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  1. Dr Rhonda Wilson RN

Associate Professor in Nursing

Mental Health Nursing Scientist with a research focus on digital health

Dr Rhonda Wilson is Associate Professor in Nursing at the University of Canberra, Australia. She has recently returned to Australia after living and working in Denmark (University of Southern Denmark) where she was Associate Professor of E Mental Health and Head of Research for the Telepsychiatric Centre in a regional psychiatric hospital service area.

Rhonda has published extensively in international journals, book chapters and conference papers. She is a Registered Nurse in Australia, currently serving on the Australian Nurses and Midwives Registered Nurse Course Accreditation Committee and the Accreditation and Education Committee for the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses. She has previously worked as a clinical nurse, researcher and academic in Australia in various roles over the last 30 years; the past 12 years as a mental health educator for student nurses and other health professions, as well as supervising higher degree research students.

She is a member of the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Mental Health Nursing which is the highest impact mental health nursing journal in the world  https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/14470349

In 2018 her co-edited text book was awarded best Tertiary (Wholly Australian) Teaching and Learning Resource – Blended Learning at the 2018 National Educational Publishing Awards. This is a prestigious educational publishing award that demonstrates our innovation in transforming learning materials and integrating traditional print and digital learning designs that interface with virtual learning platforms frequently used by Australian and New Zealand universities. Our blended learning model integrates work integrated learning and includes student, consumer and clinician narratives in such a way that the student can engage with the learning material from a range of perspectives. This textbook is the first nursing textbook that Cambridge University Press has published, and so achieving an award of this type in the second edition of the book is recognised as a significant achievement. Proctor, N., Hamer, H., McGarry, D., Wilson, R. L., & Froggatt, T. (Editors) (2014) Second Edition (2017). Mental Health: A person-centred approach. Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.

Through her work as a mental health clinician and as a researcher, Rhonda has specialised in the mental health care of hard to reach populations in regional and rural communities, and particularly with young people. Her main interests are in developing evidence-based precision digital therapeutics aimed at enhancing recovery.

The main theme for my research is developing and sustaining a Technology Enhanced Mental Health Lab. This involves a number of research projects working on various aspect of digital health research with a focus on technology that enhances person-centred recovery. There are several themes, but most are focused on clinical relevancy and ensuring a strong contribution to a future evidence base to support quality and safe development, trial and implementation of digital health interventions, together with enhancing the workforce development to incorporate digital technology to improve health and well-being, and recovery for people with health needs. I am interested to include research students (Masters research and PhD candidates) with topics that deal with information and self-help, quality and safety, early identification and early interventions, acute health matters through to complex and chronic conditions across the lifespan.

Rhonda is experienced with the use and supervision of a variety of research theories, paradigms and methods and software. A selected list follows: Qualitative and Mixed Methods; Case Study (Yin); Phenomenology; Social Ecology; Ethnography; Observational; Useability and Feasibility; Prototype development and testing; Time Series Analysis; Indigenous Research Methods (Storywork); Narrative; Survey; Ricoeurs Interpretative Methods; Digital methods and recruitment; Integrative and Scoping Review; Nvivo.

As an Aboriginal person herself, she is personally interested in Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and International Indigenous and First Nations peoples’ health and well-being. She is especially interested to encourage the scholarship and research of other Indigenous people. 

Rhonda is available to supervise higher degree research students.

More about her work can be found on these social media channels:


Twitter: @RhondaWilsonMHN https://twitter.com/RhondaWilsonMHN






Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor, James Cook University Queensland

Master, University of New England NSW

PhD, University of New England NSW

External positions

Social Media Editor , Nurse Researcher RCNi

2019 → …

Accreditation and Education Committee Member, Australian College of Mental Health Nurses

Registered Nurse Accreditation Committee, Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council

Adjunct Academic, Flinders University

Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Mental Health Nursing

Adjunct Associate Professor, University of New England NSW

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Research Output 2007 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

A Matter of Trust and Distrust: A Qualitative Investigation of Parents' Perceptions About the Use of Mechanical Restraint on Their Adult Children in a Forensic Psychiatric Setting.

Boldrup Tingleff, E., Hounsgaard, L., Bradley, S. K., WILSON, R. & Gildberg, F., 1 Apr 2019, In : Journal of Forensic Nursing. 15, 2, p. 120-130 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Forensic Psychiatry
Adult Children

A psychometric evaluation of the automatic thoughts questionnaire in Danish adolescents and emerging adults

Beck Lichtenstein, M., Dervisevic, A., WILSON, R. & Wesselhöft, R., 2 Oct 2019, In : Nordic Psychology. 71, 4, p. 262-275 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Surveys and Questionnaires
Diagnostic Self Evaluation
1 Citation (Scopus)
Open Access
Human Development
Mental Health

Nurses’ experiences of delivering acute orthopaedic care to patients with dementia

Jensen, A. M., Pedersen, B. D., Wilson, R. L., Olsen, R. B. & Hounsgaard, L., Dec 2019, In : International Journal of Older People Nursing. 14, 4, p. 1-16 16 p., 12271.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Patient Care
1 Citation (Scopus)

Parental death in young adults with divorced compared to non-divorced parents: The effect on prolonged grief and mental health

Marcussen, J., Hounsgaard, L., O'Connor, M., Möller, S., Wilson, R. & Thuen, F., 10 Aug 2019, In : Death Studies. p. 1-14 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Parental Death
Young Adult
Mental Health