15 episodes

'PhD: addicted to research' is a podcast created by PhD students funded by the Society for the Study of Addiction and is for anyone doing a PhD or thinking about doing a PhD. We are all at different stages of our studies, from starting off to writing up, and will release a podcast every 2 weeks. In the episodes, we discuss our experiences and fears about going through 3 (and more) years of study. We also interview experts to get the best tips and advice for making it to the final graduation ceremony.
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'PhD: addicted to research' is a podcast created by PhD students funded by the Society for the Study of Addiction and is for anyone doing a PhD or thinking about doing a PhD. We are all at different stages of our studies, from starting off to writing up, and will release a podcast every 2 weeks. In the episodes, we discuss our experiences and fears about going through 3 (and more) years of study. We also interview experts to get the best tips and advice for making it to the final graduation ceremony.
We are very grateful to George Verrall for producing the music for this podcast.

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    Conducting research during a pandemic

    Conducting research during a pandemic

    Chloe Burke talks to Dr Jenny Scott, Katy Penfold, Marie Jameson and Rebecca Dwyer about their experiences of conducting research during the COVID-19 pandemic and about what changes they made along the way. Dr Scott discusses her research on the impact of the epidemic on people who use opiate substitute medications in rural areas. Marie Jameson talks about how moving to an online format was not appropriate for her research with kinship families affected by parental substance misuse, and how she coped with this. Katy Penfold talks about her qualitative research into online Gamblers Anonymous meetings during lock-down, and Rebecca Dwyer explores how her research into cognitive aspects of alcohol use among undergraduate students changed from measuring brain activity in the lab to online data collection.  
    Links:
    How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected people in rural areas who take opiate substitutes?
    Living Under Coronavirus and Injecting Drugs in Bristol (LUCID-B): A qualitative study of experiences of COVID-19 among people who inject drugs

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    • 23 min
    Co-dependency with Dr Ingrid Bacon

    Co-dependency with Dr Ingrid Bacon

    In this episode, Dr Ingrid Bacon talks to Ayan Ahmed and Chloe Burke about her work and research on co-dependency in addiction. Dr Bacon explains co-dependency as a 'chameleon concept' and talks about some of her experiences through her PhD (including changing the concept half way through - it's never too late?). They discuss factors that are common across co-dependency, depression and anxiety disorders and how co-dependency can encompass many other underlying issues. Finally Dr Bacon shares her advice for how to enjoy your PhD.
    Dr Ingrid Bacon is a mental health occupational therapist and a Senior Lecturer in Kingston and St George's University of London.
    Music by George Verrall.

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    • 35 min
    Writing up your PhD thesis

    Writing up your PhD thesis

    In this episode Ayan, Carol and Dan discuss the writing up stage of a PhD. At the time of recording Carol and Dan had just finished writing up so were able to give their different hints and tips whilst it was all fresh in their minds. Dr Nicola Metrebian joins the podcast to give a supervisor's perspective on this all important stage of doctoral study.
    Music by George Verrall.

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    • 41 min
    Cannabis use disorder

    Cannabis use disorder

    In this special episode, Chloe and Merve talk to Rachel Lees, an MRC funded PhD student at the University of Bath, about her research on Cannabis Use Disorder (CUD). They discuss common misconceptions about CUD. They also cover treatment options including psychosocial treatments such as cognitive behavioural therapies as well as outlining the evidence base from clinical trials of pharmacological treatments.
     
    The team discusses the emerging literature on cannabidiol (CBD) as a treatment and the research currently underway into its potential pro-cognitive effects. They also cover barriers in CUD treatment research, unpicking some of the common challenges and limitations.
     
    Finally Rachel talks about her PhD and gives some great advice for current and future PhD students about how to deal with unanticipated problems.
    Music by George Verrall.

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    • 31 min
    Securing extra funding

    Securing extra funding

    In this episode Carol, Chloe and Dan discuss how to find, and apply for, extra funding during your PhD. They cover the different pots of money available to help you attend conferences and seminars, that will pay for collaborations, user engagement and that will sometimes make your PhD one that involves international travel.
    They talk to Dr Katie East who became an expert in securing extra funding during her PhD. Katie shares her tips for making funding applications, for how to cope with rejection and for how to use those rejections to improve the next application.
    Link mentioned in the episode:
    https://www.postgraduate-funding.com/
    Music by George Verrall.

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    • 37 min
    PhD goal setting and organisation

    PhD goal setting and organisation

    In this episode Chloe, Ayan and Merve talk about the different kinds of organisation and goal setting that are essential to completing your PhD. They outline some of the ways to organise the big things (like the overall PhD and thesis), the day to day tasks and short-term projects. They also discuss which apps, programmes and software have worked for them, resisting the temptation to descend into a reference management software discussion.
    Chloe also talks to Dr Tom Rusbridge, who, at the time of recording, was a Postgraduate Research Advisor at the University of East London. He has since moved to work as Research Staff Development Consultant at King's College London.
    Here are some links to resources discussed in the podcast:
    Notion for note taking: https://www.notion.so/Merve's blog on productivity: https://www.addiction-ssa.org/phd-blog-dealing-with-the-ebbs-and-flows-of-productivity/Researcher Development Framework: https://www.vitae.ac.uk/researchers-professional-development/about-the-vitae-researcher-development-framework
    Music by George Verrall.


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    • 40 min

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