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Dr Judith Dyson

Divisional lead for nursing

School of Health Sciences, Division of Nursing

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MG19, Myddelton Street Building

Postal Address

City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Judith joined City, University of London in July 2019 . She is a general and mental health nurse and a chartered psychologist. She is a research methodologist, passionate about Implementation Science, in particular the psychology of practitioner behaviours. She has worked across a range of fascinating research and clinical improvement projects designing theoretically underpinned interventions to support best practice.

Judth has a degree in Nursing from the University of Hull, a Masters degree in Population Health from the University of York and a PhD in using psychological theory for the implementation of evidence based practice from the University of Leeds.


  1. PhD, University of Leeds, UK, Nov 2007 – Mar 2011
  2. MSc, University of York, United Kingdom, Sep 2005 – Sep 2007
  3. BSc(hons) Nursing, University of Hull, United Kingdom, Sep 1992 – Sep 1995
  4. RMN, York Colleage of Nursing, United Kingdom, Apr 1989 – Sep 1990
  5. RGN, Hull School of Nursing, United Kingdom, Sep 1984 – Sep 1987

Postgraduate training

  1. PGCHE, University of Hull, Hull, United Kingdom, Sep 2012 – Aug 2019


  1. Senior Lecturer Implementation Science, University of Hull, Sep 2017 – Jul 2019
  2. Senior Lecturer Mental Health Nursing, University of Hull, Mar 2015 – Sep 2017
  3. Lecturer Mental Health Nursing, University of Hull, Mar 2011 – Mar 2015
  4. Various clinical and managerial positions, NHS, Sep 1987 – Mar 2011

Memberships of professional organisations

  1. Founding member, Health Foundation “Q”, Sep 2016 – present
  2. CPsychol, British Psychological Society, Sep 2015 – present
  3. Academic Fellow, YH AHSN Improvement Academy, Sep 2013 – present
  4. Infection Prevention Society, Sep 2011 – present
  5. Parts 1 and 3, NMC, Sep 1987 – present
  6. RCN, Sep 1984 – present

Research Students

Nicki Credland

Attendance: Sep 2021

Thesis title: Using Psychological Theory to support the implementation of NEWS

Role: 1st Supervisor

Edwin Chamanga

Attendance: Sep 2021

Thesis title: Recruitment and retention of frontline nursing staff a global challenge

Role: 1st Supervisor

Yvonne Black

Attendance: Sep 2021

Thesis title: Systemic impacts of urban communal gardening on wellbeing

Role: External Supervisor

Clare O'Connor

Attendance: Sep 2019

Thesis title: Mental Health Promotion in Schools

Role: 1st Supervisor

Kate Margarson

Attendance: Sep 2019

Thesis title: Examining the impact of school based mental health promotion interventions on both children and teaching staff’s psychological wellbeing

Role: 1st Supervisor

Florence Reedy

Attendance: Sep 2019

Thesis title: What are the experiences of feminist academic activists attempting to redefine the rules of the game in UK academia?

Role: 1st Supervisor

Chris Westoby

Attendance: Jul 2019

Thesis title: The Fear Talking

Role: 2nd Supervisor

Tim Buescher

Attendance: Dec 2018

Thesis title: Collaborative inquiry into help-seeking in family members of compulsive hoarders through bespoke responsive methodological application

Role: 1st Supervisor

Tzu-Pei Yeh

Thesis title: The Relationship between Personality and Job Stress, Burnout, Satisfaction and Resilience in Taiwanese Cancer Nurses

Role: 2nd Supervisor

Sam Chegwin

Thesis title: Compulsions and repetitive trains in autism: theoretical revision and practical application

Role: 2nd Supervisor

Yetunde Ataiyero

Thesis title: The Barriers and Levers of Hand Hygiene Compliance among Nigerian Healthcare Workers

Role: 1st Supervisor



  1. Dyson, J. (2016). Implementation of Evidence Based Practice. Nursing and Healthcare Research at a Glance John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-1-118-77875-3.

Journal articles (22)

  1. Glover, L., Dyson, J., Cowdell, F. and Kinsey, D. (2020). Healthy ageing in a deprived northern UK city: A co‐creation study. Health & Social Care in the Community, 28(6), pp. 2233–2242. doi:10.1111/hsc.13036.
  2. Cowdell, F., Jadotte, Y.T., Ersser, S.J., Danby, S., Lawton, S., Roberts, A. … Dyson, J. (2020). Hygiene and emollient interventions for maintaining skin integrity in older people in hospital and residential care settings. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2020(1). doi:10.1002/14651858.CD011377.pub2.
  3. Cowdell, F. and Dyson, J. (2019). How is the theoretical domains framework applied to developing health behaviour interventions? A systematic search and narrative synthesis. BMC Public Health, 19(1). doi:10.1186/s12889-019-7442-5.
  4. Wright, C., Hart, S.P., Allgar, V., English, A., Swan, F., Dyson, J. … Crooks, M.G. (2019). A feasibility, randomised controlled trial of a complex breathlessness intervention in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (BREEZE-IPF): study protocol. ERJ Open Research, 5(4), pp. 186–2019. doi:10.1183/23120541.00186-2019.
  5. Bell, J., Reid, M., Dyson, J., Schlosser, A. and Alexander, T. (2019). There’s just huge anxiety: ontological security, moral panic, and the decline in young people’s mental health and well-being in the UK. Qualitative Research in Medicine and Healthcare, 3(2). doi:10.4081/qrmh.2019.8200.
  6. Ersser, S.J., Effah, A., Dyson, J., Kellar, I., Thomas, S., McNichol, E. … Muinonen‐Martin, A.J. (2019). Effectiveness of interventions to support the early detection of skin cancer through skin self‐examination: a systematic review and meta‐analysis. British Journal of Dermatology, 180(6), pp. 1339–1347. doi:10.1111/bjd.17529.
  7. Aleo, G., Bagnasco, A., Watson, R., Dyson, J., Cowdell, F., Catania, G. … Sasso, L. (2019). Comparing questionnaires across cultures: Using Mokken scaling to compare the Italian and English versions of the MOLES index. Nursing Open. doi:10.1002/nop2.297.
  8. Jackson, M., Jones, D., Dyson, J. and Macleod, U. (2019). Facilitated group work for people with long-term conditions: a systematic review of benefits from studies of group-work interventions. British Journal of General Practice, 69(682). doi:10.3399/bjgp19x702233.
  9. Ataiyero, Y., Dyson, J. and Graham, M. (2019). Barriers to hand hygiene practices among health care workers in sub-Saharan African countries: A narrative review. American Journal of Infection Control, 47(5), pp. 565–573. doi:10.1016/j.ajic.2018.09.014.
  10. Dyson, J., Marsh, C., Jackson, N., Richardson, D., Faisal, M., Scally, A.J. … Mohammed, M. (2019). Understanding and applying practitioner and patient views on the implementation of a novel automated Computer-Aided Risk Score (CARS) predicting the risk of death following emergency medical admission to hospital: qualitative study. BMJ Open, 9(4). doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2018-026591.
  11. Faisal, M., Scally, A.J., Jackson, N., Richardson, D., Beatson, K., Howes, R. … Mohammed, M.A. (2018). Development and validation of a novel computer-aided score to predict the risk of in-hospital mortality for acutely ill medical admissions in two acute hospitals using their first electronically recorded blood test results and vital signs: a cross-sectional study. BMJ Open, 8(12). doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2018-022939.
  12. Credland, N., Dyson, J. and Johnson, M.J. (2018). What are the patterns of compliance with Early Warning Track and Trigger Tools: A narrative review. Applied Nursing Research, 44, pp. 39–47. doi:10.1016/j.apnr.2018.09.002.
  13. Cowdell, F., Dyson, J., Long, J. and Macleod, U. (2018). Self-reported skin concerns: An epidemiological study of community-dwelling older people. International Journal of Older People Nursing, 13(3). doi:10.1111/opn.12195.
  14. O'Connor, C.A., Dyson, J., Cowdell, F. and Watson, R. (2018). Do universal school‐based mental health promotion programmes improve the mental health and emotional wellbeing of young people? A literature review. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 27(3-4). doi:10.1111/jocn.14078.
  15. Dyson, J. and Madeo, M. (2017). Investigating the use of an electronic hand hygiene monitoring and prompt device: influence and acceptability. Journal of Infection Prevention, 18(6), pp. 278–287. doi:10.1177/1757177417714045.
  16. Dyson, J. (2015). Hand hygiene and human factors. Journal of Infection Prevention, 16(4), pp. 143–144. doi:10.1177/1757177415592963.
  17. Dyson, J. and Cowdell, F. (2014). Development and psychometric testing of the ‘Motivation and Self-Efficacy in Early Detection of Skin Lesions’ index. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 70(12), pp. 2952–2963. doi:10.1111/jan.12436.
  18. Bennett, L. and Dyson, J. (2014). Deliberate self-harm among adults in prisons. Mental Health Practice, 18(1), pp. 14–20. doi:10.7748/mhp.18.1.14.e931.
  19. Büscher, T.P., Dyson, J. and Cowdell, F. (2014). The effects of hoarding disorder on families: an integrative review. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 21(6), pp. 491–498. doi:10.1111/jpm.12098.
  20. Dyson, J., Lawton, R., Jackson, C. and Cheater, F. (2013). Development of a theory-based instrument to identify barriers and levers to best hand hygiene practice among healthcare practitioners. Implementation Science, 8(1). doi:10.1186/1748-5908-8-111.
  21. Dyson, J. and Cowdell, F. (2013). A novel intervention for skin cancer prevention. Dermatological Nursing, 13(3), pp. 45–49.
  22. Dyson, J., Lawton, R., Jackson, C. and Cheater, F. (2011). Does the use of a theoretical approach tell us more about hand hygiene behaviour? The barriers and levers to hand hygiene. Journal of Infection Prevention, 12(1), pp. 17–24. doi:10.1177/1757177410384300.