Nicol Bergou

1+3 Student

I obtained my BSc in Psychology at the University of West London, before joining King’s College London to complete an MSc in Psychiatric Research. After graduating, I worked for 2 years as a Research Assistant at KCL, working on an online research and resource platform for young people. I enjoyed the multidisciplinary research environment at KCL and life in South East London and decided to do my PhD there. 

I was drawn to the MRC DTP for three main reasons: 1. The wide range of projects on offer, with many aligned to my research interests, 2. The option to do rotations with different departments and diversify my research skillset before choosing a PhD project, and 3. The range of workshops and supplementary fund, allowing me to gain the knowledge and skills I need for my research. 

In my spare time, I produce and host a podcast called PhDeets where my co-hosts and I interview people working in and out of academia about topics relevant to doing a PhD in the UK.  

I am very keen on public engagement work, especially with young people. I have participated in I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here, produced a podcast called Beyond the HYPE in collaboration with young people, delivered podcasting training to local sixth form students, helped organise and run the BRC Youth Awards and Youth Takeover Challenge, and other initiatives. 

Websites

https://phdeets.buzzsprout.com/ 

http://phdeets.com/ 

https://twitter.com/PhDeets_podcast 

Rotations 

  • What impact do pharmacological treatments have on self-harm and suicide in psychosis? A pharmaco-epidemiological study.
  • The effect of Social Media on children and Adolescents: A Randomised controlled Trial (eSMART).
  • Using smartphone-based personal sensing to understand and predict risk of psychotic relapse at the individual level. 

Achievements 

  • Dean’s Medal for best postgraduate taught student at the IoPPN 2017/2018 
  • Sir Robin Murray Prize for best MSc Psychiatric Research student 2017/2018 
  • Prof Shitij Kapur Innovation Prize for innovation in research 
  • Alan Harvey Prize for best BSc Psychology student of the 2014-2017 cohort