Professor Roger Watson-

Professor Roger Watson

Professor of Nursing

Faculty of Health Sciences

01482 464625

Working in the care of older people, Professor Watson has a special interest in the feeding and nutritional problems of older people with dementia.

He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Advanced Nursing and a frequent visitor to China and Australia where he has visiting positions.

Professor Watson was a member of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework sub-panel in Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy.


Research Interests

  • Feeding difficulty in older people with dementia

  • Nursing workforce development

  • Instrument development

  • Systematic reviews


Watson R, Palese A, Zuttion R, Ferrario B, Ponta S, Hayter M (2017), 'Identifying Longitudinal Sustainable Hierarchies in Activities of Daily Living', Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 71, 122-128

Gkantaras I, Mahfoud ZR, Foreman B, Thompson DR, Cannaby AM, Deshpande D., Watson R, Topping A, Gray R (2016), 'The Effect of Nurse GraduaTeness on Patient Mortality: a Cross-Sectional Survey (the NuGaT Study)', Journal of Advanced Nursing, doi:10.1111/jan.13059

Stewart ME, Allison, C, Baron-Cohen S, Watson R (2015), 'Investigating the Structure of the Autism-Spectrum Quotient Using Mokken Scaling', Psychological Assessment, 72, 596-604

Watson R, Thompson DR, Wang W (2014), 'Violations of Local Stochastic Independence Exaggerate Scalability in Mokken Scaling Analysis of the Chinese Mandarin SF-36', Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 12, 149

Deary IJ, Watson R, Booth T, Gale CR (2013), 'Does Cognitive Ability Influence Responses to the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-Being Scale?', Psychological Assessment, 25, 313-318

Full list 


Modules list

  • Quantitative Methods

Research PhDs

I welcome applocations in the nutritional care of older people with dementia, instrument development and testing (psychometrics) and nursing workforce issues.

Completed PhDs  

Graeme Smith PhD (1997), Counselling in Inflammatory Bowel Disease, (University of Edinburgh) (NHS funded)

Elaine Haycock-Stuart PhD (1999), Sense and Susceptibility: How Mothers View Accidental Injury Risk And Develop Safety Strategies For Pre-School Children, (second supervisor; University of Edinburgh) (NHS funded)

Ros Derham MPhil (2001), Pain Management for Elderly Patients Following Hip Fracture, (University of Edinburgh) (NHS funded)

Katrina Banningan PhD (2003), Evidence-Based Practice in Occupational Therapy, (University of Hull) (NHS funded)

Prathana Langkarpint PhD (2005), The Development of Advanced Practice Nursing in Thailand: Passage and Process, (University of Hull) (Funded by Payap University, Thailand)

Hayley Dugdall MPhil (2005), An Investigation of Qualified Nurses’ Attitudes Surrounding the Use of Evidence When Selecting Wound Care Procedures, (University of Hull) (NHS funded)

Mohammed Ali Alghamdi PhD (2007), Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Hospital of Senior and Middle Management Towards Health Care Quality Programmes in Eastern Saudi Arabia, (University of Hull) (Saudi Arabian government funded)

Wendy Barker PhD (2008), Enhancing Independence and the Quality of Life of Older People Through Intermediate Care - a Mixed Methods Evaluation, (NHS funded)

Cristina Oroviogoicoechea PhD (2008), A Realistic Evaluation of the Impact of a Computerised Information System an Clinical Practice: The Nurses’ Perspective, (University of Sheffield) (Funded by Clinica Universitaria de Navarra, Spain)

Clare Whitfield PhD (2009), Moving Home: An Exploration into the Experiences of Older People Returning Home from Hospital, (University of Hull) (self-funded)

Silvia Corchón PhD (2009), The Development, Implementation and Evaluation of a Strategy to Enhance Nursing Research in Clinical Nursing: A Realistic Evaluation Study, (University of Sheffield) (Funded by Clinica Universitaria de Navarra, Spain)

Samantha Debbage PhD (2009), Do Integrated Care Pathways Improve Patient Outcome?, (University of Sheffield) (NHS and self-funding)

Ana Carvajal PhD (2010), A Spanish Version of the Edmundson Symptom Assessment Scale: Translation, Cultural Adaptation and Validation Studies in Advanced Cancer Patients, (University of Sheffield) (University of Navarra funded)

Samira Al Senany PhD (2010), An Exploration of the Attitudes, Knowledge, Willingness and Future Intentions to Work with Older People among Saudi Nursing Students in Baccalaureate Nursing Schools in Saudi Arabia, (University of Sheffield) (Saudi government funded)

Azam Torabi PhD (2011), The Development and Course of Heart Failure after a Myocardial Infarction, (University of Hull) (NHS funded)

Mahmoud Taher Al Kalaldeh PhD (2011), Enteral Nutrition in the Critically Ill. A Mixed Methods Study of Adherence to Evidence-Based Protocols, Nursing Responsibility and Teamwork, (University of Sheffield) (Funded by Jordanian Government)

Wafaa Al-Johani PhD (2012), The Effects of Teaching Strategies on Saudi Nursing Students’ Critical Thinking and Academic Performance: PBL versus Traditional Teaching, (University of Sheffield) (King Abdullah Scholarship Programme funded)

Rana Al-Awamleh PhD (2012), Pressure Ulcer Prevalence in Critically Ill Patients: a Descriptive Study of the Impact of Nursing Care and Hospitals’ Facilities on Pressure Sore Prevalence in Jordanian Intensive Care Units, (University of Sheffield) (Funded by Jordanian Government)

Mansour Alyami PhD (2013), Leadership Style and Organisational Commitment among Nursing Staff in Saudi Arabia, (University of Sheffield) (Funded by Saudi Ministry of Health)

Yanhua Chen PhD (2015), Developing and Validating a Scale to Study Mentors' Behaviour in Nursing Education, (University of Hull) (Funded by Luzhou Hospital, China)

Tzu-Pei Yeh PhD (2015), The Relationship between Personality and Job Stress, Burnout, Satisfaction and Resilience in Taiwanese Cancer Nurses, (Self-funded)

Current PhD supervisors 

Alvisa Palese, Designing Nursing Intervention Studies Concerning Mealtime Difficulties In Patients With Dementia

Amanda Crundall-Goude, What Impact do Anxiety, Depression, Perceived Control and Technology Capability Have on Whether Patients with Chronic Heart Failure Take Up or Continue to use Home-Tele Monitoring Services?

Amanda Lee, A Case Study of Survival and Presentation of Gastroesophageal Cancer in Local Neighbourhoods

Clare O'Connor, Mental and Emotional wWellbeing in Schools

Helen Sissons, Is Vaccination in Preterm Infants Delayed and if so, Why?

Kampanart Chaychoowong, Delay of Treatment among New Smear-Positive Pulmonary Tuberculosis Patients in a High Burden Area, Thailand

Maria Sciberras, Female Gender Dominance in Nursing; How do State Maltese First Line Nursing Managers Perceive Career Progression Opportunities into Top Leadership Positions?

Salam Rehman, Developing and Testing a Brief Intervention for Feeding Difficulty in Dementia

Professional highlights

External roles

  • Visiting Professor, University of Hong Kong, 2017-present

  • VisIting Professor, University of Maribor, Slovenia, 2016-present

  • Visiting Professor, University of Navarra, Spain, 2016-present

  • Visiting Professor, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China 2016-present

  • Visiting Professor, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, 2016-2019

  • Visiting Professor, Affiliated Hospital of Southwestern Medical University, Luzhou, China 2015-present     

  • Academic Expert, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 2015-2016

  • Conjoint Professor, University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia 2015-present

  • Adjunct Professor of Nursing, University of Western Sydney, Australia 2014-2019

  • Docenti, School of Nursing, University of Genova, Italy 2013-present

  • Visiting Professor, National University of Singapore 2012-2014

  • Honorary Professor, 2nd Hospital of Shandong University, China 2011-present

  • Academic Visitor, National University of Singapore 2011

  • Professor of Nursing, University of Western Sydney, Australia 2011-2014

  • Honorary Professor, The University of Stirling, UK 2010-present

  • Honorary Professor, The University of Queensland, Australia 2010-2011

  • Adjunct Professor of Nursing, University of Western Sydney, Australia 2009-2011

  • Visiting Professor of Nursing, Tzu-Chi Technical College, Hualien, Taiwan 2008-present

  • Honorary Professor of Nursing, Sheffield Hospital Teaching Foundation NHS Trust 2007-2017

  • Honorary Professor of Nursing, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong 2006-2014

  • Visiting Professor of Nursing, Hong Kong Polytechnic University 2006 - 2017

  • Honorary Professor of Nursing, Hull & East Riding Community Health NHS Trust 2002-2004

  • Honorary Professor of Nursing, Hull & East Yorkshire NHS Hospitals Trust 2000-present

  • Nursing Officer, British Forces Middle East (for three months ending 1991) 1990

Awards and accolades

  • Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts Manufactures and Commerce

  • Fellow of the Institute of Biology (until 2009)

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

  • Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing

  • Fellow of the European Academy of Nursing Science

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing

  • Fellow of the Society of Biology

  • Fellow of the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (ad eundum)

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology

  • Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing inductee into International Nursing Researcher Hall of Fame

Professional highlights

Prior to his present role in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Roger was Professor of Nursing at the University of Sheffield.

The Professor is a qualified online teacher and enthusiastic blogger and user of online and distributed teaching methods