4 PhD positions available

Applications are sought from candidates interested in pursuing a PhD focused on the design of new technologies to support mental health interventions for young people.

Application deadline: 1st February 2017
Location: University College Dublin.

The programme of research in which the PhD candidate will engage forms part of the TEAM (Technology-Enabled Mental Health for Young People) ITN programme. TEAM is funded by the European Commission through its Marie Sklowdowska Curie programme: http://www.team-itn.ucd.ie/

The TEAM network will fund 15 PhD studentships in all, with four of these studentships based at University College Dublin.

The successful candidates will receive a gross annual salary of approximately €32,000. They will also be entitled to a mobility allowance of approximately €6,000 per annum and potentially a family allowance where appropriate. The duration of the contract will be 3 years as a fully funded PhD (although the PhD programme can take up to 4 years to complete).

The positions at UCD cover topics including computer gaming and mental health, online communities, and ethical and policy issues. We are seeking excellent and ambitious candidates from a range of backgrounds including Human Computer Interaction, Computer Science, Psychology and Health Sciences.

Informal Enquiries:
Informal enquiries about these positions may be made to Dr David Coyle, d.coyle@ucd.ie

Please follow the link below for further details of each project and also details of how to apply.

TEAM project 11: Adaptable games and gamification to support youth mental health interventions

TEAM project 9: Integrated computer games and mobile apps to support structured delivery of mindfulness-based CBT in Schools

TEAM project 4: Intelligent techniques to support online mental health communities and stepped care

TEAM project 15: Ethics, privacy and service users rights in technology-enabled mental health services

Sample reading:

Tunney, C., Cooney, P., Coyle, D. & O’Reilly, G. (2016) Mindful Gnats: Comparing Young People’s Experience of Technology-Delivered versus Face-to-Face Mindfulness and Relaxation. British Journal of Psychiatry.

Coyle, D., Thieme, A., Linehan, C., Balaam, M., Wallace, J. & Lindley, S. (2014) Emotional Wellbeing, International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 72(8–9), 627-628.

Doherty, D., Coyle, D., & Sharry, J. (2012) Engagement with Online Mental Health Interventions: An Exploratory Clinical Study of a Treatment for Depression. ACM CHI 2012, pp 1421-1430.

Coyle, D., McGlade, N., Doherty, G. & O’Reilly, G. (2011) Exploratory Evaluations of a Computer Game Supporting Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Adolescents. ACM CHI 2011, pp2937-2946.

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