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Dr Paul Watson

Assistant Professor

Department: Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Dr Paul Watson is currently Assistant Director of the Northern Hub for Veterans and Military Families Research (Military connected Children and Young People) and Assistant Professor in Nursing (Children and Young People) & Specialist Community Public Health Nursing. 


On leaving the Armed Forces, Paul completed a BSc in Mental Health nursing, specialising in children’s mental health nursing in 2013. Paul then went on to complete a Post Graduate Diploma in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nurse) in 2014. Paul was appointed the school nurse for Catterick Military Garrison. On leaving clinical practice Paul went into higher education. Paul has a growing portfolio of research on the emotional health and wellbeing of Military connected children and young people, PTSD and social isolation and loneliness in the veteran population, military connected suicide, and is an expert in narrative methodologies. Moreover, Dr Watson completed his PhD in 2022, titled: The experiences of being a young carer of a veteran parent with PTSD: A narrative enquiry.  


Paul Watson

As Principle Investigator, Paul has undertaken international research in Denmark looking at the mental well-being of Danish Military Children. This initital work with the Danish military charity SSOP,  generated a 4-year project, which is now underway to explore the impact of SSOP’s interventions on the well-being of military children.

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • One is too Many: A Conceptual Framework for Safety Planning within Service Delivery for Veterans and their Families, Kiernan, M., McGill, G., Watson, P., Farrell, D., Oxburgh, G., Arnfield, J., Rebair, A., Knibbs, L., Allen, S., Gettings, R., Senior, E. 20 Mar 2024
  • Developing a holistic intervention to reduce social isolation and loneliness in Veterans treated for PTSD, Watson, P., Farrell, D. Dec 2023
  • Influencing strategy blog | Dr Paul Watson, Watson, P. Sep 2023
  • Perceptions of social media challenges and benefits during the Covid-19 pandemic: Qualitative findings from a cross sectional international survey, Schoultz, M., Lamph, G., Thygesen, H., Leung, J., Bonsaksen, T., Ruffolo, M., Price, D., Watson, P., Kabelenga, I., Chiu, V., Østertun Geirdal, A. 10 Jan 2023, In: PLOS Global Public Health
  • SSOP Annual Camp 2019 Narrative Evaluation: A critical investigation of the impact of a military veteran parent with mental health issues or PTSD upon childhood biography, Watson, P., Osborne, A. 1 Feb 2020
  • Spotlight on sexual health and education for Military, Veterans and Families, Evans, D., Watson, P. 2015, In: Education and Health

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Other: UKRI Funding Service - review a funding application 2024
  • Oral presentation: Inquiring into the Narratives of Military Young Carers 2024
  • Invited talk: Military Children and Young People's round table (COBSEO) 2024
  • Visiting an external academic institution: University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio 2024
  • Organising a conference, workshop, ...: Op Community Single Point of Contact for Armed Forces Community/Families 2024
  • Oral presentation: Conversation, collaboration and inspiration at the One Is Too Many: Suicide Prevention conference 2023
  • Oral presentation: Understanding the hidden voices of military connected young carers. 2023
  • Oral presentation: Inquiring in to the narratives of young carers of veterans with PTSD 2023
  • Publication Peer-review: Frontiers in Psychology - Psychology for Clinical Settings (Journal) 2023
  • Organising a conference, workshop, ...: One is too Many 2023

Connor Malcolm Exploring the role of social ties for well-being in adolescent children from serving military families Start Date: 01/03/2024

  • Philosophy PhD June 22 2022
  • Nursing BSc (Hons) September 09 2013
  • PgDip Public Health SCPHN - School Nurse 2013

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