Director of Studies: Professor Jackie Andrade
2nd Supervisor: Dr Tracey Parkin
3rd Supervisor: Dr Linda Solbrig
Applications are invited for a three-year Peninsula ARC funded PhD studentship. The studentship will start on 1 October 2019.
Functional imagery training (FIT) is a process designed to strengthen motivation by using imagery to increase desire for functional goals and the behaviours that lead to them. FIT does this by combining imagery training with a counselling technique called Motivational Interviewing (MI). We have recently published a study exploring the use of FIT compared to MI, which demonstrated that the use of FIT resulted in greater weight loss than use of MI techniques alone. This research aims to establish the requirements for implementing FIT into weight loss and other health services in a primary care setting. The primary care setting (LIVEWELL Southwest) currently delivers a tier two weight management service. Primary investigations will be around the implementation of FIT into this service and how this fits in the context of other provided services, to allow consideration of wider implications and implementation of FIT in practice. Includes consideration of training and fidelity checking to ensure consistent delivery of FIT. The researcher will be undertaking a mix of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies to undertake this research. Including collection of service user’s experiences and views of FIT. Exploration of the underlying mechanisms by which FIT may operate to engage and support people with complex needs to determine future applications of FIT across health services.
The researcher will need to be organised, familiar with behaviour change and have excellent communication skills.