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Hi everyone, please can you circulate the following PhD opportunity:

Using social networks to encourage teenagers to become more physically active


The PhD student will work within a multidisciplinary team of researchers (including Prof Tom Valente, University of Southern California) to design, implement and evaluate a novel social network intervention to increase physical activity in teenagers.

Method: The PhD programme will comprise 3 main components:

(i) Systematic review  investigating the effectiveness of previous social network interventions for health behaviour change (physical activity, smoking, diet, alcohol) in adolescents (13-18 year olds);
(ii) Exploration of social networks for physical activity behaviour change  using quantitative and/or qualitative methods, the student will explore, with a sample of adolescents, how their social networks, including friends and family, influence health behaviours and to investigate how we can utilise these networks to increase physical activity;
(iii) Feasibility study  this information will be used to inform the development of a novel social network intervention to increase physical activity in adolescents.

We welcome applications from honours graduates (2.1 or higher degree classification) in a relevant discipline.

Apply now:

**Closing date: Sunday 19th July 2015

For more information please contact:
Dr Ruth Hunter
Centre for Public Health
Queen's University Belfast
Northern Ireland, UK
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