The aim of my PhD is to explore the value of remote measurement technologies (i.e., behavioral data collected via smartphones and wearables) in meaningfully subtyping major depressive disorder.
After graduating with my MSc from King’s College London, I had the opportunity to work as a research assistant in the department of Psychological Medicine on the RADAR-CNS study. A large-scale multicentre observational cohort study exploring the use of wearables and smartphones in depressive relapse prediction. After working as a research assistant on the project for over a year, I knew if I were to do a PhD it would ideally be in this lab, on this project, with these people. So when the opportunity presented itself, with the MRC DTP, to apply for such a role I took the plunge and applied.
I enjoy being a part of the MRC DTP because of the community feeling that comes with it. Despite everyone working on vastly different projects and being spread across many departments the social committee really makes an effort to connect everyone. This helps you feel less alone and like you are a part of a wider year, going through the PhD journey together.