Dr Olga Kozlowska


Senior Lecturer in Research and Knowledge Exchange

Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery


I am a health and care researcher with a background in psychology. I joined Oxford Brookes University in 2018 taking up a research position and I have been developing a programme of research into long term conditions, diabetes in particular, and mental health and undertaking research in the NHS settings. In my teaching role, I contribute to the Professional Doctorate in Nursing Programme and supervise PhD and Professional Doctorate students. I also supervise undergraduate and postgraduate Adult and Mental Health Nursing dissertation students. I am a member of the Hong Kong Intensive School Team and teach on BSc Health Care Studies (BSc Dissertation Module - Module Leader).

NHS Sponsorship Lead for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences.

Postgraduate Research Tutor for the OSNM and the health section of the Deptartment of Psychology, Health and Professional Development.

Public Engagement in Research Lead for the OSNM 

Qualitative Research Advisor, NIHR Research Design Service South Central

Coordination of the Centre for Nursing, Midwifery, Health and Social Care Research Seminars.

Teaching and supervision

Modules taught

  • Research Methodologies
  • Research Proposal and Ethics Approval
  • Dissertation 


Current Doctoral students: 

  • Alex West-Oram "Exploring Clinical Accreditation" (DoS)
  • Lynda Dix "Constant observation in the forensic mental health setting to inform decision-making" (DoS)
  • Reema D'Souza "Nurses' experiences of delivering and planning care for patients with dementia-related behaviours: an observational and interview study" (DoS)
  • Alicia Diaz-Gil "Needs of people with dementia in the perioperative environment from the perspective of healthcare staff, patients and their family members" (DoS)
  • Erin Booth "Partnership working between MH services, police and ambulance services in addiction acute admissions" (2nd supervisor)


  • Jodie Freeman, “Young people’s perceptions of Novel Psychoactive Substances” (University of Wolverhampton, 2019) 

Research Students

Name Thesis title Completed
Diana Yardley An exploration of health care professionals’ perceptions of non-medical factors affecting management of Type 1 diabetes in children Active
Ms Helen Ayres Understanding the experiences of mental health nurses who have been assaulted by patients in secure settings 2022


The research areas I am developing are on the interface of physical and mental health; I am focusing on diabetes and mental health and how to improve care for people with these conditions. I have been involved in Integrated Diabetes Care project to improve diabetes care through joining up services. 


Centres and institutes



  • Paradigms in nursing research
  • Diabetes mellitus and mental health conditions in secondary mental health services
  • Incorporating the Diabetes Distress Scale into routine nursing diabetes care
  • Management of diabetes in adults with psychiatric disorders in inpatient settings
  • The development of a Patient Reported Experience Measure (PREM) for inpatients with diabetes

Projects as Principal Investigator, or Lead Academic if project is led by another Institution

  • Incorporating the Diabetes Distress Scale into routine nursing diabetes care – a feasibility and acceptability project (01/01/2021 - 31/07/2024), funded by: Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, funding amount received by Brookes: £34,887

Projects as Co-investigator

  • NIHR Research Design Service (South Central) 2023-2028 (led by University of Southampton)(01/10/2023 - 30/09/2028), funded by: National Institute for Health Research, funding amount received by Brookes: £430,024, funded by: National Institute for Health Research


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Further details

I was a trustee of Healthy Abingdon, a charity organisation bringing together individuals, community groups and healthcare services to work together to improve people’s health and wellbeing (years active: 2019-2022)

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