The PhD Program in Medical Psychology focuses – following the biopsychosocial paradigm – on the interaction of psychological, physical and social factors with an individual’s health. Research areas covered by the PhD program include, for example, patient-reported outcome research, psychological treatment of patients with somatic diseases, sexual health, health services research, and psychoimmunology.
Students in this program will learn the skills and acquire the expertise necessary for conducting studies in the field of Medical Psychology. They will be trained in qualitative and quantitative research methods (including psychometrics and systematic approaches to guide the process of implementation of PRO-based health services in clinical care) and familiarized with different study types such as observational studies and clinical trials. Students will learn how to successfully master the full life cycle of a clinical study from planning the study, to its implementation, data analysis and dissemination of results.
The program is directed at students with a master’s level degree in psychology or a related field. Each student will be supervised by a faculty member and a PhD committee consisting of senior researchers. In addition, the students will be integrated in one of the research teams to provide the opportunity for close interaction with peers and senior researchers. Completion of the PhD program will allow to pursue a research career in academia or industry.