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Head of the Department of Mental Health Nursing

King's College London


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Dr. Dickinson, PhD, RN, FEANS, FAAN is Head of the Department of Mental Health Nursing at King’s College London. He graduated from Bournemouth University, UK, as a Registered Nurse in 2001, and worked clinically in nursing homes for people living with dementia and psychiatric intensive care units in the UK and Australia. He moved into academia in 2006 and held lectureships at several universities before commencing at King’s College London in 2016.

In 2020, Dr. Dickinson was selected for Fellowship of the European Academy of Nursing Science for his significant contributions to the advancement of nursing science in Europe. He was selected for Fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing, in 2019.

In 2018, Dr. Dickinson was awarded the prestigious endowed Talbott Visiting Professor of Nursing at the University of Virginia (UVA) in the USA, where he developed and delivered an innovative graduate course that bridged humanities with health/social sciences. During his time at UVA, he also gained clinical experience at the Ryan White HIV Clinic and the inpatient ward within the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, which are both part of UVA’s Health System.

Dr. Dickinson’s research is primarily concerned with diversity and inclusion in health care taking a contemporary and historical perspective with the aim of improving the delivery of health care and the patient experience. His unique contributions overlap nursing, nursing home, and LGBTQ history. His scholarship on nursing care for the older LGBTQ community living in nursing homes has fundamentally changed our understanding of the support they need as sexual and intimate citizens. Having worked in this unique area of research for ten years, he has a strong national and international interdisciplinary reputation. His book, “Curing Queers,” won the 2015 Lavinia Dock Award for exemplary historical research from the American Association for the History of Nursing. It has been adopted into curricula at national and international universities. He has consulted numerous times for television dramas and documentaries that exposed harmful “gay cures;” placing this hitherto neglected subject onto national and international political agendas.

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