Adolescent2Emerging Adult Development Study

Research Opportunity
PhD, Masters by Research, Master of Biomedical Science
Group Leader Email Number Webpage
A/Prof Sarah Whittle 8344 1958 Personal web page
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Julian Simmons 9035 8318 Personal web page

Project Details

We are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated candidate for a PhD/Masters project beginning in 2019. The project is a joint initiative of the Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre (Department of Psychiatry) and the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, The University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The successful candidate, supervised by A/Prof. Sarah Whittle and Dr. Julian Simmons, will contribute to a unique ongoing longitudinal study that investigates associations between the environment (particularly parenting), brain development, mental health, and social/societal functioning from late childhood to the end of the emerging adulthood period (~26 years of age). Assessments of participants began in 2004 (~12 years of age), with four waves of assessment completed since, and more than 70 peer reviewed publications arising. This project will focus on the final wave, as participants reach 26 – 27 years of age. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to craft a thesis topic that suits their interests, and may utilise a range of data from across the multiple waves, including the comprehensive assessment of mental health (disorder and symptoms), structural and functional brain imaging, genetics, observational assessment of parenting, trauma and child abuse, and other relevant environmental and individual variables. The successful applicant should have an honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant field, have excellent results (first class honours or equivalent) and/or have relevant research experience. Experience in clinical interviewing, longitudinal data analysis &/or MRI analysis will be looked upon favourably.

Faculty Research Themes

Child Health, Neuroscience

School Research Themes

Child Health in Medicine, Neuroscience & Psychiatry

Research Opportunities

PhD, Masters by Research, Master of Biomedical Science
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

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