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PenARC has a number of PhD studentships linked to project and priority areas. As well as the scientific quality of the proposal and strength of the supervisory team, projects are selected on the basis of the following additional criteria:

  • Congruence with PenARC aims
  • Link to existing PenARC projects or themes
  • Likelihood of health impact

This is an important area of capacity development to ensure the continued availability of trained research staff in the longer term. PenARC staff are active as supervisors for other projects across our two University partners.


Theme:  Public Health
Student:          Kitty Parker
Supervisor: Dr Obi Ukoumunne
Project:                Cluster randomised trials for evaluating school-based interventions to improve physical health, mental health and behavioural outcomes in pupils


Theme: Mental Health
Student: Sara Eddy
Supervisor:          Dr Jo Day
Project: The implementation of integrated psychological medicine services in Devon: An ethnography of change


Theme:               Public Health
Student: Kate Allen
Supervisor: Dr Vashti Berry
Project:              What community-based, public health interventions might have combined impacts on alcohol and substance misuse, domestic violence and mental health?


Theme:               Complex Care/Methods for Research & Improvement
Student: Emily Taylor
Supervisor: Professor Vicki Goodwin MBE
Project:      Using mixed methods to inform our understanding of maintaining independence in older people


Theme: Complex Care
Student: Sarah O'Rourke
Supervisor: Professor Jackie Andrade
Project: Implementation of Functional Imagery Training into primary care


Theme:             Public Health/Mental Health
Student: Charlotte Featherstone
Supervisor: Dr Kerryn Husk
Project: Social prescribing and horticulture therapy for higher functioning autistic adults


Theme:           Dementia/Methods for Research & Improvement
Student:              Mary Fredlund
Supervisor: Professor Jo Thomson Coon
Project:  Non-pharmacological interventions for dementia behaviours: developing and evaluating a ‘living’ evidence and gap map


PhD projects in second round of PenCLAHRC (2014 - 2018)

There were 11 PhD studentships funded in the second round of PenCLAHRC, with at least two studentships in each of our research themes. An additional four studentships are funded as part of our NIHR Research Capacity in Dementia Care Pilot Programme (RCDCP), which are fellowships for nurses and allied health professionals.

Further information on all of these studentships is provided below:

Student Project
Rebecca Hardwick Research use and knowledge mobilisation in third sector organisations involved in health care provision
Hannah Flynn Nice Disinvestment
Harriet Hunt Optimizing cognitive assessment in primary care to support a more effective route to dementia diagnosis
Chun Lap Pang Using new low dose CT cardiac imaging techniques to help define pre-operative risk of silent MI in surgery
Agnes Weyinmi-Demeyin N of 1 trials and the individualization of drug treatments
Dan Marshall A prospective mixed method study of person-centred care in a community weight management programme
Linda Solbrig Functional Imagery training as a personalized e-health intervention for weight loss
Ross Watkins Mealtime interventions and the health, quality of life and well-being of older people in residential care
Viktorija Kesaite An economic perspective on childhood obesity: exploring the causes and consequences of childhood obesity
Amy Backhouse Living well with dementia: a PhD programme to develop a complex intervention that integrates healthcare for people with dementia
Sonam Zamir Exploring the use of video calls to help prevent loneliness and reduce the risk or impact of dementia


NIHR Research Capacity in Dementia Care Programme (RCDCP) PhD fellowships (for nurses and allied health professionals)

Students were recruited to these fellowships in early 2015:

Student Project
Lisa Burrows More than tea and cake: A realist evaluation of memory cafes in Cornwall
Louise Mole The nutritional care of people living with dementia at home
Chloe Wood Developing a nursing intervention, using the concept of Amalgamation of Marginal Gains, to improve fundamental nursing care for people living with dementia
Abi Hall Physiotherapy for people with dementia


PhD projects from PenCLAHRC pilot phase (2008 - 2013)

Student Project
Alexandros Georgiadis Offenders with Common Mental Health Problems: a multi-dimensional and multi-perspective study
Claire Parker Supporting KIds, avoiding Problems (SKIP)
Katie Reeves Development and Well-Being Assessment (DAWBA)
Lucy Perry Timely Identification of Dementia in Social Networks (TIDeS)
Dr Ilianna Lourida Lifestyle factors, metabolic dysfunction and dementia
Dr Krystal Warmoth Understanding frailty and facilitating positive life-stage transition
Dr Kath Maguire Public and Patient Involvement in Theory and in Practice
Dr Jessica Bollen Developing a Stroke Rehabilitation Exercise Adherence Measure: StREAM
Megan MacMillan Promoting Positive Peer Attitudes Towards Childhood Disability
Dr Bogdan Grigore An Evaluation of Methods of Eliciting Expert Opinion in Health Technology Assessment




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