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Dr Maria Dauvermann

Dr Maria Dauvermann

Dr Maria Dauvermann
University of Birmingham
Who is your scientific inspiration and why?

My research focusses on the identification of risk and resilience markers in young people who are at high risk of developing neurodevelopmental and mental health conditions, including psychosis. I am also interested in the characterisation of biopsychosocial prognostic markers of clinical and functional outcome. I use cognitive neuroscientific and interdisciplinary methods to integrate neurobiological, psychological and psychosocial factors to better understand how youth vulnerability can influence and be influenced by neurodevelopmental and mental health conditions. Increasing insight into these complex mechanisms is crucial for optimised identification of the onset of mental health conditions in vulnerable young people.

My overall goal is to gain a better understanding of the integrative role of neurobiological, psychological and environmental factors in forming young peoples’ development, and to contribute to designing intervention and prevention programmes and policies.

In three words or phrases how would you describe your supervision style?
  • Situational leadership style
  • Coaching style
  • Supportive
In one or two sentences please describe your strategies regarding the following.
Provision of training:

At the beginning of the PhD, I will provide more direction and coaching for your training. In later stages of the PhD, my role will be more supportive and delegating. Training will also be guided by research staff in the group and the wider research community.

Progression monitoring and management:

Further on during the PhD, I am available for advice, guidance and support. This applies to all aspects of the PhD project, career development and future plans.


I am happy to discuss issues that are impacting you as an individual and your ability to fulfil your potential. I may not always be the most appropriate person dependent on the issue but I will do my best to ensure I am approachable and ensure you receive the correct care and attention.

How often do your PhD students see you in a timetabled group meeting?

At least once per week

In year 1 of PhD study, how often do your PhD students have a scheduled >30 minute 1:1 meeting with you?

At least once per week

In year 2 of PhD study, how often do your PhD students have a scheduled >30 minute 1:1 meeting with you?

At least once per fortnight

In year 3 of PhD study, how often do your PhD students have a scheduled >30 minute 1:1 meeting with you?

At least once per month

What form do your 1:1 meetings with PhD students take?

Face to face (if allowed under current health and safety advice)

Open door policy?

Yes, I am usually contactable for an instant response (if required) on every working day.

My expectation of PhD student working patterns?

The timing of work in my lab is completely flexible, and (other than attending pre-arranged meetings), I expect students to manage their own time.

Notice for feedback (e.g. on reports, manuscript drafts, thesis chapters)?

I need at least 1 week’s notice to provide feedback on written work of up to 5000 words.