PhD in Developmental Psychology
PhD in Developmental Psychology
Lund University, Faculty of Social Sciences , The Department of Psychology
Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and more than 8 000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.
The Faculty of Social Sciences at Lund University is one of the leading education and research institutions in Sweden and operates both in Lund and Helsingborg.
The Department of Psychology combines education with research and has in recent years been very successful in the competition for external research funds. Central research areas include occupational and organizational psychology, clinical psychology, cognition, neuropsychology, personality and social psychology and developmental psychology.
Many of our courses are developed in connection with research projects, and students are given the opportunity to gain access to current research findings from teachers who themselves are active researchers in their respective areas. Our education environment has long been highly internationalized.
Research project in developmental psychology
The Department of Psychology is announcing a doctoral position within a 10-year longitudinal, prospective research project in Deliberate self-harm, emotion regulation and interpersonal relations in youth (SoL). The overall purpose of the project is to investigate psychological adaptation and quality of life in young adults and how these are affected by factors 10 years earlier (ie in adolescence).
The doctoral student position is partly financed by a grant from the Crafoord Foundation (reference number 20200700).
The doctoral student project
The doctoral project Longitudinal trajectories of the co-occurence of disordered eating and self-injury among Swedish youth. A 10-year follow up, which is a part of the SoL project, has both cross-sectional and longitudinal parts:
- Cross-sectionally, we aim to examine the prevalence and co-occurrence of disordered eating (DE) and non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) in young adulthood and how these behaviours, separately and in combination, relate to different aspects of mental health in young adulthood.
- Longitudinally, we aim to study the trajectories of DE and NSSI from adolescence to young adulthood and identify the risk and protective factors in youth that predict these behaviors (separately and in combination) in young adulthood. The hypotheses will be tested in a large community sample of youths who completed a survey at three time points (2006, 2007, and 2017). The doctoral student will have the opportunity to expand his/her part of the project with a new separate data collection as well as new research questions with regards to disordered eating among youth.
In his/her part of the project, the doctoral student will work independently with great personal responsibility for data management and data analysis. To the application, the applicant should attach a research plan that contains their own initial ideas about what would be interesting to investigate in terms of disordered eating and non-suicidal self-injury as well as related factors, from a developmental psychological perspective.
The employment of doctoral students is regulated in the Swedish Code of Statues 1998: 80. Only those who are or have been admitted to PhD-studies may be appointed to doctoral studentships. When an appointment to a doctoral studentship is made, the ability of the student to benefit from PhD-studies shall primarily be taken into account. In addition to devoting themselves to their studies, those appointed to doctoral studentships may be required to work with educational tasks, research and administration, in accordance with specific regulations in the ordinance.
Information regarding doctoral studies in psychology are available at the following site: http://www.psy.lu.se/en/study/phd-programme
Students with basic eligibility for third-cycle studies are those who- have completed a second-cycle degree- have completed courses of at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits are from second-cycle courses, or- have acquired largely equivalent knowledge in some other way, in Sweden or abroad.
The employment of doctoral students is regulated in the Swedish Code of Statues SFS 1998: 80. Only those who are or have been admitted to PhD-studies may be appointed to doctoral studentships.
Applicants are assessed on:
- The quality of previous publications, such as master's theses, published reports and other relevant research credentials.
- The quality and feasibility of the research plan. Previous studies and relevant work experience can also be taken into account.
- Previous experience of clinical and / or research-related work on issues regarding disordered eating and non-suicidal self-injury is an advantage.
The application is made electronically and must contain:
- Personal letter in Swedish or English (max. 2 pages) which contains a short presentation of the applicant, significant qualifications and a short description of why the applicant is interested in the project and the doctoral program at the Department of Psychology, Lund University.
- Curriculum vitae showing eligibility for the doctoral program
- Essay work
- Research plan (max. 5 pages) that presents initial ideas about what would be interesting to investigate in terms of disordered eating and non-suicidal self-injury as well as related factors, from a developmental psychological perspective.
- Name and contact details of two references
Type of employment
Limit of tenure, four years according to HF 5 kap 7§.
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