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Funded PhD in Psychology on Alcohol Intake: University of Sussex

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Using mixed-methods intervention designs to determine how using unit-marked glasses affects ability to adhere to government alcohol intake guidelines (2017).

Supervisor: Dr Richard de Visser (School of Psychology, University of Sussex and Sussex Addiction Research and Interventions Centre)

The supervisor’s recent research has investigated ways of improving people’s capacity to manage their alcohol intake. These studies have addressed knowledge of unit intake guidelines, motivation to adhere to them, and skills required to monitor unit intake. The successful applicant will work on a programme of research co-funded by Drinkaware which will examine the impact of Drinkaware’s unit-marked cups. This is a continuation of recent research conducted in collaboration with Brighton & Hove City Council which provided evidence of benefits of using unit-marked glasses. Intervention studies may be conducted in various samples, including students in schools and universities and non-student adults.

Studies will used mixed-method designs using quantitative surveys to measure intervention effects, and qualitative interviews to assess responses to interventions and suggestions for improvements. The theoretical framework is the Information-Motivation-Behavioural Skills model (IMB: Fisher et al., 1994) that has been applied in our recent studies of alcohol interventions (de Visser, 2015; de Visser et al., in press).

Applications should be made by Tuesday, 10 January 2017. The award of the studentship will be based on a competitive process. If awarded, it would be a full-time studentship (funded for a duration of three years) covering tuition fee, and a maintenance allowance. The maintenance allowance is currently £14,296 per annum.

For further information is available at the School of Psychology, University of Sussex

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