PhD Studentship - Understanding Cognition, Behaviour and Learning in Rare Genetic Syndromes

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: Understanding cognition, behaviour and learning in rare genetic syndromes

Primary supervisor: Dr Megan Freeth

Project description: Rare genetic syndromes are often associated with a profile of strengths and difficulties that are different to those who are neurotypical. However, knowledge of the profile associated with different conditions is often patchy leaving parents, clinicians and educators unsure what to expect following a clinical diagnosis. This project will be developed in collaboration with our partners at the Child Growth Foundation who support families of those with conditions such as Sotos syndrome, Weaver syndrome, Tatton-Brown Rahman syndrome, Russell-Silver syndrome. the aim of the project will be to improve knowledge in strategic areas of interest and potentially to develop educational interventions to support learning.

References: Lane, C., Milne, E., & Freeth, M. (2016). Cognition and behaviour in Sotos Syndrome: A systematic review. Plos One, 11(2), e0149189. Lane, C., Milne, E., & Freeth, M. (2017). Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Sotos Syndrome. Journal of autism and developmental disorders, 47(1), 135-143

Start date: 1 October 2018

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

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.

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Closing date for applications is 5pm Wednesday 24 January 2018

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