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Suzanne Hodgson

Suzanne Hodgson BA (Hons), MSc



I am a lecturer in children's nursing and doctoral research in psychology. My specialist areas of teaching combine public health, psychology and sociology focussing on the health and wellbeing of children and their families.

I am module leader for the public health module undertaken by our level 6 students from Suzhou in China. My research focusses on the wellbeing of new fathers. I have links with practice partners and researchers across the country focussing on improving outcomes for new fathers and their families. I won an inspirational teacher award in 2018.


I grew up in Sheffield and completed my nurse education at Middlesex University in 1997, qualifying as a children's nurse. My clinical experience includes general paediatrics, CAMHS, health visiting and public health nursing both in the UK and in New Zealand. My own education has been very important to me throughout this time

My passion for education began in New Zealand as a health trainer teaching first aid across Auckland and the far north from lawyers in the city to forestry workers in remote locations. More recently I taught on a health sciences foundation programme in Auckland before commencing my PhD in Christchurch, New Zealand.

I commenced my position as a full time lecturer at SHU in July 2017. I am academic adviser to two groups of undergraduate children's nursing students. I currently supervise several masters dissertation students.

Being happy, approachable, sharing stories and working collaboratively with students to help them to reach their full potential are my key ingredients. My main area of research combines health and psychology with an emphasis on the health and wellbeing of men and in particular; fathers. This is the basis for my current PhD.

For my Masters dissertation I investigated the emotional well-being of fathers quantitatively assessing stress and anxiety in the transition to fatherhood and qualitatively investigating preparation for fatherhood. This built on my undergraduate work within public health nursing which focussed on the mental health of parents.

I have been a co-researcher on a men's cancer survivorship study in New Zealand completing qualitative analysis of interviews.

As part of my role as a doctoral researcher in psychology, I am the co-chair of the PSYPAG conference for 2019.


Perinatal Mental Health education for undergraduate midwifery and mental health nursing students.

BSc Nursing (Child Field), BSc Health Studies.

Fundamentals of public health science and practice
Application of the science and practice of public health (L5 & 7)
Managing public health science and practice
Developing capability for effective collaborative practice
Researching for practice
Introduction to relationship centred care science and practice
Public Health


The transition to fatherhood; a grounded theory study.

Men's experiences of cancer survivorship (Canterbury, New Zealand 2015).


Journal articles

Hodgson, S., Painter, J., Kilby, L., & Hirst, J. (2021). The Experiences of First-Time Fathers in Perinatal Services: Present but Invisible. Healthcare, 9 (2), e161.

Other activities

I have close links with local perinatal mental health services focussing on service provision for new fathers.

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