In this three-year fellowship Felicity will apply a translational science approach to develop and test a treatment to increase positive self-concept and subsequently improve the recovery of patients with psychiatric symptoms.
The self-concept is how we think about, evaluate, and perceive ourselves. It shapes our interactions with the world. I want to help patients boost their self-confidence and get back to doing the things that are important to them. - Felicity Waite, Research Clinical Psychologist, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford.
The lack of a positive self-concept is a factor in having or developing mental health problems, including psychotic experiences. To-date clinical research has typically focused on reducing the negative self-concept, yet this is only half the picture. This research will develop a treatment to build the positive self-concept.
Felicity's goal is to help people overcome distressing and often debilitating mental health problems. This fellowship is a unique opportunity to make translational science work for patients, by focusing on an important issue that patients want help for, but which to-date has been overlooked.
I am delighted to have been awarded this opportunity. Thanks to the fantastic members of the Department of Psychiatry who have given me both inspiration and support. Over the last few years, I have really enjoyed working with and learning from the whole department. I am really pleased to be able to continue that. - Felicity Waite.
The three-year fellowship is tailored to the needs of clinicians who aspire to a career in academic medicine or clinical psychology. Successful applicants will work towards a DPhil within one of three streams which are in basic sciences, mental and cognitive health, and translational/experimental medicine.
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