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Using rTMS to Better Treat Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Severe obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a devastating mental illness that is notoriously difficult to treat. OCD is associated with changes in brain activity specific neurocircuits. rTMS is a non-invasive brain stimulation technique that can safely modulate brain activity in targeted neurocircuits. rTMS can be a highly effective treatment for depression, but its potential to help people with OCD is less known. This exciting clinically focused PhD will focus on novel applications of rTMS to treat OCD. It will investigate the impact of rTMS on both OCD symptom severity and underlying cognitive-motivational processes. The successful candidate will be supervised by Prof Murat Yücel and Dr Rebecca Segrave. They will join a world-leading research group with expertise in neuroimaging, psychopathology, and brain stimulation, and have the oppourtunity to develop skills in each of these areas. Please include: - a cover letter with a brief outline (1 page) of your interests and suitability for the research; - a curriculum vitae including academic transcript(s) and any published works; and - names and contact details of 2 academic referees. Note The student must have an RTP/APA or equivalent scholarship awarded in order to be eligible for the top up scholarship (scholarship rounds typically close in May and October for domestic applicants, and March and August for international applicants).
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Please forward expressions of interest and direct questions to: Dr Rebecca Segrave. Email:
School of Psychological Sciences
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Clayton Campus

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