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PenARC welcomes new PhD students

Posted on February 18th 2020

Our PhD studentships are linked to PenARC project and priority areas and are an important area of capacity development to ensure the continued availability of research staff in the longer term. Students undertake research projects while being offered the opportunity to collaborate with and learn from our experienced researchers. As PenARC sets sail on its new five year research cycle we welcome aboard a new cohort of PhD students.

The new studentships reach across our research themes;

PhD: The implementation of integrated psychological medicine services in Devon: An ethnography of change

Theme: Mental Health

Sara Eddy’s research is investigating the implementation of an integrated psychological medicine service in Devon to provide both mental and physical care in a hospital setting. 

PhD: What community-based, public health interventions might have combined impacts on alcohol and substance misuse, domestic violence and mental health?

Theme: Public Health

Kate Allen’s research is looking at community-based public health interventions that might have combined impacts on domestic violence, mental ill-health and substance misuse. 

PhD: Using Mixed Methods to improve our understanding of maintaining independence in Older People

Theme: Complex Care: Methods for Research and Improvement

Emily Taylor’s research aims to identify what factors are associated with older people maintaining their independence using both quantitative, qualitative and integrative methods. 

PhD: Implementation of Functional Imagery Training (FIT) into primary care

Theme: Complex Care

FIT is an intervention that trains patients to use imagery to support long term goal attainment and has been used with many patient populations, however Sarah O'Rourke's research will focus on weight management.

PhD: Social prescribing and horticulture therapy for higher functioning autistic adults

Theme: Public Health/Mental Health

Charlotte Featherstone’s research will contribute to our programme of work around social prescribing which seeks to generate robust evidence about what works, for whom, and in what ways in linking individuals from primary care (often their GP) to social interventions and the potential to improve health and wellbeing.

PhD: Non-pharmacological interventions for dementia behaviours: developing and evaluating a ‘living’ evidence and gap map 

Theme: Dementia/Methods for Research & Improvement

Mary Fredlund has been a member of the Peninsula Childhood Disability Research Unit Family Faculty since 2011 and is a Co-investigator on the Healthy Parent Carer’s Programme feasibility study. Her PhD research involves developing new methods to ensure that evidence influences decision-making for one of the most pressing challenges resulting from an ageing population.

We look forward to working with all of the new PhD students and wish them every success on their research journey.

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