DECIPHer PhD Studentships - Titles and Supervisors
Titles and Supervisors - Cardiff University
Cardiff School of Social Sciences
- Understanding the barriers to rigorous evaluation of public health and health inequality policy
- The feasibility and acceptability of randomised trials of complex public health interventions
- Social network analysis of adolescent health behaviour
- Health Promoting Schools and school based health improvement interventions
- Understanding family health and family based health improvement interventions
- The impact of the economic crisis on the health and well-being of children and young people
- Developing participatory action research and evaluation with children and young people
School of Medicine
- Evaluating peer-led motivational interviewing in schools.
(Extend a currently-funded WORD project to examine the content of audiotapes, clarify fidelity to motivational interviewing, consider the lower age-limit of this approach, develop a training procedure and consider further evaluation of efficacy.)
- The development and validation of a measure for deliberation.
(A prototype scale has been developed but needs cognitive debriefing and validation studies)
- Theory-derived multi-media tools: investigating the utility and impact of interactive perusasive and delberative technologies.
(New methods are being developed to develop component designs that are theory-based and there is a need to evaluate their impact.)
Other possible supervisors: Jacky Boivin, Cardiff & Odette Wegwarth, Max Planke, Berlin.
Cardiff Law School
- The research ethics of public health research in schools - gatekeeping, parental consent and child empowerment
- Influencing unhealthy behaviour in children and adolescents - an ethical (and/or legal) analysis of public policy options
School of Dentistry
- Normative group processes in alcohol misuse and violent crime
- Is dental neglect associated with an antisocial lifestyle?
Titles and Supervisors - Bristol University
Department of Social Medicine
- Using existing epidemiological data sets to explore multiple risk behaviours and resilience in children and young people (with Yoav Ben-Sholmo)
- Qualitative explorations of the relationships between alcohol use and substance misuse and other risk behaviours (with Matt Hickman)
- Social and physical environmental influences on levels of physical activity in children (in collaboration with Ashley Cooper or Angie Page).
- Access to, and utilisation of, physical activity opportunities in rural and urban areas.
- Using routinely collected data to construct school 'health profiles', and how these might be used to inform and evaluate interventions.
- Spatial analysis of healthy and unhealthy environments for children and young people.
- Young people's social and geographical health inequalities at macro and micro scales.
- Longitudinal analyses of the trajectories of substance use in young people
- Longitudinal analyses of the relationships between drug use and sexual health
- Exploring the opportunities and barriers to ensuring a health promotion environment for looked-after children
- Health promoting school environments for children with special needs
- Translating healthy school messages to the home environment
- Exploring protective factors and resilience amonst young people who might be labelled as vulnerable.
- The role of economic evidence in the formulation and implementation of NICE Public Health Guidance
- Evaluating the impact of childhood obesity interventions on costs and outcomes
- Does self-harm share the same risk factors as substance misuse, smoking and risky sexual behaviour and to what extent do they cluster in adolescence? (with Matt Hickmann)
Department of Exercise, Nutrition and Health Sciences
- Development of an environmental intervention to increase physical activity in children
- Point of choice and decision-making about activity and diet. What are the environmental cues and spatial routines that prompt young people to unhealthy, rather than healthy, behaviours
Department of Community Based Medicine
- Development and evaluation of support technologies to meet the information needs of young people in schools
- Developing school based health promotion programmes for children and young people with disabilities
Titles and Supervisors - Swansea University
School of Medicine
- Developing quantitative geographical information systems for the characterisation of obesogenic environments
- Assessment of the relative contribution of social and physical environmental influences on physical activity levels in children
- Development of a complex intervention to reduce self harm via text messaging to young people at high risk
- Mining of routine linked data sets to support the longitudinal analysis of complex interventions