Painkiller addiction - PhD research opportunities - University of Derby

Painkiller addiction

Topic headline: Painkiller addiction

Category: PhD research project 

Institution: University of Derby

Department: Psychology

PhD supervisor: Professor James Elander

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 painkiller addiction. The project could focus on groups with specific painful conditions such as arthritis or headache, or on the general population. It could focus on issues such as assessment and measurement of painkiller addiction, cultural risk or protective factors, psychological factors such as pain acceptance or alexithymia, qualitative explorations of the experiences of affected individuals, or prevention or treatment approaches.

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 research

Elander, J., Duarte, J., Maratos, F.A. & Gilbert, P. (2013). Predictors of painkiller dependence among people with pain in the general population. Pain Medicine. Published online ahead of in print.

Lusher, J., Elander, J., Bevan, D., Telfer, P. & Burton, B. (2006). Analgesic addiction and pseudoaddiction in painful chronic illness.  Clinical Journal of Pain, 22 (3), 316-324.


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

Professor James Elander

T: 01332 593048