Our PhD students say
I recently started my PhD investigating the link between depression and type 2 diabetes with the South London Diabetes (SOUL-D) research group. This is a wonderful opportunity to work in a clinical environment whilst learning about a really relevant public health concern, alongside a pressing psychological issue, that affects so many.
Working in this department is a great privilege. There are people of all disciplines and backgrounds working to understand mental health problems. I wouldn’t change a thing.
What I enjoy the most about the Department is how pre-clinical research is guided by clinical questions and problems. The highly translational approach to research in an international environment with modern facilities has made the PhD an exciting experience for me.
I am a first year student and my PhD topic is: investigating cognitive, biological and psychosocial factors predicting interferon-alpha-induced depression.
Having completed a placement year within the department during my undergraduate studies, it was only natural for me to return here for my PhD. What I enjoy the most about being a student here is being part of such a multi-disciplinary environment and in particular, being involved in research which is at the interface between mental and physical health.
I am currently completing my PhD in the Eating Disorders Unit and have been investigating the emotion response system in people with anorexia and bulimia nervosa. It has been a fantastic experience for many reasons including the chance to immerse yourself in a subject, the people you meet along the way and the transferable skills taken from numerous courses available at King’s.
Having come to the end of my PhD in the Eating Disorder Unit I truly feel I have learned immense amounts, not only in terms of researching, but also in terms of personal strengths, weaknesses and ambitions. Mushy as it may sound researchers in the EDU support and encourage each other, making it an absolutely wonderful environment to work and grow in. I am going to miss it…
And what happened next?
Our post-docs speak
There is a pragmatism, a feel for the big issues and a commitment to science in the broadest sense in the Department which is really attractive. I did my PhD on decision making capacity in psychiatric inpatients and got a lot of supervision and a lot of encouragement to pursue the different perspectives on this topic. For clinicians who want to develop a research career without losing sight of what took them into clinical practice in the first place this is an excellent department to belong to.
Dr Gareth S. Owen
The support you get from the Department doesn’t just end the moment you hand your thesis in. I completed my PhD, on psychological factors affecting recovery from surgery, in 2003. Since then, I have received a great deal of mentoring and encouragement to continue with my research, leading to several major grants and publications. I still work in the Department, but now as a Senior Research Fellow with PhD students of my own.
Dr James Rubin