Developing a social media intervention to increase awareness and understanding of psoriasis and reduce misconceptions: A mixed-methods project using co-production with adults with psoriasis

University of the West of England, Bristol

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An opportunity to apply for a funded full-time PhD at the Centre for Appearance Research in the College of Health, Science and Society, UWE Bristol. The studentship will be funded by The Psoriasis Association:

Ref: 2324-OCT-HSS12

The expected start date of this studentship is 01 October 2023

The closing date for applications is 07 July 2023.

Studentship Details

This is an exciting opportunity to conduct a funded full time PhD on the topic of using social media to increase awareness of the skin condition psoriasis within the general population and reduce misconceptions and negative attitudes towards it. The successful candidate will benefit from the opportunities presented by being part of a thriving internationally known university research centre (the Centre for Appearance Research, CAR www.uwe.ac.uk/car) focused on psychosocial aspects of appearance, including those associated with appearance-altering skin conditions. CAR has a strong, vibrant postgraduate community, and links with support organisations that work with people affected by visible differences.

The studentship is funded the Psoriasis Association, a leading national charity which raises awareness of psoriasis and provides information and support to individuals who are affected by the condition (https://www.psoriasis-association.org.uk/). The supervisory team will include Dr Ella Guest (Research Fellow at CAR), Professor Diana Harcourt (Professor of Appearance & Health Psychology), and Dr Amy Slater (Visiting Professor at CAR) who have extensive research experience relating to visible difference, skin conditions, social media, and population-level interventions.

Individuals with psoriasis often face negative experiences due to their condition, such as unwanted comments, misconceptions, and discrimination. These experiences can greatly impact their psychological well-being and engagement in life. Since these challenges arise from societal attitudes influenced by media (mis)representation, it is crucial for charitable organisations to have evidence-based tools that raise awareness, increase knowledge, and challenge misconceptions about psoriasis. This PhD aims to better understand these experiences through qualitative interviews and developing an evidence-informed social media intervention, in collaboration with people with psoriasis.

The precise details of the PhD will be finalised by the successful student, who will be supported to identify a unique focus to the research in order to make a novel contribution to research in this field, using appropriate methodology. 

In addition to developing an evidence-based social media campaign for the Psoriasis Association, this PhD will also offer an excellent training opportunity to develop the specific research skills and expertise of an early career researcher looking to establish a career in the field of applied appearance/health psychology and/or visible difference research.

For an informal discussion about the studentship, please email Ella Guest

 Funding details

The studentship is available from 01 October 2023 for a period of three years, subject to satisfactory progress and includes a tax exempt stipend, which will be £18,622 (2023/24) per annum. 

In addition, full-time tuition fees will be covered for up to three years (Home).

Eligibility

This would be a three-year, full-time commitment. This project is ideal for a self-motivated and enthusiastic student with a good honours degree (2:1 or equivalent) in psychology, and evidence of further study at Masters level or equivalent (e.g., MSc health psychology, clinical psychology). Knowledge and experience of the psychology of appearance and body image and qualitative and quantitative research methods, and an interest in social media and skin conditions will be highly desirable. 

The studentship is open to citizens in the UK. A recognised English language qualification is required.

How to apply

 Please submit your application online. When prompted use the reference number 2324-OCT-HSS12

Supporting documentation: you will need to upload your research proposal, all your degree certificates and transcripts and a recognised English language qualification is required.Your research proposal attachment should describe your proposed research in as much detail as possible. 

The proposal needs to clearly outline the research questions, the relevant research literature, your proposed research methods and how your research will contribute to knowledge in your field and should be a maximum of four sides of A4.

References: you will need to provide details of two referees as part of your application.

 Closing date

 The closing date for applications is 07 July 2023.

 Further Information

It is expected that interviews will take place on Friday 28th July 2023. If you have not heard from us by August we thank you for your application but on this occasion you have not been successful.

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