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Completed PhD's 

Congratulations and well done from all of us at Mental Health Research UK


  Mental Health Research UK are pleased to announce the following completed PhD Scholarships.

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Mental Health Research PhD Scholarship 2018

University of Cambridge - Understanding the psychological and biological characteristics of Obsessive Compulsive Symptoms in schizophrenia caused by clozapine treatment.

Student: Marjan Biria

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Children and Young People’s Mental Health PhD Scholarship 2018

University of Oxford - Understanding the emotional and practical needs of parents with psychosis and those of their children.

Student: Jessica Radley


Adolescent Mental Health PhD Scholarship 2017

University of Sussex - Pre-morbid school functioning and trajectories of mental health and social disability in adolescence and young adulthood.

Student: Lucie Crowter

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The John Grace QC PhD Scholarship 2017

Oxford University - Developing our understanding and treatment of paranoia using virtual reality technology.

Student: Poppy Brown

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The Fieldrose Charitable Trust PhD Scholarship 2017

Kings College London - Turning the Curse into a Blessing: Using Mindfulness to Reduce Schizophrenia Vulnerability in Psychosis-Prone Individuals.

Student: Heather McDonald


John Grace QC PhD Scholarship 2016

Manchester University - Understanding psychological resilience to negative stressors and suicidal thoughts and behaviours in people experiencing schizophrenia spectrum disorders.

Student: Kamelia Harris


Anxiety Disorder PhD Scholarship 2016

Oxford University - Mediators and moderators of treatment effects in social anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.


​​Scientific Goal: Mediators and moderators of treatment effects in social anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.


Student: Milan Wiedemann

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Bipolar Disorder PhD Scholarship 2015


Cardiff University - Identifying clinical and cognitive endophenotypes for bipolar disorder: genetic risk score analysis of two large population cohorts.


Scientific goal: To gain a clearer understanding of how genetic risk for bipolar disorder is expressed during development, with the aim of identifying more robust clinical and cognitive endophenotypes for this condition and improve the early identification of individuals at high risk of developing bipolar disorder. 


Student: Summit Mistry   

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John Grace QC PhD Scholarship 2015

University College London - The Life Course Epidemiology of Psychotic Symptoms in Schizophrenia and Other Psychoses: from environment to psychosis.


Scientific goal: The scientific goal of this proposed PhD project is to (a) test which types of psychotic symptoms are most strongly linked to socio-environmental risk factors, (b) establish when such associations are strongest over the life course, and (c) examine the direct and mediated pathways through which such risk factors contribute to psychosis aetiology. 


Student: Jennifer Dyxhoorn


Children and Young People's PhD Scholarship 2018

University of Edinburgh - Understanding biological and psychosocial risk and resilience factors for adolescent depression.

Student: Niamh McSweeney


John Grace QC PhD Scholarship 2014

City University, London - Understanding and translating Working Memory Deficits in schizophrenia into treatment.

Goal: To improve the quality of everyday life and social functioning in people with Schizophrenia by identifying and treating underlying working memory problems.


Student: Cristina Filannino


John Grace QC PhD Scholarship 2013


University of Nottingham - Investigation of abnormalities of glutamatergic neurotransmission and cortical function in schizophrenia using MRS at ultrahigh field (7T) and Magnetoencephalography (MEG).

Aim: There is an appreciable overlap in the clinical presentation, epidemiology and treatment response of the two major psychotic disorders – Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder. Hence, identifying shared neural mechanisms could aid the understanding of the brain basis of the clinical continuum of psychosis. Using Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI), we sought to identify brain regions which share altered white matter connectivity across a clinical spectrum of psychotic disorders.


Student: Jyothika Kumar

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John Grace QC PhD Scholarship 2012


University of Edinburgh - 'Investigating the molecular and cellular consequences of Disrupted in Schizophrenia 1 in patient-derived neural stem cells.' 

Aim: Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and recurrent major depression are devastating conditions for which current treatments are only partially effective. Lack of access to human neural tissue is a major limitation to developing more effective and better tolerated treatments. To address this, we will harness the exciting potential of stem cell technology in which the University of Edinburgh is one of the world's leading centres.

Student: Daniel McCartney

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Mark Robinson PhD Scholarship 2011


University of Nottingham -  'Development and evaluation of an online intervention for the treatment of depression in university students.'

Aim: Computer-based education can use film to model behaviours and strategies which have been shown to improve mental health and can provide feedback by recording progress. This project aims to use what we know about computer-based health education and therapy to develop an online programme specifically for university students with symptoms of depression. 

Student: Bethan Davies

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