Professor Alison Kitson

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1983 …2024

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Research Biography

Alison Kitson is the inaugural Vice President and Executive Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University South Australia. Prior to this appointment she was Dean and Head of School at Adelaide Nursing School at the University of Adelaide.

Before moving to Australia in 2009, Alison worked at the Royal College of Nursing in executive leadership, education and research roles. She has published over 300 peer reviewed articles and in 2014 was acknowledged in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Thomas Reuters) list of high cite world researchers for her work on knowledge translation.

Her contribution to nursing and health service research continue to be recognised internationally. Honours include, Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science (2015); Honorary Doctorate from Malmo University (2013); Fellowship of the American Nurses Association (2011). Earlier awards include the Florence Nightingale Leadership Award in 2004; Distinguished Graduate of the Year from the University of Ulster in 2002, a Florence Nightingale Travel Award in 1999 (The Edith Cavell Travel Fellowship) and a Fellowship of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) in 1991.

She is a visiting professor at Oxford Brookes University and QUT. She is also an Associate Research Fellow of Green Templeton College, University of Oxford. In 2017 she was appointed to the Board of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.

Research Interests

Fundamentals of Care, Knowledge Translation & Implementation Science, Evidence Based Clinical Practice in Health Care.

Completed Supervisions

Principal Supervisions:
  • Knowledge Translation (2)
  • Fundamentals of Care (1)


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