ESRC-Funded PhD Studentship on Donald W. Winnicott and the History of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

Type: Scholarship

Name: ESRC-Funded PhD Studentship at the Donald W. Winnicott and the History of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM), The University of Manchester

Location: Manchester, England

Application Deadline: February 15, 2015

Sponsoring Institution: Donald W. Winnicott and the History of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM), The University of Manchester


Details:

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship on Donald W. Winnicott and the impact that the work of this pioneering paediatrician and psychoanalyst had on child and adolescent mental health services in Britain since the Second World War. The studentship will commence in September 2015, and is tenable for three years’ full-time study.

We are especially interested in the ways in which psychodynamic approaches continued to shape practices in a context increasingly dominated by biomedical concepts. We specifically wish to study those associated with the work of Donald W. Winnicott, a paediatrician who trained as a psychoanalyst.

Among the relevant topics that might be covered are: the impact of Winnicottian (and other psychodynamic) approaches on child and adolescent psychiatry; tensions between psychodynamic approaches and biomedically informed concepts; the growing role of psychoactive drugs; reforms of CAMHS and the importance placed upon the practitioner-patient relationship as an essential tool for assessment and therapy.

The PhD studentship will be held at the University of Manchester’s Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM), which is internationally recognised for its work on the history of modern and contemporary science, technology and medicine.

The studentship will cover university fees at UK/EU rates, and provide a living allowance subject to the ESRC’s residency requirements.

Candidates should have a strong Master’s degree in History or Social Studies of Medicine, Science and Technology Studies, or a related subject.

To apply, please send the following to Dr Carsten Timmermann, carsten.timmermann@manchester.ac.uk, by 15 February 2015:

  • a CV,
  • a sample of writing
  • a covering letter outlining reasons for application

Potential applicants are encouraged to email Dr Timmermann at the same address for further information and informal discussion.

For more information, please visit http://www.chstm.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduate/research/funding/case-winnicott-camhs2015.aspx.


Contact Information:
Dr Carsten Timmermann
carsten.timmermann@manchester.ac.uk

Posted: January 21, 2015