Our Health Psychology PhD is for people with an interest the scientific study of psychological processes relevant to health, illness and healthcare.
You may be a recent graduate of an MSc Health Psychology (or similar) or a Chartered Psychologist or Registered Health Psychologist.
We welcome applications for a PhD in a variety of research areas, but particularly encourage applications related to our expertise, including:
- Placebo effect/patient expectations
- Role of psychological factors in wound healing
- Role of psychological factors in disease vulnerability or disease progression
- Role of illness beliefs in chronic illness
- Role of treatment beliefs in treatment outcomes
- Psychological and physiological assessment of distress
- Online behaviour change interventions
- Online support and social networking in relation to health and illness
- E-health and the role of the Internet in healthcare
- Applying psychology to the dental context
- Role of the internet in dentistry
- Children’s conceptions of dental health and disease
- Informal carers of individuals living with chronic illness
On this research programme you will study intensively in the area of your choice, under the supervision of experts in the field. Research projects are usually either placed within the relevant research group or managed as collaboration across groups.
For more detailed information about the research opportunities we currently offer, please our search to find a supervisor whose expertise matches your own research interests.
You can also explore our research groups and centres under the ‘Research’ section on the Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology homepage.
Your work will be supported by a dedicated postgraduate environment, which is informed and, in part, sustained through active international collaboration and cutting-edge research that is relevant to a range of careers.
Our division has a department at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus and is a member of the Topic Centre programme in occupational health and safety for the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work. It hosts the Centre of Organisational Health & Development that is a designated Collaborating Centre in Occupational Health of the World Health Organization. It is a founding member of the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology and hosts its journal, Work and Stress.