Julie Abernethy

Lecturer in Children's Nursing

School of Nursing, Midwifery and Public Health
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Julie trained as a children’s nurse in West London, and qualified in 1997. After qualifying as a children’s nurse, Julie gained a degree in Psychology with Health Psychology BSc(HONS) at the University of Wales, Bangor. During her time as a psychology student, Julie worked as a nurse on the children’s wards and special care baby units in Ipswich and in Bangor. On completion of her psychology degree, Julie worked in child and adolescent mental health, in an adolescent eating disorders unit and started a MSc in Psychological Research Methods with the Open University. In 2001, Julie moved into the community and worked on the school nursing team.

Julie started her academic career at Suffolk College in 2004 when she became a lecturer in children’s nursing. Julie completed her MSc and PG Cert in Interprofessional Healthcare Education in 2005. Julie joined Anglia Ruskin University in 2014, and during her time there she gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Research in Health and Social Care, researching the accessibility of preventative healthcare services for BAME women. In 2021, Julie completed a PG Cert in Chaplaincy at Waverley Abbey College.

Julie returned to nursing practice in Suffolk in 2019, working as a children’s nurse at the children’s hospice, EACH and at West Suffolk Hospital.

Julie’s specialist areas of teaching are health promotion, research and research methods in nursing and child health, and mental health and well-being of children and young people. In addition to teaching at the university, Julie is an educator for Parish Nursing Ministries UK and teaches on the parish nursing preparation course for registered nurses.

Julie’s research interests include mental health in adolescence, accessibility of preventative healthcare services for BAME women. Julie is currently researching the experiences of birth mothers living apart from their children.