Professor Fiona Cowdell

Professor of Nursing and Health Research

School of Nursing and Midwifery
0121 300 4345

Fiona Cowdell joined Birmingham City University in October 2016 as a Professor of Nursing and Health Research. Fiona is a National Institute of Health Research Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellow (June 2016 – May 2020). She is a graduate of Oxford Brookes University with a doctorate from Bournemouth University. As a registered nurse she worked for many years in the National Health Service at senior levels both operational and strategic whilst developing close links with academia including posts as a Lecturer Practitioner and later as a Practice Development Consultant.

Fiona’s research interests focus on skin health with particular reference to knowledge mobilisation, health behaviour change, older people and humanisation. The work she undertakes is clinically relevant and directly applicable to practice. Alongside other work Fiona is committed to developing new female clinicians and researchers. She is actively engaged in Athena Swan activity and is co-lead of the Programme for Women Achieving Excellence in Research.    

Fiona serves on the editorial boards of BMC Nursing and Dermatological Nursing and is a member of the scientific committee of the British Dermatological Group and nurse representative on the United Kingdom Dermatology Clinical Trials Network. Fiona is an active member of the Royal College of Nursing and of the British Geriatric Society. She has been a member of several NHS Research Ethics Committees.

Postgraduate Supervision