Back to search results

PhD Studentship: Sleep as a Contributor to the Mortality Gap in Psychosis

University of East Anglia

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Norwich
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £18,622 Competition Funded Project (Home and International)
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 31st October 2023
Closes: 15th January 2024
Reference: REEVES_U24FMH

Background   

Sleep problems have long been known to be common amongst people with psychotic disorders, yet they have historically been ignored. Only recently has a causal contribution of sleep problems to psychiatric symptoms such as delusions, hallucinations, and depression been establishedi,ii,iii. However, there is a plausible additional role of sleep disorders in contributing to the physical health comorbidity among patients with psychosis that has not yet been explored. Cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, and a range of other conditions occur at higher rates among patients with psychosis, and in part explain the 10-20 year reduced life expectancy of patients with psychosis (‘the mortality gap’). These physical health conditions are all known to be linked with sleep problems, and therefore sleep could be a novel treatment target – with already demonstrated patient acceptability, efficacy, and feasibility– for improving physical health in patients with psychosisiv,v. 

Research methodology 

This PhD would focus on exploring, specifying, and substantiating the relationship between sleep and physical health conditions in psychosis populations. The first stage would be a systematic review/meta-analysis to identify specific plausible relationships between sleep problems common in psychosis, and physical health consequences. The second stage will involve testing those relationships in existing cohort datasets and in real-world clinical data in the region (e.g. CRATE dataset). A final planned stage would employ a small-n case design to explore effects of sleep intervention on physical health in patients. There may be scope for including other methods (e.g. experimental or qualitative approaches) depending on applicant background and interests.  

Training 

The applicant would benefit from expert supervision on sleep, psychosis, and the mortality gap on SMI and would be supported throughout the research process. Training would be offered on systematic reviews/meta-analysis, and on access, management, and statistical analysis of data, with open science approaches being encouraged.  

Person specification 

You would have a strong interest in improving outcomes for those with serious mental illnesses, a curiosity in learning new skills, and a first degree in psychology or medical sciences. The PhD would be suitable for those interested in continuing to the clinical psychology doctorate, or other clinical academic routes.

This PhD project is in a Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences competition for funded studentships. These studentships are funded for 3 years and comprise UK (Home) fees, an annual stipend of £18,622 and £1,000 per annum for research training (RTSG). International applicants may apply but are required to secure additional funding to fund the difference between UK and overseas tuition fees (visit: https://www.uea.ac.uk/study/fees-and-funding/fees for details of Home and Overseas fee rates).

Primary Supervisor:

Start Date: October 2024

For more information on this project, please visit https://www.uea.ac.uk/search/courses/

We value your feedback on the quality of our adverts. If you have a comment to make about the overall quality of this advert, or its categorisation then please send us your feedback
Advert information

Type / Role:

Subject Area(s):

Location(s):

PhD tools
 

PhD Alert Created

Job Alert Created

Your PhD alert has been successfully created for this search.

Your job alert has been successfully created for this search.

Ok Ok

PhD Alert Created

Job Alert Created

Your PhD alert has been successfully created for this search.

Your job alert has been successfully created for this search.

Manage your job alerts Manage your job alerts

Account Verification Missing

In order to create multiple job alerts, you must first verify your email address to complete your account creation

Request verification email Request verification email

jobs.ac.uk Account Required

In order to create multiple alerts, you must create a jobs.ac.uk jobseeker account

Create Account Create Account

Alert Creation Failed

Unfortunately, your account is currently blocked. Please login to unblock your account.

Email Address Blocked

We received a delivery failure message when attempting to send you an email and therefore your email address has been blocked. You will not receive job alerts until your email address is unblocked. To do so, please choose from one of the two options below.

Max Alerts Reached

A maximum of 5 Job Alerts can be created against your account. Please remove an existing alert in order to create this new Job Alert

Manage your job alerts Manage your job alerts

Creation Failed

Unfortunately, your alert was not created at this time. Please try again.

Ok Ok

Create PhD Alert

Create Job Alert

When you create this PhD alert we will email you a selection of PhDs matching your criteria.When you create this job alert we will email you a selection of jobs matching your criteria. Our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy apply to this service. Any personal data you provide in setting up this alert is processed in accordance with our Privacy Notice

Create PhD Alert

Create Job Alert

When you create this PhD alert we will email you a selection of PhDs matching your criteria.When you create this job alert we will email you a selection of jobs matching your criteria. Our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy apply to this service. Any personal data you provide in setting up this alert is processed in accordance with our Privacy Notice

 
 
 
More PhDs from University of East Anglia

Show all PhDs for this organisation …

More PhDs like this
Join in and follow us

Browser Upgrade Recommended

jobs.ac.uk has been optimised for the latest browsers.

For the best user experience, we recommend viewing jobs.ac.uk on one of the following:

Google Chrome Firefox Microsoft Edge