Austyn Snowden

Austyn Snowden

Prof Austyn Snowden

Professor

Biography

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.

Esteem

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

  • Is Understanding an Intervention?
  • The Scottish PROM: a measure of chaplaincy interventions in Scotland
  • 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?
  • PhD Aisha Abdul Razak: Enhancing Teaching and Learning using Digital Games-Based Learning (DGBL) Within the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE): An Exploratory Study
  • Prof Doc, Karen Roome: A grounded theory of Arnstein’s ladder of participation
  • PhD Jane Ross: Exploration of mental health nurse prescribing

 

Visiting Positions

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

 

Date


136 results

"Nobody will put Baby in the Corner!" A Qualitative Evaluation of a Physical Activity Intervention to Improve Mental Health

Journal Article
Snowden, A., Westbury, T., & Peddie, N. (in press)
"Nobody will put Baby in the Corner!" A Qualitative Evaluation of a Physical Activity Intervention to Improve Mental Health. Health and Social Care in the Community, https://doi.org/10.1111/hsc.13017
Physical activity is beneficial for mental health, but people with mental health issues are less likely to be physically active than the general population. Socially prescribe...

Meeting Psychosocial Needs to Improve Health: A Prospective Cohort Study

Journal Article
Snowden, A., Young, J., & Savinc, J. (in press)
Meeting Psychosocial Needs to Improve Health: A Prospective Cohort Study. BMC Cancer,
Background Cancer impacts on patients and their families across a range of different domains. For that reason, optimal cancer care has moved away from a disease-centric focus ...

How to synthesise original findings back into the literature when the literature has moved on. An Introduction to Concurrent Analysis

Journal Article
Kelly, L., & Snowden, A. (2020)
How to synthesise original findings back into the literature when the literature has moved on. An Introduction to Concurrent Analysis. Nurse Researcher, 28(2), 32-27. https://doi.org/10.7748/nr.2020.e1710
Background All studies need to integrate their findings back in to the literature to explain how the new knowledge changes understanding. This process can be anxiety provoking...

Undergraduate nursing and midwifery student’s attitudes to mental illness

Journal Article
Hawthorne, A., Fagan, R., Leaver, E., Baxter, J., Logan, P., & Snowden, A. (2020)
Undergraduate nursing and midwifery student’s attitudes to mental illness. Nursing Open, 7(4), 1118-1128. https://doi.org/10.1002/nop2.494
Aim To explore levels of stigma in students of all fields of nursing and midwifery at different years, and examine the impact of exposure to people with mental illness. Desig...

A J-curve of interprofessional change: co-locating non-health partners in an oncology unit

Journal Article
Young, J., & Snowden, A. (2020)
A J-curve of interprofessional change: co-locating non-health partners in an oncology unit. British Journal of Nursing, 29(3),
Background Internationally, clinicians face increased demand, pressure on resources and unmet patient needs. A community social support service was co-located within cancer cl...

The story of the Scottish patient reported outcome measure: an example of innovation, collaboration and education in chaplaincy research

Book Chapter
Snowden, A., & Telfer, I. (2019)
The story of the Scottish patient reported outcome measure: an example of innovation, collaboration and education in chaplaincy research. In E. Kelly, & J. Swinton (Eds.), Chaplaincy and the Soul of Health and Social Care, (187-202). Jessica Kingsley Publishers

The effectiveness of cognitive-behavioural interventions at increasing adherence to physical activity in mental health populations: a systematic review

Journal Article
Snowden, A., Peddie, N., & Westbury, T. (in press)
The effectiveness of cognitive-behavioural interventions at increasing adherence to physical activity in mental health populations: a systematic review. Advances in Mental Health, https://doi.org/10.1080/18387357.2019.1684829
Objective: There is growing global evidence for stark inequalities in the physical health status and life-expectancy of people with a mental health diagnosis. In most cases, p...

Health professionals' lack of knowledge of central venous access devices: the impact on patients

Journal Article
Kelly, L. J., Snowden, A., Paterson, R., & Campbell, K. (2019)
Health professionals' lack of knowledge of central venous access devices: the impact on patients. British Journal of Nursing, 28(14), https://doi.org/10.12968/bjon.2019.28.14.S4
Background The literature on patient experience of living with a central venous access device (CVAD) is growing, but remains sparse. It suggests that patients accept CVADs as...

A qualitative study on the perceived impact of using an integrated community-based supportive cancer service

Journal Article
Young, J., & Snowden, A. (2019)
A qualitative study on the perceived impact of using an integrated community-based supportive cancer service. European Journal of Cancer Care, 28(3), https://doi.org/10.1111/ecc.13001
Objective ‘Improving the Cancer Journey’ (ICJ) is an original, community based, multidisciplinary service offering holistic support to people diagnosed with cancer in Scotland...

What Is the Impact of Chaplaincy in Primary Care? The GP Perspective

Journal Article
Snowden, A., Gibbon, A., & Grant, R. (2019)
What Is the Impact of Chaplaincy in Primary Care? The GP Perspective. Health and Social Care Chaplaincy, 6(2), 200-214. https://doi.org/10.1558/hscc.34709
People often attend primary care with sub-clinical or non-medical issues such as bereavement, distress, or loneliness. Often what is needed is someone to listen, but GP appoin...

Current Post Grad projects

Previous 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
  • Lorna Reid: Institutional Ethnography of Care Homes in Scotland
  • 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
  • Deirdre Wild: Gulf War Reservists and Mental health