Research Assistant

LOCATION & DURATION

London, 12 months

SALARY

£31,479 per annum, inclusive of London allowance

UCL DEPARTMENT

Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology

CLOSING DATE

TBD

We are looking for a research assistant to work on MODIFY, a groundbreaking project funded by the Alzheimer’s Society to investigate how Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) services might contribute to dementia prevention across England. Reporting to the Principal Investigators (PIs) of the project, the successful applicant will join a dynamic team in UCL, a leading UK university with an international reputation for dementia research. The post-holder will be based in the Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology. 

The postholder will focus on a key aim of the MODIFY project, testing the feasibility of measuring change in behavioural and psychosocial dementia risk factors in IAPT services. They will also support the principal investigators and the project research fellow in the project’s other main aims:

MODIFY PROJECT AIMS

1. To develop a big data resource linking medical records of dementia status to IAPT treatment outcome data

2. To use this resource to investigate whether  treating anxiety and depression is associated with reduced dementia incidence 

3. To test the feasibility of measuring change over therapy in dementia risk factors which are not routinely measured in psychological therapy.

VACANCY INFORMATION

The post is funded by Alzheimer’s Society for 12 months, in the first instance. 

You will be part of a vibrant team and will work on successful completion of a high profile grant funded project under direction of the PIs.

You will play a key role in supporting the MODIFY project, including liaison with clinical services, data collection and analysis and drafting peer reviewed papers.

The setting as well as the opportunities and responsibilities of the post will provide an excellent opportunity for career development.

ABOUT YOU
You will need to have an interest in psychological aspects of ageing or dementia who has excellent organisational, social, communication, quantitative and qualitative research skills. 
You will need to have a good 2:1 (>65%) in your psychology undergraduate degree, research experience, and, ideally, a masters in a relevant field.  
You will ideally have experience of working with NHS clinical services and/or older people and/or routinely collected healthcare records data.

Applicants should apply online here.

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Josh Stott at j.stott@ucl.ac.uk

Interview Date: TBD 

Our department holds an Athena SWAN Silver award, in recognition of our commitment and demonstrable impact in advancing gender equality.

Contact us

Contact the ADAPT Lab lead, Dr Joshua Stott, for any questions about the ADAPT Lab.

Email: j.stott@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: 0207 679 1605

Location: 1-19 Torrington Place, London

Twitter: @ADAPTlabUCL