Professor Veronica Swallow

Professor Veronica Swallow


Veronica led the Maternal, Child & Family-Health Research group and led the Children, Young People and Family Research Strand in the School of Healthcare, University of Leeds. She is now Professor in Child and Family Nursing and Healthcare in the Department of Nursing & Midwifery, Sheffield Hallam University. 

She is Adjunct Professor, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health at Charles Sturt University, Australia. A registered Adult and Sick Children’s Nurse and HE Teacher, with extensive clinical, teaching and leadership experience; she is Editorial Board member of two international journals (Journal of Family Nursing (Impact Factor 1.955) and Journal of Pediatric Nursing (Impact Factor 1.8), reviewer for NIHR, Irish Health Research Board and key charities, and an active member of the International Family Nursing Association (IFNA) including as elected member of the IFNA Board of Directors and co-founder of the UK and Ireland IFNA Chapter (the first IFNA Chapter globally). A member of the UK Paediatric Nephrology Clinical Studies Group, and formerly the Yorkshire and Humber Research for Patient Benefit Grant awarding Panel, Veronica has received national & international recognition for her research and student education activity and is committed to helping professionals to apply research evidence into practice to promote optimal outcomes for patients. She welcomes enquiries about PhD and Masters supervision in the areas of child and family healthcare.

Research interests

Veronica's multidisciplinary, international research includes mixed-methods, qualitative and participatory approaches, framework analysis, RCTs, and systematic reviews; her outputs have led to invitations to present international keynote/plenary lectures;her research and under/post-graduate teaching focus particularly on: the ways children, young people, families/carers and professionals share long-term condition management; Development and evaluation of complex, user-led interventions (e.g. web and smartphone apps) to promote optimum health-care experiences for families, confident and competent self- and shared- management and optimum outcomes for patients; and User involvement and ethics in health-care research. Veronica encourages the involvement of young people and parents as co-researchers, co-authors and advisers on research projects she leads and contributes to; she is an Associate member of INVOLVE, the NIHR Advisory Group on patient and public involvement in health and social care research was for 8 years a member of the INVOLVE Advisory Group). 


  • PhD
  • Masters in Medical Sciences
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing Sciences - 1st Class
  • Diploma of Professional Studies in Nursing (Distinction)
  • Registered General Nurse; Registered Sick Children's Nurse

Professional memberships

  • Board of Directors of the International Family Nursing Association
  • NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Grant Awarding Panel
  • UK Paediatric Nephrology Clinical Studies Group,
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Pediatric Nursing
  • Editorial Board Journal of Family Nursing

Research groups and institutes

  • Maternal, child and family health

Current postgraduate researchers

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>