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Apply by: 12 noon, Friday 16 September 2022
Supervisors: Dr Joanna MartinDr Kate Langley, and Professor Anita Thapar

The studentship is generously funded by the School of Medicine and is open to all UK students without further restrictions.

The studentship will commence in January 2023 and cover full UK tuition fees and doctoral stipend matching UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) National Minimum (2022/3 - £16,062).

Project description:
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common and highly impairing neurodevelopmental disorder that is associated with life-long adverse social, educational, and health outcomes. Diagnosis of ADHD is often delayed and may even be missed entirely in many females.

The aim of this PhD project is to increase knowledge of ADHD in females, including potential reasons for delayed diagnosis. The specific aims are to:

1. Identify potential compensatory factors and negative coping strategies associated with delayed ADHD diagnosis, particularly in females.

2. Determine the impact of ADHD diagnosis timing on impairments in social and educational functioning.

3. Test the association between common and rare neurodevelopmental genetic risks and use of coping strategies and protective factors in individuals with and without ADHD.

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