PhD in Psychology: Understanding and assessing children with psychological disorders

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    Cardiff University
    United Kingdom
    Social sciences
    First Stage Researcher (R1) (Up to the point of PhD)


Applications are invited for a highly motivated, enthusiastic psychologist with an interest in developmental psychopathology (or related field) to join a well-supported, friendly research team.

Our team is based in the internationally renowned School of Psychology that has a strong tradition of supporting research careers in psychology.

Based in our newly established Centre for Human Developmental Science, we are studying young children with emotional and behavioural problems, using neurodevelopmental assessments.

You will be responsible for undertaking assessments of children and their parents in a dedicated laboratory based in the Centre for Human Developmental Science (training in the use of laboratory equipment will be provided). You will need to liaise with educational and clinical psychologists, and with school-teachers and will be responsible for data analysis and writing papers.

In the context of this work, you will be encouraged to develop your own line of research that will serve as the basis for a PhD. The precise topic will be by negotiation with the supervisor, Professor van Goozen, and will need to be compatible with the ongoing work of the Centre, but within this framework there will be an opportunity for you to pursue your own interests.

You will also join the teaching staff of the MSc in Children’s Psychological Disorders (CPD) and help deliver tutorials and practicals to the MSc students for a maximum of 180 hours per year.


What is funded

Full UK/EU tuition fees and Doctoral stiped matching UK Research Council National Minimum.

Additional funding of £5,100 per annum is offered for GTA teaching responsibilities. In addition, students receive conference and participant money (approx. £2250 for the duration of the studentship). You will also receive a computer and office space. You will become a member of, and have access to courses offered by the University's Graduate College.


4 years


As only one studentship is available and a very high standard of applications is typically received, the successful applicant is likely to have a very good first degree (a First or Upper Second class BSc Honours or equivalent) in Psychology or a related subjected.

Applicants must also have excellent organisational, communication and research skills and an ability to successfully work as part of a teaching team, that includes psychologists, psychiatrists and clinical and educational psychologists.