I’m Niamh, a 3rd year PhD student in the Division of Psychiatry researching adolescent depression. I’ll be taking over Edinburgh Medical School’s Instagram for the next two days to tell you about my research and give you an insight into the daily life of a PhD student.
Adolescence is a time of immense change for our biology, psychology and social world. My research investigates how these bio-psycho-social factors are associated with risk and resilience towards depression during adolescence. I hope that my research helps identify modifiable targets for intervention so that we develop novel treatment approaches for adolescent depression.
I use big-data research involving thousands of young people, as well as collecting some of my own data, to answer my research questions. I’ll tell you about some of my PhD findings to date and the projects on which I’m currently working over the next few days. I love science communication and outreach and have been fortunate to work with local schools and community groups on youth mental health projects during my PhD.
When not doing my PhD, I can most likely be found up a hill or in the sea! Edinburgh is a fantastic base to explore the Highlands and weekly swims at our local Portobello Beach are the perfect way to clear the head and unwind. I’ll do a Q&A later so please feel free to ask any questions about PhD life/research careers etc! You can also find me on Twitter niamh_mac
Time for some Q&As! Here I talk about the best and worst parts of a PhD, my journey into doing a PhD and my schedule amongst many other things!
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