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Prof Matt Kiernan


Department: Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Matthew entered academia as a mature student whilst serving in the Royal Navy. Originally qualifying as a RGN in Derby in 1991 he subsequently qualified as a RN (Mental Health) in 2001 with a BSC Med Sci from Sheffield University. He was awarded a PhD from Nottingham University in 2011.

Matthew was the Head of Mental Health Nursing in the Royal Navy, the Specialist Nurse Advisor for Mental Health (Royal Navy) and the Defence Specialist Nurse Advisor (Mental Health) prior to taking up his appointment as a Senior Research Fellow at the Academic Department for Defence Nursing.

Whilst in the Royal Navy Matthew’s research focus was care delivery and the psychological effects of basic training on the individual. Matthew retired from the Royal Navy on Health grounds due to injuries he sustained as a result of operational service. Since arriving at Northumbria he has been committed to developing The Northern Hub for Veterans and Military Families' Research. Matthew is currently leading a range of research projects which focus veterans and military families. Further details can be found here.

Matthew is currently an Independent Advisory Panel Member for the British Army Infantry Training Centre, the Chair of the EMDR UK and Ireland Scientific and Research Committee, and an Associate Editor for the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research.

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Room B106
Coach Lane Campus West
Newcastle upon Tyne

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Eye movement desensitization reprocessing as a treatment for PTSD in conflict-affected areas, Scott-Bell, A., Allen, G., Howatson, G., Kiernan, M., Wippich, A., Farrell, D. 19 Jan 2023, In: Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy
  • Investigating the Moral Challenges Experienced by UK Service Police Veterans, Allen, S., Oxburgh, G., Kiernan, M. 24 Jan 2023, In: Journal of Veteran Studies
  • A protocol for developing a complex needs indicator for veterans (CNIV) in the UK, Fadeeva, A., Tiwari, A., Mann, E., Kiernan, M. 1 Dec 2022, In: Public Health in Practice
  • A Stage 1 Pilot Cohort Exploring the Use of EMDR Therapy as a Videoconference Psychotherapy During COVID-19 With Frontline Mental Health Workers: A Proof of Concept Study Utilising a Virtual Blind 2 Therapist Protocol, Farrell, D., Fadeeva, A., Zat, Z., Knibbs, L., Miller, P., Barron, I., Matthess, H., Matthess, C., Gazit, N., Kiernan, M. 6 Jul 2022, In: Frontiers in Psychology
  • Bereaved military families: Relationships and identity, McGill, G., Mann, E., Moreland, M., Osborne, A., Kiernan, M., Wilson-Menzfeld, G. 22 Dec 2022, In: Journal of Loss and Trauma
  • Bereaved UK military families: A mixed methods study on the provision of practical and emotional support, Fadeeva, A., Mann, E., McGill, G., Wilson-Menzfeld, G., Moreland, M., Melling, A., Kiernan, M. 28 Jun 2022, In: Death Studies
  • Developing an Integrated Model of Care for Veterans with Alcohol Problems, Osborne, A., McGill, G., Greaves, P., Kiernan, M. 18 Feb 2022, In: International Journal of Integrated Care
  • Exploring the Role of Social Connection in Interventions With Military Veterans Diagnosed With Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: Systematic Narrative Review: Systematic narrative review, Gettings, R., Kirtley, J., Wilson-Menzfeld, G., Oxburgh, G., Farrell, D., Kiernan, M. 8 Jul 2022, In: Frontiers in Psychology
  • ‘Knock on the Door’ – Exploration of Casualty Notification and the Long-Term Impact on Military Families in the UK, McGill, G., Wilson-Menzfeld, G., Moreland, M., Kiernan, M. 18 Aug 2022, In: Journal of Loss and Trauma

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Organising a conference, workshop, ...: Forces in Mind Trust Research Centre Conference 2023
  • Invited talk: Reducing the risk of suicide for those in the care system 2023
  • Membership of board: Office for Veteran Affairs (Cabinet Office) (External organisation) 2022
  • Invited talk: One is too ManyVeteran Suicide: Understand-Identify-Prevent 2022
  • Invited talk: Presentation on the function of the Map of Need Project to the Veterans Advisory Board, Cabinet Office, UK Government 2022
  • Invited talk: The Map of Need: An observatory of the UK veteran population 2021
  • Invited talk: The Map of Need: a public observatory for the veterans sector 2020
  • Invited talk: Delivering a Map of Need of the UK Veteran's Population 2019
  • Visiting an external academic institution: Royal Hospital Chelsea 2019
  • Participating in a conference, workshop, ...: STRATEGY FOR OUR VETERANS UK GOVERNMENT CONSULTATION EVENT INVITATION 2019

  • James Durbin Start Date: 01/03/2023 End Date: 01/03/2023
  • Mark Sewart Understanding the Experiences of Military Families Start Date: 03/10/2022
  • Rene Harrison Presenting the self-concept amongst former members of the British Army Start Date: 23/09/2022
  • Christina Dodds Military Women; Our Stories; A narrative analysis of women who have served in the British Armed Forces Start Date: 23/09/2022
  • Colin Gordon Understanding Veteran Beneficiary Dis-engagement as a Tool for Case Work Practice. Start Date: 22/09/2022
  • Melanie Fisher An exploration into student nurses' perception of patient safety and experience of raising concerns Start Date: 02/08/2017 End Date: 01/06/2018
  • Robert Hotchkiss Assessing the efficacy of Life Design Counselling on Homeless Veterans in the United Kingdom Start Date: 01/03/2021 End Date: 25/01/2022
  • Trevor Wynter An Exploration of Students’ Learning Journey Experiences. Do They Illustrate Personal Characteristics That Influence Progression Through Their Physiotherapy Degree Programme? Start Date: 22/10/2013 End Date: 24/08/2017
  • Trevor Wynter An Exploration of Students’ Learning Journey Experiences. Do They Illustrate Personal Characteristics That Influence Progression Through Their Physiotherapy Degree Programme? Start Date: 22/10/2013 End Date: 24/08/2017

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