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Professor Roger Watson


Professor Roger Watson PhD RN FIBiol FRCN FAAN is a biology graduate of The University of Edinburgh, UK. Following a PhD in biochemistry from The University of Sheffield, UK he entered nursing and qualified in 1984 after studying at St George’s Hospital, London, UK. He worked in Scotland with older people and then entered academic nursing at The University of Edinburgh in 1989. His first chair was in Ireland in 1998 where he became the first Professor of Nursing in Ireland at Dublin City University. He returned to the UK in 1999 to the Chair in Nursing at The University of Hull and, in 2005, the Chair in Nursing at The University of Sheffield. Since 2003 he has been Editor of the Journal of Clinical Nursing (now Editor-in-Chief). In 2007 Professor Watson became the first European nurse elected Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and in 2009 was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Nursing in the UK and in 2010 a Fellowship of the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

Professor Watson is best known for the development of the Edinburgh Feeding Evaluation in Dementia scale which is now used in several countries, including the USA and Taiwan. His research interests are wide and he has also researched the areas of caring in nursing and work and study related stress in nurses and nursing students. He is well published in refereed journals and has several textbooks on science in nursing, accountability and research methods.

Professor Watson is a frequent visitor to China and Australia where he has visiting chairs.

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