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Area of academic expertise - outline

My nursing career initially began in medical critical care before moving to a dialysis unit. After working as a senior sister for a number of years within the unit I progressed to an academic career.

This has given me experience in teaching across a variety of programmes and levels (critical care, medical nursing and research methodologies).

I have been involved in the support of post graduate research students at masters and PhD level. An SCQF level 11 module in research supervision was completed in 2010 to support this role.

As well as teaching research methodologies for a number of years, I have experience of both qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Examples of methods used include individual face to face interviews, focus groups, questionnaires, surveys and randomized controlled trials. Data analysis experience includes thematic analysis and statistical analysis.  

Current research activities

I am currently undertaking a post-grad research degree on a part time basis (PhD). This is related to the care of people with chronic kidney disease and employs a mixed methods methodology.

The study involves a RCT based on a motivational interviewing intervention. This is being followed up over a six month period and supported by qualiative data.

I have used G*Power 3.1 to calculate the sample size, Microsoft excel and IBM SPSS Statistics v22/23 to analyse the data.

Desired research direction

Future directions of my research will build on current work. This will include inteventions to support long term conditions, multiple comorbidity and behavioural change.

I am keen to support and supervise those who wish to pursue post-graduate research in similar areas. 

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

Chronic Kidney Disease; Acute Kidney Disease; chronic disease; behaviour change; motivational interviewing & brief interventions.


Part-time post graduate student


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Research Output

Mixed methods evaluation of motivational interviewing in a UK chronic kidney disease population

Carson, A., 4 Sep 2017, In : Advanced Practices in Nursing. 2, 3 (Supplement), p. 82-82 1 p.

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  • Coping in young people with chronic kidney disease (CKD)

    Muhammad, S., Milford, D. V., Carson, A., Young, H. & Martin, C. R., 9 Feb 2016, In : Journal of Renal Care. 42, 1, p. 34-42 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    Managing diabetes in people with dementia

    Brown, J., Carson, A., Waugh, A. & Park, D., 20 Aug 2015, In : Nursing Times. 111, 10, p. 16-9 4 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    How young people cope with chronic kideny disease: literature review

    Muhammad, S., Noble, H., Banks, P., Carson, A. & Martin, C., Dec 2012, In : Journal of Renal Care. 38, 4, p. 182-190

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 5 Citations (Scopus)