PhD Studentship - Healthy Adaptation in Individuals with Adverse Childhood Experiences

University of Sheffield

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: Healthy adaptation in individuals with adverse childhood experiences

Primary supervisor: Dr Agata Debowska

Project description: Exposure to interpersonal violence and other adverse experiences in childhood (such as parent’s death, household dysfunction, family members with substance use disorders) has been associated with harmful internalising and externalising outcomes, including personality disorders, suicidal and self-harming behaviour, aggression, and violent offending. Although research to date has largely focused on negative consequences of victimisation, not all individuals with such experiences develop symptoms of psychopathology. Therefore, the purpose of this project is to build a better understanding of factors which result in increased resilience and/or positive consequences among people with a history of victimisation/trauma in childhood.

Start date: 1 October 2018

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.

Funding: Tuition fees £4,194 per year Living Expenses £14,500.00

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Closing date for applications is 5pm Wednesday 24 January 2018

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