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Nicola Evans

Dr Nicola Evans

Reader: Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Psychosocial Care

School of Healthcare Sciences

Available for postgraduate supervision


I am a Reader in Mental Health Nursing with expertise in the mental health of children and young people. I enjoy teaching and supervising undergraduate and post graduate students and currently have capacity for new doctoral students interested in either mental health or qualitative methods. I am also a BACP accredited counsellor having trained in both systemic family therapy and CBT.

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 ( .















  • 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







Book sections

  • Evans, N. and Stringfellow, A. 2018. Working with families and carers. In: Norman, I. and Ryrie, I. eds. The Art and Science of Mental Health Nursing: Principles and Practice. Open University Press, pp. 543-554.
  • Nute, A. 2016. Working with groups. In: evans, n. and hannigan, b. eds. Therapeutic Skills for Mental Health Nurses. Open University Press, pp. 192-203.
  • 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
  • Evans, N. G. and Clarke, J. 1999. Addressing issues of sexuality. In: Chaloner, C. and Coffey, M. eds. Forensic Mental Health Nursing: Current Approaches. UK: Blackwell Science, pp. 252-268.




I am a qualitative researcher, interested and experienced in case study methodology, action research and ethnographic methods, having been awarded the RCN (Wales) Research in Nursing award in 2017. I also am interested in conducting systematic reviews, and am trained in Joanna Briggs Institute methods. An example of a completed reviewcommissioned by the Royal College of Psychiatrists is here:

Blueprint was an NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research Programme funded project which looked at services 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

CAMH Crisis was an evidence synthesis investigating how services are provided for children and young people aged 5 -25 experiencing mental health crises. Please feel free to view the animation devevloped from that study:

I also am connected to the Kamuzu  University of Health Sciences, Malawi where we worked together on a project to upskill primary school teachers about mental health in children


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.


Prior to working at Cardiff University, I worked in clinical practice as a mental health nurse in an outpatient service for children and young people with mental health needs.

Previously, I have also worked in forensic mental health care, both inpatient and community services, as well as in a general mental health admission unit. Having trained in CBT for Children and Adolescents and in systemic family therapy, I worked therapeutically with children, parents, adults and families in the context of multi-disciplinary and multi-agency teams.


I am interested insupervising PhD students in the areas of:

mental health

children and young people's mental health

qualitative methods

the organisation of health and social care

Current supervision

Lisa Cordery-bruce

Lisa Cordery-bruce

Research student