Rob Newell trained as a nurse and, later, as a cognitive-behaviour therapist at Maudsley Hospital/Institute of Psychiatry. He holds a batchelor's degree in Psychology, a master's degree in Medical Ethics and Law and a PhD in Nursing. Before taking up post as Professor of Nursing Research at Bradford, he was a lecturer at Maudsley Hospital/Institute of Psychiatry and at the University of Hull, before becoming Senior Lecturer at the University of Leeds.
His main area of research is in facial disfigurement andvisible difference, where he has presented many conference papers and published papers in peer review and professional journals, as well as two key textbooks. He was founding editor (with Prof David Thompson) of the book series Routledge Essentials in Nursing and founding editor of the peer review journal Clinical Effectiveness in Nursing. With Professor Kevin Gournay, he co-edited 2 editions of the key mental health textbook Mental Health Nursing: an Evidence-based Approach.
He initiated (with Tamsin Holt) the University of Bradford's Research Ethics system and oversaw its implementation.
Following his retirement, Rob was awarded an Emeritus Professorship. He became President of his professional organisation (British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies), where he also served on the Professional Ethics and Conduct Committee and promoted the involvement of patients and the public in the work of the association. Rob is now fully retired from academic research and teaching with the exception of occasional publications. However, he maintains links with the University of Bradford by offering mentorship to junior researchers.