Faculty of Health and Social Care

Judith Dyson

RGN, RMN, BSc(hons), MSc, PhD, PGCHE

Judith Dyson

Senior Lecturer in Mental Health, Head of Department Psychological Health and Wellbeing (acting)

Faculty of Health and Social Care

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Judith has been a general qualified nurse since 1984 and a mental health nurse since 1990. She completed a master’s in public health in 2006 and a PhD in 2010. Judith’s clinical work has mainly been in the fields of Liaison Psychiatry and Primary Care/Public Health.

Judith’s interests include behavioural psychology, the implementation of evidence based practice, using psychological theory to change behaviour, public health, health policy and mental health. Her PhD involved using psychological theory to investigate the barriers and levers to the implementation of evidence based practice. She has disseminated results of this programme of research at a large number of national and international conferences. One of the main outcomes of this research was a validated and reliable instrument that assesses the barriers and levers to hand hygiene practice and allows the accurate tailoring of theoretically based implementation strategies to address these. A test of this approach on a group of junior doctors in a hospital setting demonstrated that this has potential for significantly improving practice. 

Judith is currently the acting Head of Department Psychological Health and Wellbeing, chairperson of the FHSC REC, member of the Wellbeing in Long term conditions Research Development Group, co-lead of the Research Fast track Staff Development programme (including a coach for staff members), member of the University Ethics Committee, is an Adjunct Professor at Memorial University Newfoundland, a member of the RCN ethics committee, is an Academic Fellow of the Improvement Academy (YHAHSN) where she coaches and supports practitioners in using psychological theory to support Implementation Behaviour.  Judith is an associate editor for the Journal of Infection Prevention and is a reviewer for the American Journal of Infection Control, BMJ Quality and Safety, Implementation Science and the Journal of Advanced Nursing. 


Judith is module leader for “Women and Mental Health” (L6 and L7 various pathways), “Safe and Competent MH Nursing” (L6 pre-registration dissertation module) and a key team member in: Values Based MH Nursing (L4 pre-registration nursing), The Craft of MH Nursing 1 (L5 BSc Nursing – MH field specific), The Craft of MH Nursing 2 (L5 pre-registration nursing), MRes Qualitative Methods (L7) among other modules.  I am the personal supervisor/personal supervision group leader for two groups currently.  She offers academic supervision on a range of pre and post registration modules.  Judith is a fellow of the HEA.

Postgraduate supervision:

·         Tzu-Pei Yeh, The Relationship between Personality and Job Stress, Burnout, Satisfaction and Resilience in Taiwanese Cancer Nurses. 2011 to 2015.

·         Sam Chegwin, Compulsions and repetitive trains in autism: theoretical revision and practical application.  Completion date 2016.

·         Tim Büscher, The impact of Hoarding on Families, Funded by University of Hull Scholarship completion date 2016

·         Clare O’Connor, Mental Health Promotion in Schools, Funded by University of Hull Scholarship end date September completion date 2016.

·         Kate Steabler, Examining the impact of school based mental health promotion interventions on both children and teaching staff’s psychological wellbeing, funded by a University of Hull Scholarship, completion date 2018. 

·         Nicky Credland, Using Psychological Theory to support the implementation of NEWS completion date 2020.

·         Kirsty Fishburn, Supporting the needs of people with Borderline Personality Disorder, Completion date 2020.


Current projects:

Health Foundation: Computer Aided Risk Score, Health Foundation.  Lead for the qualitative component. 

Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Research and Health Care for Yorkshire and Humber,  Investigating the needs of health care practitioners in the using Psychological/Behaviour Change Theory to support Implementation for Patient Safety.  Project Lead. 

Clinician led award, Infection Prevention Society, Employing a real-time electronic monitoring system and interventions to improve health care worker hand hygiene compliances. 

Systematic Review of the effectiveness of Community Pharmacist led interventions.

Cochrane Review Psychological and Educational Interventions for Atopic Eczema in Adults.

Translation of the MOLES Index to Italian

Key Publications

  • Dyson, J (2014), (Editorial) Hand Hygiene and Human Factors, Journal of Infection Prevention, 16:143-144
  • Bennett, L., Dyson, J. (2014), Deliberate Self-Harm among Adults in Prisons, Mental Health Practice, 18(1). 
  • Cowdell, F., Dyson J., (2014), A novel Intervention for Skin Cancer Prevention, Dermatological Nursing 13(3).
  • Dyson, J., Cowdell, F., (2014). Development and psychometric testing of the ‘Motivation and Self-Efficacy in Early Detection of Skin Lesions’ Index Journal of Advanced Nursing (impact factor 1.527).
  • Büscher, T.P., Dyson, J., Cowdell, F., (2013). The effects of hoarding disorder on families: an integrative review. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing (impact factor 0.795)  Jul 21. doi: 10.1111/jpm.12098.
  • Dyson, J., Lawton, R., Jackson, C., & Cheater, F. (2013). Development of a theory-based instrument to identify barriers and levers to best hand hygiene practice among healthcare practitioners. Implementation Science, (impact factor 2.31) 8, 111
  • Dyson, J., Lawton, R., Jackson, C., 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).  


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