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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: http://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=59475

**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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