Developing an innovative model of care to reduce the psychosocial burden of IVF

Project opportunity

This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

We have received an NHMRC Ideas Grant to co-design an online resource that will strengthen coping and enhance social support networks for patients and partners during IVF.  This will involve tracking emotions and coping across an IVF cycle and developing an app-based coping intervention. We will also interview partners, friends and families of IVF patients to understand their experience and identify effective coping strategies.

Men are under-represented in fertility care and research, so we have little information on the types of support that work best for them. Similarly, friends and family members often want to provide support to women and men doing IVF treatment, but might not understand the process or know how to help.  The PhD candidate will interview partners, family and friends to find out what works for them, and work with the research team and consumer advisory groups to co-design evidence-based resources that will make a positive difference for people.

This project is led by Dr Katrina Moss. The PhD opportunity would suit someone with a background in psychology, and people with personal or professional experience of IVF treatment are encouraged to apply. However, any candidate with an interest in making a positive difference in this area is encouraged to contact Dr Moss to discuss the opportunity.

This position will be based at the UQ Herston Campus. Due to the short time frame of the grant, it is not possible to sponsor an international student - this opportunity is only open to people already living in Australia.

Scholarship value

As a scholarship recipient, you'll receive: 

  • living stipend of $32,192 per annum tax free (2023 rate), indexed annually
  • tuition fees covered
  • single Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

This project also includes a top-up of $10,000 per annum.


Dr Katrina Moss

Faculty of Medicine


Preferred educational background

Your application will be assessed on a competitive basis.

We take into account your

  • previous academic record
  • publication record
  • honours and awards
  • employment history.

A working knowledge of qualitative research, coping theories, or co-design would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of psychology, health or social sciences and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of psychology, IVF or co-design is highly desirable.

Latest commencement date

If you are the successful candidate, you must commence by Research Quarter 3, 2024. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date.

If you are an international applicant, you may need to apply much earlier for visa requirements.

How to apply

You apply for this project as part of your PhD program application.

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