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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


PhD Opportunity : Food and Addiction/Obesity 

An exciting opportunity has become available for one or two PhD students to undertake doctoral work within the food addiction/obesity research programme of the National Addiction Centre (NAC), Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch.

The NAC has been undertaking preliminary work over the past six years, which has culminated in a Health Research Council funded randomised controlled trial of a new food addiction-orientated lifestyle change network called Kia Akina (“be encouraged and supported”) for obesity treatment. Early findings are positive, which if sustained over the next twelve months will catalyse an expansion of the network nationwide, beginning in Canterbury.

In addition to joining the research team and being involved in this pioneering work, successful applicants who qualify for a University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship will be eligible to apply for up to a further $10,000 to assist with research and personal costs.

We welcome enquiries from PhD eligible students wishing to undertake doctoral work from either quantitative or qualitative methodological standpoints, or indeed both, from a variety of disciplines including psychiatry, addiction medicine, health sciences, psychology, nursing and dietetics.

For more information, contact:

Further Information

Ruth Helms
Manager, Academic Programmes
University of Otago, Christchurch
PO Box 4345
New Zealand
Tel 64 3 364 0527