UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


PhD Studentship in Paediatric Mental Health

Mental health treatment for children with epilepsy: outcomes for education, health and parents

A 3-year PhD Studentship funded by Epilepsy Research UK is available within the Population, Policy and Practice Research and Teaching Department at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health. The project will start in April 2021. The student will work on data from a high-profile national programme of research investigating treatment for mental health disorders in children and young people with epilepsy, funded by the National Institute for Health Research (https://uclpsychmed.wixsite.com/micestudy) under the supervision of Dr Sophie Bennett and Dr Pia Hardelid.

The student will use several large health and education databases, including Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) and the National Pupil Database (NPD) in order to address the research objectives. There is scope for developing specialist methodological expertise, including in multi-level models, latent class analyses or time series modelling. This is an excellent opportunity for a student with a strong background in quantitative data analysis (such as an MSc in statistics, epidemiology or demography) and statistical programming (in Stata, R or SAS) to build skills in using ‘big’ administrative health data to inform policy on the integration of physical and mental health services in children and young people.

Applicants should have, or expect to receive, an MSc in a quantitative discipline, and experience of statistical modelling and programming.  The student will receive a starting stipend of £17,606 per annum (including London weighting) as well as the cost of tuition fees for UK students (applicants who do not have pre-Settled or Settled status within the UK can apply but will have to personally fund the difference between the Home rate and the overseas rate).  Further information on post-Brexit arrangements for students can be found on the ‘UCL and Brexit’ website).

UCL is London’s leading multidisciplinary university with a thriving research community. In the recent 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) UCL was rated the top university in the UK for research strength and the best research environment.

To apply, please send a copy of your CV (including details of two academic referees) and a covering letter to Dr Sophie Bennett (sophie.bennett.10@ucl.ac.uk). Enquiries regarding the post can be made to Dr. Sophie Bennett sophie.bennett.10@ucl.ac.uk and Dr. Pia Hardelid p.hardelid@ucl.ac.uk

Deadline for receipt of applications: 15th January 2021

Interview date: 27th & 28th January 2021