Title: SCH40: Developmental Language Disorder in adults: nature, prevalence and availability of NHS support services
Funding: A full Home/EU fee waiver or equivalent fee discount for overseas students (£5,103 in 2020-21) (further fee details - international students will need to pay the balance of their fees) plus a doctoral stipend equivalent to the RCUK Minimum Doctoral Stipend (£15,285 in 2020-21).
Application deadline: Tuesday 31 March 2020
Start date: October 2020
Duration: 3 years (full time)
Location: Colchester Campus
Approximately 10% of children have Developmental Language Disorder (DLD), a language disorder of unknown origin, experiencing significant difficulties in the understanding and expression of language. These difficulties have been linked to poorer outcomes in education, employment, and health and wellbeing in adulthood.
However, because most research has focused on children, little is known about the prevalence or trajectory of DLD post adolescence.
Without clear knowledge of how DLD presents in adulthood, its impact on longer-term health and wellbeing, and the availability of support services have not been explored.
This study will tackle these four questions (nature, prevalence, long-term impact and services) using a mixed-methods approach containing three work packages:
Greater awareness of the nature of language difficulties in adults with DLD will inform our understanding of language development across the lifespan, and assist in setting up appropriate services.
The award consists of a full Home/EU fee waiver or equivalent fee discount for overseas students (further fee details), a doctoral stipend equivalent to the Research Councils UK National Minimum Doctoral Stipend (£15,285 in 2020-21), plus £2,500 training bursary via Proficio funding, which may be used to cover the cost of advanced skills training including conference attendance and travel.
Lead supervisorSchool of Health and Social Care, University of Essex
Victoria Joffe is Professor of Health and Social Care and a Speech and Language Therapist with extensive experience in supervising BSc, MSc and PhD research projects to successful completion in the areas of speech and language therapy, psychology and education. She has considerable experience working with individual with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD), and is involved in research developing assessments and interventions to enhance the language, communication and wellbeing of individuals with DLD across the lifespan.
Co-supervisorDepartment of Psychology, University of Essex
Eva Gutierrez is Lecturer in psychology with experience in supervising BSc and MSc research projects to successful completion and co-supervising PhD research projects (two on-going). EG has extensive experience investigating how atypical language development impacts processing at the behavioural and neurophysiological level. Specifically, EG has produced world-class knowledge in the area of deafness, investigating the neural bases of sign language processing and how different language subsystems contribute to reading attainment in deaf children and adults.
You can apply for this postgraduate research opportunity online.
Please include your CV, covering letter, personal statement, and transcripts of UG and Masters degrees in your application.
The University has moved to requiring only one reference for PhD applications and these can be received after a conditional offer has been made so the absence of these will not hold up the recruitment process.
When you apply online you will be prompted to fill out several boxes in the form:
If you have any informal queries about this opportunity please email the lead supervisor, Professor Victoria Joffe (email@example.com).
You can find the terms and conditions of this studentship here (PDF).