undergoing addictions treatment and there is still a considerable gap between evidence and routine practice.

The aims of this research programme are to support the application and evaluation of evidence-based psychological interventions in routine addictions treatment. Two strands of work may be pursued by PhD / DClinPsy students interested in this area: (1) the training of substance use workers in delivering evidence-based psychosocial interventions for dual diagnosis; (2) assessing the feasibility and acceptability of applying these interventions in routine addictions treatment.

Start date: 1 October 2017

Requirements: Applicants must have a minimum of a first class or high upper second-class undergraduate honours degree and a distinction or high merit at Masters level in psychology or a related discipline.

For further details and the application process please visit:

Closing date for applications is 5pm Wednesday, 1 February 2017

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