Fully-Funded PhD Studentship at Bournemouth University in UK

Страна: Великобритания;

Дедлайн: 18.10.2017

Тип гранта: Обучение за границей;

Веб-сайт: www1.bournemouth.ac.uk

 

hD Studentship - Development and validation of a novel smartphone application for the assessment of acute and chronic stress, allowing the investigation of eating behaviours in association with stress during everyday life. 

This project aims to develop and validate a novel smartphone application for the assessment of both acute and chronic stress during everyday life. The project will utilise this application to investigate associations between stress and eating behaviour. The work will be undertaken over a three year period in a series of studies, based on: reviewing existing measures of stress; development of a smartphone application; testing and validating the application in real world stress-based situations; the investigation of eating behaviours in relation to acute and chronic stress. 

This is a fully-funded PhD studentship which includes a stipend of £14,000 each year to support your living costs.

Project details

This project aims firstly to develop and validate a novel smartphone application for the assessment of both acute and chronic stress during everyday life. Secondly, the project will utilise this application to investigate associations between stress and eating behaviour. The work will be undertaken over a three year period in a series of studies, based on: reviewing existing measures of stress; development and validation of a smartphone application; and the investigation of eating behaviours in relation to acute and chronic stress.

The work will result in a novel and validated smartphone application for the measurement of stress during everyday life, of potential use and benefit for a range of academic researchers. The validation will also result in increased understanding of the relationships between subjective, implicit and objective measures of stress. Secondly, the work will extend current understanding of the links between stress and eating behaviour, with the aim of increasing understanding, developing future interventions, and improving population health. The work will be of interest to all those with an interest in improved health, both from a stress perspective and from a healthy eating perspective. To improve the societal impact of the project, the work will be undertaken following recruitment of individuals from workplace settings, and may be extended to include individuals with diagnosed stress-related and anxiety disorders (dependent on contacts). A wide variety of health and human resource professionals and professional bodies, and the population as a whole will benefit from increased understanding of stress, the relations between stress and eating behaviour and diet, and the evidence for possible future interventions. The findings of the project could result in an extension of the application for personal use, and for the development of interventions.

The PhD studentship is funded by Bournemouth University, UK, and the Institut Paul Bocuse, France.

 

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