PhD: The psychosocial impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the pharmacy profession

This PhD will enable scholars to develop diverse quantitative and qualitative research skills, join a research group of pharmacists and psychiatrists and also provide the opportunity to engage with novel multi-disciplinary research.

  • Principle investigator(s) Dr John Hayden
  • Research theme Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders

Project description

The ultimate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global health, world economies, societal cohesion and daily life is as yet unknown. It is assumed, based on existing data from previous pandemics, together with emerging data from this pandemic, that while the physical health of the population will recover early, psychological morbidity will inevitability rise and may be prolonged. It is also asserted that particular groups are at higher risks of psychological sequelae, including frontline healthcare workers and those with pre-existing mental health conditions.

Pharmacists have adapted and adopted new professional roles to contribute to the COVID-19 response at a rapid pace, on top of pre-existing professional pressures and alongside the same psychological stressors experienced by the general public. It is essential to understand the psychological sequelae of healthcare provision during a pandemic to inform the development of tools to enhance resilience and adaptive coping mechanisms.

This cross-institutional project will link pharmacy and psychiatry researchers in a mixed-methods study. Outputs from the project will capture the extent of psychological morbidity on the pharmacy profession from their ongoing professional endeavours, capture the lived experiences of those who worked during the pandemic and allow the repurposing and development of existing and new resources to better prepare the profession for future crises. 

Tenure: 3-4 years


Minimum requirements:

  • Upper second class (2.1) honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject (e.g. pharmacy, psychology, social sciences)

Application process

There is an open rolling registration for this position.

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.