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Dr Elizabeth Collier

Lecturer in Mental Health


Elizabeth has worked as a staff nurse (severe dementia & later life assessment ward), a research nurse, a ward manager and lecturer practitioner. She has completed a PhD entitled 'A biographical narrative study exploring mental ill health through the life course'. She teaches and supervises across all academic levels and is involved in various research and enterprise projects. She is interested in contemporary recovery concepts, evidence based practice, mental health and ill health in later life, long term mental ill health, life course, age discrimination and dementia.


  • Lead Post graduate Developing Dementia Awareness module
  • Dementia Theme Lead for pre-reg nursing programmes
  • Co lead of Evidence Based practice and Leadership module for Associate Nurses
  • Supervise Masters and Doctoral students
  • MA RN programme team
  • Personal tutor pre-reg mental health nursing students

Teaching interests

  • mental health nursing,
  • older people,
  • dementia,
  • evidence based practice,
  • research.

Research Interests

I have been involved in research and publication in a wide range of issues including age discrimination education for mental health nurses, older people mental health service user consultation, long term mental illness, post traumatic stress disorder, transgender family needs, schizophrenia, dementia.

Qualifications and Memberships

  • BSc (Maths & Psychology), MSc (Nursing) PGCE, PhD.
  • Salford University Institute for Dementia.


Ashmore, R., Collier E., (2017) Driving to the edge of the cliff: transgender mental health. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 24(5): 302-310

Bennett, M., Collier, E. (2016) A qualitative study of the perspectives of people diagnosed with schizophrenia of their physical health risks and needs. Nursing Times 7: 1-4

Curran, B., Collier, E. (2016) Growing older with post-traumatic stress disorder. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 23: 236-242

Morrissey, M., Collier, E., (2016) Literature review of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in the Critical Care Population Journal of Clinical Nursing 25: 1501-1514

Adshead, S., Collier, E., Kennedy, S. (2015) A literature review exploring the preparation of mental health nurses for working with people with learning disability and mental illness. Nurse Education in Practice 15(2): 103-107

Complete list

Postgraduate research

  • Dementia
  • Older people mental health
  • Mental illness
  • Life course & biography
  • Recovery