Austyn Snowden

Austyn Snowden

Prof Austyn Snowden



I am chair in mental health at Edinburgh Napier University. I lead the mental health undergraduate programme and also teach on the non medical prescribing course as well as supervising six PhD students. My research interests are varied, but share a theme of studying the impact and effect of really listening to people. I have obtained over £500,000 research income, written/edited three books on medication management and nursing theory, and am lead or sole author of over 60 peer reviewed publications on a range of topics from emotional intelligence to the impact of implementing electronic health records. I try to have weekends off.


Conference Activity

  • Organiser and chair of inaugural Scottish Mental Health Nurse Research Conference, Ayr


External Examining/Validations

  • Undergraduate MH nursing Abertay
  • Post graduate nursing in Dundee University


Invited Speaker

  • The Scottish PROM: a measure of chaplaincy interventions in Scotland
  • Is Understanding an Intervention?
  • Holistic Needs Assessment in Cancer Clinics: preliminary results of RCT


Research Degree External Examining

  • PhD Michelle Beattie Development and testing of the Care Experience Feedback Improvement Tool (CEFIT)
  • Doctor of Nursing: Helen Oldknow Why don't mental health nurse prescribers prescribe?
  • MRes Lynne Carmichael: What are the barriers to dying at home in Ayrshire?
  • Prof Doc, Karen Roome: A grounded theory of Arnstein’s ladder of participation
  • PhD Aisha Abdul Razak: Enhancing Teaching and Learning using Digital Games-Based Learning (DGBL) Within the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE): An Exploratory Study
  • PhD Jane Ross: Exploration of mental health nurse prescribing


Visiting Positions

  • Visiting Professor Leuven University, Belgium & lead researcher in ERICH


Current Post Grad projects

Non-Napier PhD or MSc by Research supervisions

  • Barbara Sharp: Stress as experienced by people with dementia
  • Helen Walker: Psychosocial Interventions in Forensic Care
  • Res: Brian Johnston. A european study of Nursing in families
  • MRes Lorna Bruce: Dancing not wrestling, and exploration of Concordance in Mental Health
  • MRes: Eileen Salmon. Service User involvement in Student Assessment
  • Lorna Reid: Institutional Ethnography of Care Homes in Scotland
  • Deirdre Wild: Gulf War Reservists and Mental health