Reducing social frailty in late adulthood

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.

Supervisor – Professor Julie

An exciting opportunity is available to work with an outstanding multidisciplinary team working in the fields of cognitive ageing, frailty, social neuroscience and allied health. The project focuses on social frailty, one of the most troubling and potentially devastating threats to healthy adult ageing, referring broadly to lack of social support or social engagement. This PhD project will provide the first test of how age-related changes in the abilities that allow us to perceive, interpret and process social information drive resilience and risk for this important threat to healthy ageing, and then leverage these data to create a training tool that directly targets those abilities identified as being most strongly linked to social frailty. The supervisory team integrates the skills and expertise of psychologists in the fields of geropsychology/developmental psychology (Prof. Henry and Dr. Sarah Grainger), social psychology (Prof. Bill von Hippel, and A/Prof. Eric Vanman), as well as clinicians working in the fields of geriatrics (Prof. Ruth Hubbard), allied health (Prof. Liisa Laakso), and neuroscience (Dr. Daniel Schweitzer).

The successful applicant will enrol through the School of Psychology.

Preferred educational background

Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant's previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.

A working knowledge of psychology, and in particular cognitive ageing or social neuroscience, would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of psychology or related discipline and the potential for scholastic success.

*The successful candidate must commence by Research Quarter 4, 2023. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date. International applicants may need to apply much earlier for visa reasons.

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