PhD opportunity: Social prescribing horticultural therapy for higher functioning autistic adults

Our colleagues at The University of Plymouth’s Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, NIHR PenCLAHRC and Public Health at Cornwall Council have a new MPhil/PhD Studentship available for full-time or part-time study.

The study will focus on whether the social prescribing of horticulture therapy is feasible, acceptable and associated with positive outcomes for higher functioning autistic adults. It will also ask what lessons can be drawn from this about the theory and practice of engaging marginalised groups in health services.


The studentship is based at NIHR PenCLAHRC in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Plymouth and is fully funded for three years from the 1st of October 2019.

Director of Studies: Dr Kerryn Husk, NIHR PenCLAHRC, University of Plymouth

2nd Supervisor:  Dr Richard Sharpe (, Public Health, Cornwall Council

3rd Supervisor: Dr Nick Axford, NIHR PenCLAHRC, University of Plymouth

4th Supervisor: Professor Sheena Asthana, University of Plymouth

For more information on the opportunity and details on how to apply visit the University of Plymouth sudentship page. Reference Number: 19-20-00. For further information please contact Dr Kerryn Husk or Dr Nick Axford

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