Catherine Mahoney

Catherine Mahoney

Dr Catherine Mahoney BSc (Hons), PGCE, DipHE RAN, PgCert, PhD, SFHEA



Dr Catherine Mahoney is Lecturer and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) at Edinburgh Napier University with sixteen years’ experience of academia, education and partnership working. Prior to joining Edinburgh Napier University, Catherine was a senior leader and educationalist in the NHS working in complex and strategic roles and recognised as an effective champion for organisational and cultural change. Within the School of Health and Social Care Catherine is a member of the Population and Public Health theme in the School of Health and Social Care at Edinburgh Napier University. Catherine completed the Aurora Leadership Foundation training for women in Higher Education in 2016; she currently leads on Staff Development in the School and has been appointed Athena Swan Champion. Catherine has expertise in curriculum development, she led the development of the Bachelor and Masters of Nursing Programmes 2016 and was a member of the Steering Group for the development of the Allied Health Professional Programmes. Catherine’s research focuses on investigating the health of the nursing workforce and exploring pedagogical approaches to embedding health, wellbeing and research into health and social care education. Catherine leads the Health and Wellbeing strand of the Nurses Lives Research Programme and has successfully secured recent research funding to investigate the application of new technology to track health related data to determine the resilience and health status of the nursing workforce. In conducting this research Catherine is also exploring the pedagogical impact of engaging students in research to enhance their understanding and engagement with the research process. Catherine has gained National recognition for her pedagogical approaches to ‘demystifying research’ for health and social care students and staff. Catherine was awarded funding from the Economic and Social Research Council to facilitate public engagement events as part of the Festival of Social Sciences 2017. These events promoted authentic learning through drama; six student nurses performed a real life story which has been transformed into a module case study for national and international health and social care students. Catherine was awarded SEDA Accreditation for Postgraduate Degree Supervision; to date she has supervised to completion 40 Masters Dissertation students (2009-present) (a significant number achieving distinction, presenting at conference and progressing onto PhD), plus 1 PhD completion. She has examined 1 MRES student and is currently supervising 2 PhD students and 1 Masters Dissertation.



Fellowships and Awards

  • Senior Teaching Fellow
  • Aurora Leadership Foundation
  • Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA)
  • First Prize Postgraduate Research Conference - Best Oral Presentation


Invited Speaker

  • Curriculum Development 2016 Bachelor of Nursing


Membership of Professional Body

  • Member British Associate of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
  • Registered Adult Nurse
  • Member of Royal College of Nursing
  • Department for Education Fully Qualified Teacher



  • Reviewer for HEA National Award Schemes
  • ENRoute Mentor
  • Academic Reviewer for Journal of Advanced Nursing


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