PhD in Medicine: Understanding adversity and its impact on health and education outcomes during childhood
|Application deadline||31 July 2017|
|Start date||October 2017|
|Level of study||Postgraduate research|
|Award type||PhD studentship|
|Number of studentships||1|
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can have lasting impacts on people’s physical and mental health, contributing to the development of harmful lifestyle behaviours, chronic disease and premature mortality.
Although the mechanisms that effectuate long-term outcomes are not well understood, it is recognized that those who experience one ACE are often exposed to multiple ACEs; accumulating levels of adversity tends to have a dose-response on negative consequences; and that ACEs can result in poor health outcomes, morbidity and mortality, into adulthood and over the longer term.
In 2015, Public Health Wales undertook a representative population-based health survey exploring the prevalence and health impacts of ACEs in Wales. In 2017, Public Health Wales is exploring the role of resilience in protecting adults (18-69 years) from the harmful impacts of ACEs, and supporting lifelong health. The findings from these studies, and the wider evidence base, are supporting the development of national and local policy and practice across Wales to prevent ACEs and develop responsive services for those affected by them. As policy and practice look to identify what works to prevent ACEs, a key area of research is to better understand the key factors which prevent ACEs, and protect against the long term consequences of exposure to ACEs in childhood.
The aim of this PhD proposal is to better understand the impact of ACEs on health and non-health outcomes from childhood through to early adulthood using a life-course approach, with a specific focus on the protective factors for resilience. Improving our understanding of differences in the trajectories of those populations effected by ACEs will help inform policy and practice, identifying key periods where intervention may be focused to better address and prevent the negative consequences of ACEs.
This studentship is very generously funded by the Division of Population Medicine and Public Health Wales.
About the division
The Division of Population Medicine brings together researchers across the disciplines of primary care, public health, clinical medicine, and community paediatrics offering a variety of expertise including specialists in epidemiology, statistics, psychology, sociology and systematic reviews. The Division currently has 20 PhD/MD students, registered (including staff members). Students have a PhD student representative who liaises with the student representative on the School Postgraduate Research Degree Committee. Division PhD student group meetings are held to provide a forum for students to discuss ideas related to PhD studies with their peers. The group is run by students for students.
Our mission is to make a positive impact on people’s health by carrying out research focused on prevention of harm and ill health and improving patient care.
A key priority is the commitment to engage with the diverse communities in Wales, to deliver change that will improve the health of all people in Wales.
Professor of Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine. Population Health Theme Lead, College of Biomedical and Life Sciences
This project will also be supervised by Dr Alisha Davies, Public Health Wales.
|Tuition fee support||Full UK/EU tuition fees|
|Maintenance stipend||Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum|
|Residency||Open to all UK/EU students without further restrictions|
Open to any social sciences, healthcare and medical sciences graduates.
Consideration is automatic upon application for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in Medicine (start date of October 2017).
In the funding section of your application, please select 'I will be applying for a scholarship / grant' and specify that you are applying for advertised funding from the School. In the research proposal section, include the project description contained here.
A CV and covering letter should also be sent to the Division of Population Medicine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We reserve the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.