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Dr Matt Kiernan

Associate Professor

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


Philosophy PhD November 01 2003

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • 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
  • Ageing, limb-loss, and military veterans, 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, Dodds, C., Kiernan, M. 1 Oct 2019, In: Illness Crisis and Loss
  • Student nurses' lived experience of patient safety and raising concerns, Fisher, M., Kiernan, M. 1 Jun 2019, In: Nurse Education Today
  • Understanding Unique Factors of Social Isolation and Loneliness of Military Veterans, Wilson, G., Leslie, C., McGill, G., Kiernan, M. Aug 2019
  • Utilisation of the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant in NHS Trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups across England, McGill, G., Wilson, G., Hill, M., Kiernan, M. Jan 2019, In: BMJ Open
  • Are veterans different? Understanding veterans’ help seeking behaviour for alcohol problems, Kiernan, M., Osborne, A., McGill, G., Greaves, J., Wilson, G., Hill, M. Sep 2018, In: Health & Social Care in the Community
  • Framework Analysis: A whole paradigm approach, Kiernan, M., Hill, M. 13 Aug 2018, In: Qualitative Research Journal
  • Loneliness and social isolation of military veterans, Wilson, G., Hill, M., Kiernan, M. Dec 2018, In: Occupational Medicine

PGR Supervision

  • Mark Sewart Understanding the Experiences of Military Families Start: 01/10/2015
  • Melanie Fisher An exploration into student nurses' perception of patient safety and experience of raising concerns Start: 02/08/2017
  • Trevor Wynter An Exploration of Students’ Learning Journey Experiences. Do They Illustrate Personal Characteristics That Influence Progression Through Their Physiotherapy Degree Programme? Start: 22/10/2013
  • Trevor Wynter An Exploration of Students’ Learning Journey Experiences. Do They Illustrate Personal Characteristics That Influence Progression Through Their Physiotherapy Degree Programme? Start: 22/10/2013


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