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Rowan Myron

Dr Rowan Myron

Associate Professor for Healthcare Management
Job title:
Associate Professor for Healthcare Management
Higher qualifications:

MA Psychology (1st) (University of Dundee), PhD Child Psychology (Goldsmiths College, University of London)

Professional organisations:
British Psychological Society (BPS)
Royal Society of Medicine


Dr Myron is an experienced researcher, writer, presenter and manager in the field of social science, with particular expertise in psychology, improvement science and knowledge mobilization in healthcare. She has wide-ranging experience in leading and managing research and education programmes and research staff, and extensive specialist knowledge in change theories, improvement methodologies and implementation in healthcare.
Rowan graduated from Dundee University in 1995 with an MA (Hons) fist class in Psychology, she then studied for her PhD at Goldsmiths College under Professor Peter Smith. Rowan took up a lecturing post in the Psychology department at the University of Hull in 1998.

In 2005 Rowan moved out of academia to the Mental Health Foundation where she became Associate Head of Research and specialised in a range of mental health research topics.

In 2009 Rowan took up the post of Collaborative Learning and Delivery lead as part of the core team of the ground breaking CLAHRC programmes (Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care) an innovative and fast paced NIHR programme designed to bridge the second translational gap of knowledge and practice between academia and clinical practice. CLAHRCs aim is to deliver sustained change to services within the NHS based on research evidence.

Rowan's currently holds a joint role between the University of West London, as Associate Professor for Healthcare Management and the role of Education Lead in CLAHRC. Rowan leads the professional doctorate programme for the university and heads the Masters in Improvement Science course. These programmes aim to build capacity in improvement methodologies, working with multi-disciplinary frontline clinical staff to improve services and implement evidence-based change. She works with staff, researchers and patients to build team dynamics using a variety of innovative techniques to mobilise knowledge into practice. She has a particular interest in the use of new technologies to engage frontline staff in learning opportunities.

Follow her on twitter @RowanM

Research and scholarly output:


Journal articles

Doyle, C., Woodcock, T., Howe, C., Myron, R., Phekoo, K, McNicholas, C., Saffer, J. & Bell, D.  Making change last: applying the NHSIII Sustainability Model to healthcare improvement. Implementation Science, October 2013.

Honeybourne, E., Buky-Webster, C., Price, G., Green, C., Green, S., Myron, R. & Green, J. (2012) Making it easier for older adults to access services for common mental health problems: a community-based quality improvement project. Community Mental Health Journal, August 2012.

Other publications

Myron-Wilson, R.R. (1999) Doctoral thesis: The family and bullying : transgenerational patterns of attachment and parenting.



Conference papers and/or presentations

Myron, R. (2013) How to get practice into science? FUSE Conference, Noordwijkerhout.

Myron, R., Lennox, L. & Bray, H. (2012) Educational facilitation of translating knowledge into practice, Health Services Research Network Conference, Manchester, UK.

Myron, R. & Bell, D. (2011) Engaging multi-disciplinary teams to build capacity in evidence based implementation, IFQSHC Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Myron, R. (2011) Using new technologies and social media to advance knowledge exchange in healthcare, London Health 11 - London Transitions into the new world, London, UK.

Powell, L. & Myron, R. (2010) From scepticism to enthusiasm: Front line staff learn lessons from patient and public involvement (PPI), South Yorkshire CLAHRC Conference, Sheffield, UK. 

Research degree supervision:



Role in team

Thesis title

Catherine Lynch Second supervisor How does the experience of ‘research in action’ impact on student nurses’ engagement with research and willingness to use evidence to underpin clinical practise?
Nicola Moone Second supervisor Working with community mental health practitioners to develop team working, job satisfaction and personal resilience: An Action Research project (AR)
Reuben Pearce Principal supervisor Exploring the experience and impact of forum theatre techniques for developing mental health nursing skills: A mixed methods research project
Alyson Price Second supervisor What influences the decision making of nursing staff when involved in restraint incidents in adult acute mental health wards?
Karen Sheehy Principal supervisor An exploration of mentor models in nursing practice: A case study