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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.

Campus Address

Room B106
Coach Lane Campus West
Newcastle upon Tyne

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Developing an Integrated Model of Care for Veterans with Alcohol Problems, Osborne, A., McGill, G., Greaves, J., Kiernan, M. 11 Oct 2021, In: International Journal of Integrated Care
  • Pathways into Mental Health Services for UK Veterans, Osborne, A., McGill, A., Kiernan, M. Mar 2021
  • The Map of Need: Identifying and predicting the spatial distribution of financial hardship in Scotland’s Veteran Community, Kiernan, M., Rodrigues, M., Mann, E., Stretesky, P., Defeyter, M. 4 Mar 2021, In: BMJ Military Health
  • Housing needs of ageing veterans who have experienced limb loss, Wilson, G., McGill, G., Osborne, A., Kiernan, M. 10 Mar 2020, In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
  • Rehabilitation and transition in military veterans after limb-loss, McGill, G., Wilson, G., Caddick, N., Forster, N., Kiernan, M. 3 Mar 2020, In: Disability and Rehabilitation
  • Social Isolation and Loneliness of UK Veterans: A Delphi Study, Leslie, C., McGill, G., Kiernan, M., Wilson, G. 9 Sep 2020, In: Occupational Medicine
  • The exploration of the dispersal of British military families in England following the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2010, Rodrigues, M., Osborne, A., Johnson, D., Kiernan, M. 8 Sep 2020, In: PLoS One
  • Treating implicit trauma: a quasiexperimental study comparing the EMDR Therapy Standard Protocol with a ‘Blind 2 Therapist’ version within a trauma capacity building project in Northern Iraq, Farrell, D., Kiernan, M., de Jongh, A., Miller, P., Bumke, P., Ahmad, S., Knibbs, L., Mathess, C., Keenan, P., Matthess, H. Dec 2020, In: Journal of International Humanitarian Action
  • Ageing, limb-loss, and military veterans: A systematic review of the literature, Caddick, N., Cullen, H., Clarke, A., Fossey, M., Harrington, B., Hill, M., McGill, G., Greaves, J., Taylor, T., Kiernan, M. 1 Aug 2019, In: Ageing & Society
  • Hidden Veterans: A Review of the Literature on Women Veterans in Contemporary Society, Dodds, C., Kiernan, M. 1 Oct 2019, In: Illness Crisis and Loss

Professional Activity

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • 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
  • Participating in a conference, workshop, ...: Armed Forces Medical Welfare Model stakeholder consultation event 2018
  • Invited talk: The Map of Need Project: Evidence-based findings about the veteran population in the UK 2018
  • Organising a conference, workshop, ...: EMDR Association UK & Ireland Annual Conference 2017 2018
  • Invited talk: EMDR Association UK and Ireland Research Strategy Update and Future Planning 2018
  • Invited talk: ‘Understanding Why Veterans Are Reluctant to Access Help for Alcohol Problems: Research Design and Findings 2017

PGR Supervision

  • 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
  • Colin Gordon Understanding Veteran Beneficiary Dis-engagement as a Tool for Case Work Practice. Start Date: 01/03/2021
  • Robert Hotchkiss Assessing the efficacy of Life Design Counselling on Homeless Veterans in the United Kingdom Start Date: 01/03/2021
  • Rene Harrison Presenting the self-concept amongst former members of the British Army Start Date: 30/10/2018
  • Paul Watson Understanding the lived experience of living with a veteran with PTSD: How caring for a veteran (parent) with PTSD effects the emotional response of a young carer, from the perspective of a young carer and their mother. Start Date: 01/08/2019
  • Christina Dodds Military Women; Our Stories; A narrative analysis of women who have served in the British Armed Forces Start Date: 21/06/2016
  • Mark Sewart Understanding the Experiences of Military Families Start Date: 01/10/2015
  • 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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