The Psychosis Ireland Structured Training and Research Programme (PSI-STAR) is an all-Ireland, cross-disciplinary training and research programme. It is funded through a Health Research Board Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA), a structured doctoral training program leading to the award of a PhD. The PSI-STAR team is made up of a newly established consortium of leading psychosis researchers, experts through lived experience, clinicians, young people and others, all of whom share an interest in changing how we think and respond to people who experience psychosis.

PSI-STAR is made up of five PhD projects, each of which will focus on an issue or experience related to psychosis. Each PhD project will be conducted over four years, starting in October 2022.

PSI-STAR SPHeRE Training Programme
All PSI-STAR PhD scholars will be part of the Structured Population and Health-services Research Education (SPHeRE) programme, Ireland’s national research training programme for population health and health services research. They will also be offered bespoke training related to psychosis.

Public and Patient Involvement (PPI)
The involvement of people with lived experience of psychosis, family members of people with psychosis and organisations with an interest in mental health and psychosis is central to PSI-STAR. This PPI involvement is embedded in all aspects of PSI-STAR. There is a PPI lead for PSI-STAR and each PhD project will have its own PPI partner. This means that each scholar will have the opportunity to work alongside people with lived experience of psychosis as part of their PSI-STAR project team.

For more information about PSI-STAR, check out the video below.