Applications for this PhD have now closed.
Location University of Newcastle, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
App. deadline 10/04/2017
  • Scholarship available
Project ID 1
Eligibility Open to international applicants


We are seeking expressions of interest from highly motivated candidates interested in pursuing a PhD program in the assessment and provision of psychological services for older adults with/without dementia. This program of research will explore issues contributing to caregiver burden associated with the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia. Further, there is the opportunity to contribute to the evidence-based practice by building in an intervention component into this study.
The research team is part of the Priority Centre for Brain and Mental Health Research which is a cross-disciplinary group of leading researchers from diverse fields. CBMHR's three cornerstones are:

1) foster inter-disciplinary research excellence;
2) support, train, and promote the next research leaders; and
3) engage the public via open forums.

This project will provide opportunity to collaborate with industry partners and address industry-identified evidence and practice gaps. Working alongside academics and industry will provide the student with research translation skills.

The successful applicant would have an undergraduate degree in psychology or health sciences. It is crucial that the applicant has a basic understanding of analysing quantitative data, research training and support will be available.

Living allowance scholarship at the Australian Postgraduate Award rate for an initial period of three years (a six month extension may be granted at the Dean of Graduate Studies' discretion); Scholarship Value: $26,288 p.a.(2016 rate), 3 years plus 6 month extension.
• Relocation allowance - up to $1,520; and
• Establishment allowance - up to $500
• Completion of at least four years of undergraduate study and have attained Honours Class 1 or equivalent
• Domestic or international candidate
• Enrolment to commence studies at the University of Newcastle May 31st 2017.

Interested applicants are advised to send an email addressing eligibility criteria and demonstrating their interest in this topic to:
Contact: Dr Michelle Kelly
Phone: +61 (02) 49216838


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