PhD in Psychology: PTSD, affect regulation and personality disorders during pregnancy and the postpartum

Key facts

Application deadline 23 February 2018
Start date 1 October 2018
Duration 3 years
Level of study Postgraduate research
Award type PhD studentship
Number of studentships 1

Perinatal mental health is high on the political and public health agenda and the last three years has seen much investment in developing perinatal mental health services in the UK.

Whilst much is known about the prevalence and impact of mood and psychotic disorders during the perinatal period, less is known about the prevalence and impact of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and personality disorders during pregnancy and the postpartum.

The aim of the project is to investigate the diagnostic overlap of PTSD, bipolar and personality disorders during the perinatal period and to examine the pregnancy, childbirth and early infancy outcomes of different subgroups of women and their infants.

Working with a team of researchers and clinicians (eg clinical psychology, psychiatry and academics) across the School of Psychology and the National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH) you will join our field team in recruiting and assessing women with moderate to severe mental health problems during the perinatal period. You will also have access to existing data sets that fall within the remit of the project.

You will develop a unique set of skills during the PhD that will equip you for a career in both academia and clinical settings.

Supervisors

Contact

Dr Cerith Waters

Lecturer

Email:
waterscs@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
029 208 70709

Funding details

Tuition fee support Full UK/EU tuition fees
Maintenance stipend Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum

Eligibility criteria

Residency UK Research Council eligibility conditions apply
Academic criteria

As only one studentship is available and a very high standard of applications is typically received, the successful applicant is likely to have a very good first degree (a First or Upper Second class BSc Honours or equivalent) and/or be distinguished by having relevant research experience.

Contact

Dr Cerith Waters

Lecturer

Email:
waterscs@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
029 208 70709

Consideration is automatic on applying for a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology with a start date of 1 October 2018.

In the research proposal section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisor of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided.

In the funding section, please select 'I will be applying for a scholarship / grant' and specify that you are applying for advertised funding from the School.

You should also send a CV and covering letter to Dr Cerith Waters.

We reserve the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.

Contact

Dr Cerith Waters

Lecturer

Email:
waterscs@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
029 208 70709
Meet us at our Postgraduate Open Day on 22 November 2017.

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