Feelings and mental health explored in first interdisciplinary PhD studentship

New research that will investigate the possible role of feelings in the mental health difficulties associated with psychotic-spectrum diagnoses such as schizophrenia will be made possible by the first interdisciplinary PhD studentship to be fully funded by the University.

Relatively little is known about this topic and the study could generate innovative findings relevant to both research and clinical practice.

Open competitions within both the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities and the College of Medical and Biological Sciences and Psychology led to two possible PhD projects being nominated, one by each College. Each was interdisciplinary in that it involved two supervisors, one from each College. Both of the projects were advertised, and a shortlisting and interview-based selection process was then conducted to identify the best overall applicant.

The chosen project’s focus on feelings – with their connections to neuroscience in one direction, and to social science in the other - will ensure that the project remains truly interdisciplinary.

The student will be supervised by Dr John Cromby (School of Management) and Dr Jon Crossley (Clinical Psychology) and the research will begin in Autumn 2016.

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