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SCDTP Studentship - The relationship between head injury and aggression in minors over time

School of Psychology

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £15,009
(19/20 UKRI rate)
Closing Date:  Thursday 23 January 2020
Reference:  1206019JW

The relationship between head injury and aggression in minors over time

A fully funded studentship awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP) commencing in 2020/21 Academic Year.

Supervisory Team:

Valerie Brandt, School of Psychology, UoS,; James Hall, Southampton Education School, UoS,

The proposed project will utilise data from the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS), a large and nationally representative, longitudinal ESRC dataset to explore aggressive behaviour and symptoms of conduct disorder in children and adolescents. The research will investigate and compare the relationship between head injury and aggressive behaviour over time in males and females, using cross-lagged path modelling. Building on this, the project will use latent class models to identify different pathways in clinically relevant aggressive behaviour and finally investigate individual and familial risk factors for trajectories in aggressive behaviour in adolescents using latent growth models.

Skills Required

The potential PhD student should have some experience in multivariate statistics, an interest in child mental health and should be keen to learn advanced quantitative methods.


South Coast DTP Funding provides an annual maintenance grant (tax free) of £15009 (2019/20 UKRI rate), plus payment of all programme fees.  Other funding available for SCDTP funded students can be found on the SCDTP website (

Funding is provided for 3 years full-time PhD study (pro-rata for part-time students).  Applications for 1+3 funding for students completing a Master's year prior to the commencement of PhD study are also welcome (details available at

Application Procedure

The closing date and time for applications is 4.00pm on 23rd January 2020.  The full application procedure, the funding application form, and more information on the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership can be found at:

For further information about this project, please contact the lead supervisor detailed above.  For questions relating to the application procedure, or for more information about the SCDTP, please visit the SCDTP website or contact us at

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