John Stephenson

Dr, Research Fellow of Australian Catholic University

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I am a Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Statistics, having joined the University of Huddersfield (School of Human and Health Sciences) in January 2010. I was a Visiting Research Fellow at Australian Catholic University (ACU), Melbourne, Australia, in March-April 2015, and held a 3-year Honorary Fellowship with ACU from 2015 to 2018. I was also a Visiting Research Fellow in the Institute for Health and Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, in July 2017.

Before joining the University of Huddersfield, I was employed as an engineer for about 10 years in the nuclear industry; initially for the UK Atomic Energy Authority, and subsequently for British Energy.

Academic qualifications: BSc(Hons) (Mathematics, University of Sheffield 1990); MSc(Eng), MPhil (Materials Science, University of Liverpool 1993, 1997); PhD (Biomedical Statistics, Cardiff University 2010).

Professional qualifications: Graduate Statistician Member of the Royal Statistical Society (FRSS GradStat) since 2006. Achieved Chartered Mathematician status with the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (CMath MIMA) in 2007.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Caries: development of novel modelling approaches for the assessment of restoration of symptomless primary teeth
  • Tissue viability: healing times in pre-tibial lacerations; efficacy of negative pressure wound healing; pressure ulcers as a safeguarding issue
  • Ophthalmology: methods of macular hole measurement; assessment of visual acuity and incidence of retinal breaks in eye surgery
  • Pharmaceutical sciences: efficacy of asthma inhalation devices; skin permeability methods;
  • Spinal surgery: risk factors for surgical site infection; survival of patients undergoing metastatic spinal tumours with infections; prediction of height gain following corrective surgery for scoliosis
  • Podiatry and lower limb studies: compression treatments for ankle mobility; assessment of methods of corn and verruca treatments
  • Neck of femur fractures: using albumin levels to predict mortality
  • Facial skin cancer: psychological impact of surgical procedures
  • Breast cancer: assessment of open access after care; factors influencing reconstruction decision-making in breast cancer survivors
  • Mental health: assessment of methods to improve wellbeing in carers of depressive patients; assessment of methods of identification of depression in an elderly population
  • Clinical nursing: assessment of aggression levels against nursing staff
  • Clinical education: workshop evaluations; evaluation of wound care training; perceptions of academic learning.

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  • Biomedical Statistics

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Research Output 2010 2018

Critical Illness

Diabetic foot ulceration: The impact of oedema

Atkin, L., Tansley, J. & Stephenson, J. 22 Mar 2018 In : Wounds UK. 14, 1, p. 33-39 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Diabetic Foot
Foot Diseases
Art Therapy
1 Citations

Effect of a thermal care bundle on the prevention, detection and treatment of perioperative inadvertent hypothermia

Duff, J., Walker, K., Edward, K. L., Ralph, N., Giandinoto, J. A., Alexander, K., Gow, J. & Stephenson, J. 1 Mar 2018 In : Journal of Clinical Nursing. 27, 5-6, p. 1239-1249 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Patient Care Bundles
Hot Temperature
Dangerous Behavior
Attitude to Health
General Hospitals
Mental Health

Making sense of the p-value (part 1)

Stephenson, J. Feb 2018 In : Journal of Wound Care. 27, 2, p. 57-58 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Activities 2004 2017

The College of Podiatry Annual Conference and Exhibition

Concannon, M. (Participant), Parfitt, G. (Participant), Stephenson, J. (Participant)
16 Nov 2017

Activity: Participating in a conference, workshop, ...

Wounds UK (Journal)

Stephenson, J. (Member of editorial board)

Activity: Editorial work

Health Technology Assessment (Journal)

Stephenson, J. (Reviewer)

Activity: Publication Peer-review

British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing (Journal)

Stephenson, J. (Reviewer)
2017 → …

Activity: Publication Peer-review

British Journal of Ophthalmology (Journal)

Stephenson, J. (Reviewer)
2017 → …

Activity: Publication Peer-review