We are delighted to announce that Dr Matthew Kiernan will deliver the welcome address at our conference in March.

Matthew entered academia as a mature student whilst serving in the Royal Navy. Originally qualifying as a RGN in Derby in 1991 he subsequently qualified as a RN (Mental Health) in 2001 with a BSC Med Sci from Sheffield University. He was awarded a PhD from Nottingham University in 2011.

Matthew was the Head of Mental Health Nursing in the Royal Navy, the Specialist Nurse Advisor for Mental Health (Royal Navy) and the Defence Specialist Nurse Advisor (Mental Health) prior to taking up his appointment as a Senior Research Fellow at the Academic Department for Defence Nursing.

Whilst in the Royal Navy Matthew’s research focus was care delivery and the psychological effects of basic training on the individual. Matthew retired from the Royal Navy on Health grounds due to injuries he sustained as a result of operational service. Since arriving at Northumbria he has been committed to developing The Northern Hub for Veterans and Military Families’ Research. Matthew is currently leading a range of research projects which focus veterans and military families.

Matthew is currently an Independent Advisory Panel Member for the British Army Infantry Training Centre, the Chair of the EMDR UK and Ireland Scientific and Research Committee, and an Associate Editor for the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research.

On conforming his acceptance to speak, Matthew said, “I was delighted to be asked to speak at the ‘Therapy and Well-being through Heritage Fieldwork’ conference and encouraged by the level of progressive thinking, in terms of welfare and research, that the conference organisers are demonstrating”.