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Dr Nicola Evans

Dr Nicola Evans

Reader: Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Psychosocial Care

+44(0) 29 206 87298
13.15, 13th floor, Eastgate House, 35-43 Newport Road, Cardiff CF24 0AB
Available for postgraduate supervision


I currently work as a Reader in Mental Health Nursing. My main area of interest that spans my teaching, research and engagement activity is how services operate to support the mental health of children and young people. I found during my clinical work with children and young people that they responded very quickly to support, so I believe that if we can provide the right type of support to the child or young person and their family in a timely fashion, they recover quicker and manage to quickly resume to their normal life.

My PhD was an action research study with a local children's mental health service where we worked together to reduce their unsatisfactory waiting list for their service, using a bespoke triage model ( .

I enjoy teaching and supervising students at undergraduate and post graduate levels,  and am happy to supervise doctoral students interested in mental health and/or using qualitative methods.


Prior to working at Cardiff University, I worked in clinical practice in an outpatient service for children and young people with mental health needs. I also worked in forensic mental health care, both inpatient and community services, as well as a mental health adnmission unit. Having trained in CBT for Children and Adolescents and in systemic family therapy, I worked collaboratvely and therapeutically with children, parents, adults and families.













  • Evans, N. G. and Edmunds, L. 2006. Selecting a topic. In: Allen, D. and Lyne, P. eds. The reality of nursing research: politics, practices and processes. Abingdon: Routledge







I contribute to the undergraduate nursing programme, specifically teaching children's mental health issues, psychotherapeutic approaches, use of evidence in health and research methods. I also supervise dissertations. I enjoy small group teaching and facilitating experiential learning sessions for mental health nursing students to acquire and rehearse their much needed skills for clinical practice.

At post graduate level, I supervise MSc dissertations: systematic reviews and work based projects. This can be across topic area. I also lead a professional doctorate module: Systems thinking: working and leading in complex organisations.

I am a qualitative researcher, interested and experienced in case study design, action research ad ethnographic methods. I also am interested in systematic reviews, an trained in Joanna Briggs institute reviews and have a scoping project commissioned by the Royal College of Psychiattrists in process

I am currently co-investigator on an NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research Programme project which is developing a service model for children and young people with common mental health problems:

RiSC looked at the evidence how risk is assessed and managed in inpatient services for young people with mental health issues

My current study is an NIHR funded project CAMH Crisis, an evidence synthesis investigating how services are provided for children and young people aged 5 -25 experiencing mental health crises.


Current supervision

Gavin John

Research student

Fortune Mhlanga

Research student

Iwan Dowie

Research student

Mark Jones

Research student

Lisa Cordery

Research student