Dr Joanna Smith

Dr Joanna Smith

Associate Professor Child Nursing

0113 34 36297

Summary: Academic Unit: Adult, Child and Mental Health Nursing

Location: Baines Wing

Teaching Commitments: Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching particularly theory related to practice. Supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations. Supervise PhD Students


Joanna is an Associate Professor in Child Nursing and passionate about ensuring care is evidence-based, and delivered in a way that fosters effective collaboration and empowerment of the child, young person and family. Joanna has over 16 years’ experience in higher education and was awarded Senior Fellow by the Higher Education Academy, recognising her extensive teaching and learning experiences at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Joanna draws on over 15 years’ clinical experiences to inform her teaching and research. Her teaching expertise focuses on the way health professionals engage and share decisions with children and families, in the context of childhood long-term conditions. Joanna’s teaching philosophy is based on developing nursing students to think critically about care delivery, and the evidence underpinning care. Joanna is Associate Editor for Evidence-Based Nursing and an editorial board member for Nursing Children and Young People.

Joanna has a sustained record of publications with over 50 publications including 2 authored books, 7 book chapters, 20 articles in refereed academic journals and 25 articles in refereed professional journals, and over 30 national / international conference presentations, including 3 presentations as an invited speaker and 1 symposium

Joanna’s research interests relate to the way in which health professionals work with and involve children, young people and their families in care. She is building her research profile on her PhD which explored parents’ management of their child’s hydrocephalous and their contribution to the diagnosis of shunt malfunction in acute hospital admissions.. Although Joanna has used a range of research methods, both quantitative and qualitative, she is particularly skilled in the application of thematic analysis and framework approach. Joanna has successfully supervised several PhD students whose topics to her research focus of her for example, parent-child shared-decision making in asthma, and involving parents in their child’s pain care. Joanna would welcome contact from potential PhD students interesting in developing strategies to support family involvement in care.