Roger Watson (academic)

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Roger Watson
Professor Watson.jpg
Born (1955-11-20) 20 November 1955 (age 66)
Aberdeen, Scotland, UK
Known forResearch on Nursing and Mokken scales
Spouse(s)Deborah Watson[1]
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of Edinburgh
University of Sheffield
St George's Hospital
Doctoral advisorMike Fowler
Academic work
InstitutionsUniversity of Hull

Roger Watson (born 20 November 1955) is a British academic. He is currently Academic Dean in the School of Nursing, Southwest Medical University, China and until 2022 was the Professor of Nursing at the University of Hull.[2] He is the editor-in-chief of Nurse Education in Practice and an Editorial Board Member of the WikiJournal of Medicine.[3][4] Watson was the Founding Chair of the Lancet Commission on Nursing, and a founding member of the Global Advisory Group for the Future of Nursing.[5][6] Watson was elected Vice President of the National Conference of University Professors in 2020 and became President in 2022 until 2024.[7]


Watson is a Registered Nurse (St George's Hospital London), holds a BSc in biological sciences from the University of Edinburgh, and a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Sheffield.

Professional life[edit]

Watson's clinical area is gerontological nursing with a special interest in mealtime and nutritional difficulties of older people with dementia. His research into the alleviation of mealtime difficulty in people with dementia led to the development of the "Edinburgh Feeding Evaluation in Dementia Scale".[8] Watson is a proponent of the application of Mokken scaling in nursing research and has also contributed to the understanding of the general application of Mokken scaling and the influence of sample size on Mokken scaling parameters.[9][10][11][12] Watson contributed regularly to The Conversation and continues to contribute regularly to The Salisbury Review.

Watson has visiting positions in Slovenia, Australia, Hong Kong, Ireland and Italy.[13][14][15][16][17] He served as a member of the sub-panel for Nursing and Midwifery in the UK Research Assessment Exercise in 2008, and in 2014 on the sub-panel for Dentistry, Allied Health Professions, Nursing and Pharmacy in the UK Research Excellence Framework.[18][19]

Previously, he was the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Clinical Nursing, the Journal of Advanced Nursing and the editor of Nursing Open.

Awards and recognition[edit]

Watson is a fellow of the Royal College of Nursing (2009),[20] the American Academy of Nursing (2007),[21] the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (2014),[1] a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2007), a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery ad eundem (2009) and the National Conference of University Professors (2018).[22] Watson is a Member of the Academia Europaea (2019).[23] Watson was formerly a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (2001-2019; formerly the Institute of Biology),[1] and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (2001-2019). In 2021 Watson was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Maribor, Slovenia.[24]

Watson delivered the Winifred Raphael Memorial Lecture in 2001.[25] In 2017 Watson was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame.[26] That year, Watson also delivered the annual Elsie Stephenson Memorial Lecture at The University of Edinburgh.[27] Following military service as a Captain Royal Army Medical Corps(v) in the First Gulf War with 205 Scottish General Hospital RAMC(v) (now 205 Field Hospital[28]) Watson was awarded the Gulf Medal, the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) and the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait).[1]

Personal life[edit]

Born to Margaret McCabe and William Morrison Watson[1] Watson is a former pupil of Banchory Academy. Watson is a haiku poet and a member of both the British Haiku Society and the Haiku Society of America with entries in the Living Haiku Anthology, the Living Senryu Anthology and The Haiku Foundation's Haiku Registry.[29][30][31] In 2018, 2019 and 2020, he was selected as one of the European Top 100 most creative haiku authors.[32][33][34][35][36] He is married to Deborah Watson (née Yould) and they have eight children and nine grandchildren.[1]


Watson has over 600 publications listed on Web of Science that have been cited more than 5000 times, giving him an h-index of 39. His three most-cited articles are:[37]

  • Watson, R; Stimpson, A; Topping, A; Porock, D (2002). "Clinical competence assessment in nursing: a systematic review of the literature". Journal of Advanced Nursing. 39 (5): 421–431. doi:10.1046/j.1365-2648.2002.02307.x. PMID 12175351.
  • Deary, IJ; Watson, R; Hogston, R (2003). "A longitudinal cohort study of burnout and attrition in nursing students". Journal of Advanced Nursing. 43 (1): 71–81. doi:10.1046/j.1365-2648.2003.02674.x. PMID 12801398.
  • Watson, R; Stimpson, A; Hostick, T (2004). "Prison health care: a review of the literature". International Journal of Nursing Studies. 41 (2): 119–128. doi:10.1016/S0020-7489(03)00128-7. PMID 14725776.


  1. ^ a b c d e f Kelly, J., ed. (2018). The Catholic Who's Who. Manchester, United Kingdom: Universe Media Group.
  2. ^ "University of Hull". University of Hull. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Nurse Education in Practice". Elsevier. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  4. ^ "Editors". Wikijournal of Medicine. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  5. ^ Dean, E. (2014). "Lancet Commission". Nursing Standard. 28 (21): 10. doi:10.7748/ns2014. PMID 24446596.
  6. ^ "Global Panelists". GAPFON. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Council Members". National Conference of University Professors. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  8. ^ Liu, W., Watson, R., & Lou, F. L. (2014). "The Edinburgh Feeding Evaluation in Dementia scale (EdFED): cross‐cultural validation of the simplified Chinese version in mainland China". Journal of Clinical Nursing. 23 (1–2): 45–53. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2702.2012.04250.x. PMID 23387397.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  9. ^ Watson, Roger; Van Der Ark, L Andries; Lin, Li-Chan; Fieo, Robert; Deary, Ian J; Meijer, Rob R (2012). "Item response theory: How Mokken scaling can be used in clinical practice". Journal of Clinical Nursing. 21 (19pt20): 2736–2746. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2702.2011.03893.x. PMID 21883577.
  10. ^ Watson, Roger; Wang, Wenru; Thompson, David R (29 October 2014). "Violations of local stochastic independence exaggerate scalability in Mokken scaling analysis of the Chinese Mandarin SF-36". Health and Quality of Life Outcomes. 12 (1): 149. doi:10.1186/s12955-014-0149-5. ISSN 1477-7525. PMC 4220047. PMID 25358430.
  11. ^ Watson, Roger; Wang, Wenru; Thompson, David R.; Meijer, Rob R. (August 2014). "Investigating invariant item ordering in the Mental Health Inventory: An illustration of the use of different methods" (PDF). Personality and Individual Differences. 66: 74–78. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2014.03.017. ISSN 0191-8869.
  12. ^ Watson, Roger; Egberink, Iris J. L.; Kirke, Lisa; Tendeiro, Jorge N.; Doyle, Frank (2018). "What are the minimal sample size requirements for Mokken scaling? An empirical example with the Warwick- Edinburgh Mental Well-Being Scale". Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine. 6: 203–213. doi:10.1080/21642850.2018.1505520.
  13. ^ "Roger Watson". University of Maribor. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  14. ^ "University of Technology Sydney". University of Technology Sydney. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  15. ^ "Honorary Faculty". University of Hong Kong. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  16. ^ "World Expert in Dementia Care Appointed Adjunct Professor at NUI Galway". National University of Ireland. Retrieved 18 January 2021.
  17. ^ "Doctoral Seminar". University of Genoa. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  18. ^ "Main Panel C" (PDF). 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  19. ^ "Sub-Panel 3" (PDF). 2014 Research Excellence Framework. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  20. ^ "RCN Fellowship and Honorary Fellowship Roll of Honour". Royal College of Nursing. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  21. ^ "Roger Watson - Profile". Main Site. American Academy of Nursing. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  22. ^ "Stuck in a moment". 7 June 2018.
  23. ^ "Roger Watson". Academia Europaea. 10 July 2019.
  24. ^ "Congratulations on the awarded honorary title of "Honorary Doctor" of the University of Maribor". Main Site. University of Maribor. Retrieved 29 September 2021.
  25. ^ "Previous Winifred Raphael Memorial Lectures". Royal College of Nursing. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  26. ^ "STTI Announces 2017 Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame Inductees". Sigma Theta Tau. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  27. ^ "Tap nurses' potential for better healthcare". 9 November 2016. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  28. ^ "205 Field Hospital".
  29. ^ "Watson, Roger". The Living Haiku Anthology. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  30. ^ "Watson, Roger". The Living Senryu Anthology. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  31. ^ "Roger Watson". Poet Profiles. The Haiku Foundation. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  32. ^ "Haiku Euro Top: The European Top 100 haiku authors in 2018". 2018.
  33. ^ "The European Top 100 haiku authors in 2018". 2020.
  34. ^ "Haiku Euro Top: The European Top 100 haiku authors in 2019". 2019.
  35. ^ "Haiku Euro Top: The European Top 100 haiku authors in 2020". 2020.
  36. ^ "The European Top 100 haiku authors in 2018". 2020.
  37. ^ "Roger Watson". Publons. Clarivate Analytics. Retrieved 25 August 2019.

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