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IoPPN Pre-Doctoral Researcher Network

About the IoPPN Pre-Doctoral Researcher Network

The IoPPN Pre-Doctoral Researcher Network was inspired by the work of the Addictions Research Assistant Network (ARA). The network provides opportunities for learning & career development to Pre-Doctoral IoPPN Staff. It is also a great way to network and meet others in the field, as well as providing a platform to share concerns and ideas with senior staff.

Previous events have included:

• 2 x annual ‘Careers and Networking for Research Assistants and Pre-Doctoral Staff’ events

• Perfecting Personal Statements

• IoPPN Pre-Docs CV Workshop

• Applying for clinical psychology training*

• Course selection in Clinical Psychology*

• Applying for PhD funding*

• What does a PhD project look like?

• Completing a part-time job alongside a full-time job*

• Different routes through academia*

• Undertaking a PhD and Clinical Psychology doctorate* 


*Please see ‘speaker notes’ tab below for summary of the speaker notes from these events.

If you would like to sign up to the IoPPN Pre-Doctoral Researcher Network e-mail mailing list please e-mail You can also keep up to date with their activities by following them on Twitter @IoPPN_PreDocs

Research Assistants in Addictions Department

Charlotte Cooper

Sibella Breidahl

Emily Currell

Jacklyn Dunne

Anum Farid

Laura Hermann

Stacey Jennings

Maria Leonie Koutsou

Kideshini Widyaratna

Speaker notes
To read the speaker notes, click HERE
 Useful information
Seminars/open meetings
  • Addictions Departmental Meetings- the Addictions Department holds a quarterly Departmental meeting. These meetings are used to keep staff up-to-date of any departmental developments. There is a question and answer session during the meeting where staff and students are encouraged to ask questions.
  • Addiction Departmental Seminars - a great opportunity to feel like part of the department, get to know people and their research, and to present! Contact Michael Lynskey if you would like to present.
  • Aspiring Psychologists Group- Open to anyone who is interested in pursuing a career in Clinical Psychology. Group arranges regular talks, which often cover the application process for the doctorate in Clinical Psychology, including talks from local courses, as well as current issues, research and approaches in Psychology. If you would like to be a member of the group, please email to join the mailing list. Also see  for their Facebook page.

  • Journal Club - 
  • Grand Round-
  • Departmental Coffee Mornings – these are held on the second Wednesday of every month at 10am.
  • Qualitative Special Interest Group- contact to join.
  • Various events on at the IoPPN -
  • CRF (Clinical Research Facilities) basic clinical skills:  Gives a current overview of the active trials; infection control procedures; issues of confidentiality and managing patients with psychiatric disorders. To book e-mail or call 020 3299 1851

  • The Centre for Research Staff Development provides support for research staff to achieve their potential, before, during, and after your time at King's, with active support from the most senior staff in the university:
CV Writing Volunteering

Becoming a volunteer allows you to:

  • use your free time in an enjoyable and positive way
  • share your interests, knowledge and experience
  • explore career options or a career change
  • learn new skills and gain valuable experience for work or further education
  • get involved in your community and gain a sense of achievement
  • meet new people and gain references for future jobs
  • support South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Anyone interested in volunteering with the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust; please contact Isobel Mdudu or 020 3228 3978 to request information, an application pack or further details.

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