Newborn Touch Therapies - PhD research opportunities - University of Derby

Newborn Touch Therapies

Topic headline: Newborn Touch Therapies

Category: PhD research project

Institution: University of Derby

Department: Psychology

PhD supervisor: Dr Christopher Barnes

Application deadline: Applications accepted all year round

Funding availability: Self-funded PhD student only

Project description

This project would be part of an ongoing programme of research on psychological aspects of newborn touch therapies. The project could focus on parents and/or their newborn baby who may have been born prematurely or at term, who may either be hospitalised or discharged home.  It could focus on developmental or health matters related to receiving a touch therapy, or could focus on issues such as the assessment and measurement of the psychological impact of receiving a touch therapy on either the baby or the person implementing the therapy.  Clinical access to certain population groups may be possible through the existing links of the supervisor but may also be negotiated with the applicant based on their current or past experience. 

There is the potential to design a project to incorporate the specific interests of the PhD student. A successful applicant will join a thriving postgraduate community at the Kedleston Road site of the University of Derby, and will have a good (at least upper second) degree in psychology or a closely related subject, good quantitative or qualitative research methods skills, and will be a well-organised, self-motivated researcher.


Background reading

Barnes, C.R. & Adamson-Macedo, E.N. (2007) The Perceived Maternal Parenting Self-Efficacy (PMP S-E) tool: Development and Validation with Mothers of Hospitalised Preterm Neonates. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 60(5), pp.550-560.

Barnes, C.R. & Adamson-Macedo, E. N. (2004) Perceived Parenting Self-Efficacy (PMP S-E) of mothers who are breastfeeding hospitalised preterm neonates. in Adamson-Macedo, E.N. (Ed.), Expanding Frontiers of Neonatology. Special Issue of Neuroendocrinology Letters, 25(1), pp.95-102.

Adamson-Macedo, E.N. & Barnes, C.R. (2004) Grasping and Fingering (active and haptic touch) in healthy newborns. in Adamson-Macedo, E.N. (Ed.), Expanding Frontiers of Neonatology. Special Issue of Neuroendocrinology Letters, 25(1), pp.157-168.


PhD study at the University of Derby

The University of Derby is pleased to welcome applications from self-funded or externally sponsored students for programmes of research in this or related areas, beginning from September 2012. Applications are welcome from students wishing to study full time or part time, and from students in employment who have the support of their employers.

The University of Derby provides PhD students with a range of facilities and support, including dedicated office space, PC and IT facilities, and library services, and all PhD students in Psychology are members of the Centre for Psychological Research, an active community of psychological researchers.

At the University of Derby, the Traditional Route PhD is taken by students who already have a Masters level qualification that includes research methods. Students without previous Masters level training in research methods take the New Route PhD, which includes training in research methods.

Have a look at the application process details and fee information.


Enquiry contact details

Dr Christopher Barnes

T: 01332 592216