Mental Health and Comorbidities Theme:

PhD Studentships


Kathryn Djali
( is a PhD research student working on mental and physical health comorbidity, specifically diabetes and serious mental illness in a South Asian population. Kathryn is a member of the NIHR CLAHRC DIAMONDS (Diabetes and Mental Illness: Improving Outcomes and Services) project.

The studentship is funded jointly by the Department of Health Sciences and Bradford District Care Trust, as part of the NIHR CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber Mental Health and Comorbidity theme. She is supervised by Professor Simon Gilbody and Dr Najma Siddiqi.

Samantha Gascoyne ( will be researching the association between poor sexual health in people with serious mental illness. 

Sam graduated from York St. John University in 2014 with an MSc (hons) in Psychology. She has previously worked in a variety of clinical mental health settings ranging from forensic, child and adolescent to older people’s services. Sam spent eighteen months as study support officer in the Mental Health and Addiction Research Group, University of York before commencing her full-time doctoral studies in January 2015 when she started on a studentship jointly funded by the Department of Health Sciences and HYMS as part of the NIHR CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber Mental Health and Comorbidity theme.


PhD News:

Leeds Anniversary Research Scholarships, Fully Funded Scholarships – October 2016 Entry:

An opportunity to undertake a funded PhD: Developing and evaluating aide-memoire and mHealth interventions to support medication adherence in co-morbid severe mental illness and physical health patients.

The PhD is part of the Leeds Anniversary Research Scholarships scheme, and will be part-funded through the CLAHRC Yorkshire & Humber Mental Health Theme.  The scholarship will cover the cost of tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and a maintenance grant (£14,057 for session 2015/16). 

The closing date is 26th February. Interested applicants should get in touch at the earliest possible stage to enable us to advise on the preparation of a strong application. Informal inquiries to

 Further details can be found here: