PhD: Obesity treatment for children and adolescents – enhancing health service delivery

This PhD will explore how best to translate evidence into healthcare practice and policy in order to improve access and quality of care for children and adolescents with obesity.

  • Principal investigator(s) Dr Grace O'Malley
  • Research theme Health Professions Education, Population Health and Health Services

Project description

Obesity poses a significant threat to the health of Irish children and the healthcare system as a whole. Policy recommends establishing treatment for childhood obesity in primary, secondary and tertiary care. Currently, inequity exists in terms of access to care and little is known regarding the capacity of health professionals to offer treatment and care.

Using a mixed-methods approach, the candidate will design, develop and implement a series of studies addressing:

  • the resources required by stakeholders to develop treatment throughout the health service;
  • the impact of increasing access to training and education for health professionals; and
  • the health economic factors that should be considered when improving access and delivery of obesity treatment.

Tenure: Four years


The candidate should be a motivated individual who is passionate about child health and equality. The successful candidate will need to have good communication skills and work well with a team.

Minimum requirements:

  • Msc/MCh minimum or equivalent health professional qualification.
  • English teaching language requirements are listed here.

Desirable candidate specifications include:

  • Qualitative research methods
  • Systematic review training and experience
  • Clinical experience
  • Experience of engaging with patients/public in research

Application process

Please apply with an up-to-date CV, a 500-word statement outlining your interest in and suitability for the position, and contact details of two referees to

Successful candidates will be able to attend a virtual interview if they wish.

Important dates

  • Closing date for applications is May 2021.
  • Shortlisting will take place in July 2021
  • Interviews take place in August 2021
  • The position will begin in October 2021