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Position: Research Fellow
Institution: University College London
Department: Division of Psychology and Language Science
Location: London, United Kingdom
Duties: In this new study, we will develop a novel preventative intervention, delivered in the school setting, which integrates targeted training in emotional processing with group interpersonal therapy (IPT) that addresses young people’s social relationships. Given the rapid rise in mental health difficulties that occurs in early to mid-adolescence, the study focuses on ages 13-14 years (school years 8 and 9), which represent an ideal phase for effective prevention. This new hybrid intervention will be created through an interdisciplinary partnership between young people, teachers, psychologists, sociologists, parents, clinicians, statisticians, digital health experts and performing artists
Requirements: We are looking for an individual with excellent skills in multivariate statistics and scientific writing. The ideal candidate will also have experience in conducting research with young people and have experience in longitudinal mental health/social relationships research and/or intervention studies. Experience in social network analyses would be an advantage but is not an absolute requirement for the job. The applicant also needs to possess good interpersonal skills for communicating with the wider project team
   
Text: Research Fellow, - Ref:1878816 Click here to go back to search results Apply Now UCL Department / Division Division of Psychology and Language Science Location of position London Grade 7 Hours Full Time Salary (inclusive of London allowance) £36,770 - £40,928 per annum Duties and Responsibilities Overview of the project Adolescence is a period of heightened vulnerability to developing mental health problems. Rates of mental health disorder in this age group have increased in the last decade. It is striking how few resources have been invested in advancing our understanding of how to effectively prevent mental health problems developing before they become entrenched, particularly in adolescents who are at high risk. Increasingly, researchers and clinicians are recognising that a new approach is needed, focusing on transdiagnostic mechanisms implicated in vulnerability to mental health problems. In this new study, we will develop a novel preventative intervention, delivered in the school setting, which integrates targeted training in emotional processing with group interpersonal therapy (IPT) that addresses young peoples social relationships. Given the rapid rise in mental health difficulties that occurs in early to mid-adolescence, the study focuses on ages 13-14 years (school years 8 and 9), which represent an ideal phase for effective prevention. This new hybrid intervention will be created through an interdisciplinary partnership between young people, teachers, psychologists, sociologists, parents, clinicians, statisticians, digital health experts and performing artists. Young people will be actively involved in shaping the new programme and agents in co-facilitating its delivery. Performing artists that specialise in working with young people will play a key role in engaging young people in the co-development process and bringing the intervention to life. The study will involve close partnership with school leaders, teachers and school mental health specialists to ensure that the programme is integrated appropriately with existing mental health provision and is sustainable in the long-term. The project is being led by Professors Essi Viding and Pasco Fearon. The postdoctoral Research Fellow will take a lead on collating and testing the parts of the study battery that focus on social relationships. This will include working with the data manager to implement data collection systems, checking and piloting measurements in the field (including work with young people to optimise the study protocols), analysing the data and writing it up for publication. A further key task will be working with the study PIs, co-ordinator and data manager in curating the data for public use at the end of the study. The post is for 4 years in the first instance. Key Requirements We are looking for an individual with excellent skills in multivariate statistics and scientific writing. The ideal candidate will also have experience in conducting research with young people and have experience in longitudinal mental health/social relationships research and/or intervention studies. Experience in social network analyses would be an advantage but is not an absolute requirement for the job. The applicant also needs to possess good interpersonal skills for communicating with the wider project team. Further Details A job description and person specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page. To apply for the vacancy please click on the Apply Now button below. If you have questions about applying, please contact Prof Pasco Fearon (p.fearon@ucl.ac.uk). UCL Taking Action for Equality We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible. Closing Date 22 Oct 2021 Latest time for the submission of applications 23:59 Interview date TBC Our department holds an Athena SWAN Silver award, in recognition of our commitment and demonstrable impact in advancing gender equality. This appointment is subject to UCL Terms and Conditions of Service for Research and Support Staff. Please use these links to find out more about UCL working life including the benefits we offer and UCL Terms and Conditions related to this job. Job Description and Person Specification Apply Now
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