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PhD opportunities

Our unique PhD programme is co-supervised across themes and includes a one-year funded post-doctoral transition period to develop your research fellowship proposal that aligns to our objectives.

Wolfson PhD Students will join a cadre of more than 20 doctoral students already working in the area of adolescent mental health at Cardiff University.

Students will undertake research exchange visits with collaborators, further developing expertise, networks, and the national and international reach and impact of Wolfson Centre discoveries.

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Apply by: 12 midday on 24 June 2022
Supervisors: Professor Graham Moore, Dr Kate Langley, and Professor Anita Thapar

This studentship is funded by Wolfson Centre for Young People’s Mental Health Studentship (Wolfson Foundation).

This studentship is available on a full-time basis only, but unfortunately, due to funding constraints, international fees cannot be covered in this instance.

Project description:
Children and young people who have a neurodevelopmental condition such as ADHD or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and those with additional learning needs (ALN) /special educational needs, are at greater risk of poor academic attainment, school exclusion, and absence.

They are also at increased risk of developing depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems. To date, there has been limited emphasis on understanding how schools’ everyday practices and processes might better support the mental health of neurodiverse populations, including how universal whole-school approaches to mental health might take into account the needs of neurodiverse populations.

This Ph.D. studentship, based in the new £10 million Wolfson Centre for Young People’s Mental Health, will address these questions, with a particular emphasis on young people with ADHD.

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Apply by: 12 noon, Friday 16 September 2022
Supervisors: Dr Joanna Martin, Dr 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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