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PhD Studentship: Using Sport as a Vehicle to Enhance Communication Skills in Young People Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

University of Essex - School of Sport, Rehabilitation & Exercise Sciences

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Colchester
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £15,009
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 2nd September 2019
Closes: 28th October 2019
Reference: 11276

Our School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences is offering a fully-funded studentship with an annual stipend of £15,009 plus Home/EU tuition fees, for a maximum of 36 months.

The start date is January 2020.

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) can be defined as persistent difficulties with communication and social interaction, as well as restricted and repetitive interests, activities, and behaviours, which limit and impair everyday functioning.

Within the UK, ASDs are most commonly identified in those under the age of 14 with somewhere in the region of 1:69 to 1:88 children diagnosed annually. As an intrinsically motivating context for many children and young people, sport may offer an environment where psychosocial competencies, such as communication and social skills, can be developed.

The purpose of the present research, then, is to examine the use of sport as a vehicle to enhance communication and social interaction skills in children and young people diagnosed with ASDs.

Given the nature of the project, candidates with a background in coaching science and/or psychology (i.e., social psychology / developmental psychology / cognitive psychology / sport psychology) and a willingness to adopt both quantitative and qualitative methodologies are encouraged to apply.

About us

This project will be supervised by four experienced members of research staff from across three different schools: Dr John Mills (lead supervisor) from The School of Sport, Rehabilitation & Exercise Sciences, Dr Tom Foulsham (Co-supervisor) from The Department of Psychology, Dr Edward Hope (Co-supervisor) from The School of Sport, Rehabilitation & Exercise Sciences, and Dr Natasha Sore (Co-Supervisor) from the School of Health and Social Care. To have an informal discussion about the studentship, get in touch with Dr John Mills

How to apply

Application closing date: Monday 28 October 2019

You can apply for this postgraduate research opportunity online.

Applications MUST include the following documents to be uploaded:

  • Research proposal of no more than 600 words, outlining suggested research focus(es), approach(es) and/or studies that applicants would be interested to include within their PhD.
  • CV 
  • Covering letter
  • Transcripts of any undergraduate or masters programmes. 
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