The Trailblazer PhD studentships have been devised and developed by leading early-career researchers at Coventry University.
Eligibility: UK/International (including EU) graduates with the required entry requirements
Funding details: Bursary plus tuition fees (UK/International (including EU at international rates from Sept 24)
Duration: Full-Time – between three and three and a half years fixed term
Application deadline: 27 May 2024
Interview dates: Will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates
Start date: September 2024
To find out more about the project, please contact Dr Ksenija Maravic da Silva
Adverse mental and physical health outcomes in the early postnatal period arise due to an imbalance in individual resources, environmental demands, and physical, hormonal, and sleep changes. The added barriers are related to the stigma of the antidepressant effect on the quality of breast milk and the affordability and duration of psychological interventions. Therefore, research is underway to explore new, non-pharmacological, affordable, and effective treatment options.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recognised that wearables can improve mental health in the general population. However, this advice has not been extended to the perinatal period due to a lack of research, impeded by the stigma related to perinatal mental health. Importantly, recent studies have speculated a correlation between aberrant expression of lactogenic hormones and pathological changes in mood and sleep.
Following (i) a systematic literature review, this research will (ii) evaluate the suitability of a wearable intervention in the postnatal period and (iii) explore the trajectory and protective role of circadian rhythms and prolactin levels on mental health during the early postnatal period. The outcomes will lay the foundations to extend treatment care for women post-birth
Tuition fees and bursary (£18,622 p/a).
The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.
All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.
For further details please visit: https://www.coventry.ac.uk/research/research-opportunities/research-students/making-an-application/research-entry-criteria/
Previous experience working with neuromodulation devices and/or maternity services is highly desirable.
To find out more about the project please contact - Dr Ksenija Maravic da Silva
All applications require full supporting documentation, and a covering letter – plus up-to 2000-word supporting statement showing how your applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project.Apply to Coventry University