Dr Maria Ponto

Dr Maria Ponto

School: Nursing

Job Title: Associate Professor, Management, Leadership, Research and International Lead


Phone: 020 8417 5284

Location: Kingston Hill Campus, Kingsston University, Kingston Upon Thames, KT2 7LB


Maria is an associate professor in the School of Nursing and course director for the MSc in Healthcare Education and Clinical Leadership. She teaches applied psychology to nursing, midwifery and social work students, and supervises a range of MSc and BSc research projects across various healthcare topics. Maria is also a registered nurse, a midwife and a health psychologist. In the past she has worked as an ITU nurse and a night sister as well as a hospital and community midwife.

In 2005 Maria was successful in winning a bid for £69,000 from the British Council for a Bridge 1 Project, one of only seven projects awarded nationally. The project involved writing a curriculum for an MSc in Healthcare Education and Management which was subsequently validated in Pavlov State Medical University, St Petersburg, Russia in September 2006, where 17 Russian students graduated with masters, diplomas and certificates. Although the course is now closed in St Petersburg, it is successfully running at Kingston University.

Maria is a visiting professor to Kemi-Tornio University of Applied Sciences in Finland. She has delivered a series of international lectures to social work and nursing students at universities in Finland, Poland and Russia including:

>> The Psychology of Human Ageing: Kemi-Tornio University, Finland.
>> Nursing in the new Millennium: Keynote lecture at the inauguration of the new Faculty of Nursing, Lomza, Poland.
>> Psychology of Human Ageing and Images of Ageing: Pomor State University, Archangel, Russia.

Working closely with the staff from Kemi-Tornio University of Applied Sciences and their collaborators, Maria is currently helping to write a joint research bid under the Erasmus Multilateral Projects/EU Lifelong Learning Programme. The aim is to research the experience of older people in seven countries, in order to improve the quality of life of this age group.

Academic and professional qualifications

  • E-Moderators Certificate
  • PhD, Health Care / Health Psychology, South Bank London University
  • MSc, Health Psychology, City University
  • BA, Psychology, Open University
  • Certificate in Education, Thames Polytechnic

Professional experience

  • 2013 - present
    Associate Professor, Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, Kingston University and St George's, University of London
  • 2006 - present
    Visiting Professor, Lapland University, Finland (formerly Kemi-Tornio University
  • 2006 - 2009
    Course Director, MSc in Healthcare Education and Management, Kingston University and St Petersburg, Russia

Professional registration and membership

  • Affiliate member, British Psychological Society
  • Member, Special Group in Health Psychology, BPS
  • Member, Royal College of Nursing

Research interests

Research in locus of control; learning styles and personality; stress; stroke; diabetes; psychological aspects of oncology.

Grants and funding

  • 2016 - 2018
    Submitted and was successful in gaining a small grant through Health Education England, working with the "CapitalNurse " to evaluate the work acomplished so far across London. (£20.000)
  • 2012 - 2014
    Erasmus Life- Long Learning European Project involving 4 staff and 10 students over 2 years. Collaboration with Greece, Lithuania, Italy and UK.
  • 2011 - 2012
    £27,000 Healthcare Management for Kazakhstan doctors x 2
  • 2005 - 2008
    Ponto M. To design MSc curriculum and deliver MSc course in St. Petersburg, Russia. The British Council. Bridge - British degrees in Russia. £69,000
  • 2006 - 2007
    Marshall-Lucette S; Ponto M. An Evaluation of Academic Tutor Support for the Development of Practice Guidance within the Faculty. Kingston University Teaching and Learning Committee. £10,000
  • 2010
    Ponto M; Gourdie L. Won a bid from Global Conferences for £20,600 to design and run four week course on healthcare management for doctors from Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan.
  • 2007
    Ponto M. Kingston University Teaching Fellowship Award for a two year project on work-based learning - £5,000
  • 2006
    Ponto M. To identify potential partner for a Bridge 3 project. Russia. The British Council. Bridge - Travel Bursary. £2,000


2007 External Panel Member at Review of CPD provision, Sheffield Hallam University
2008 External Panel Member at Validation of MSc in Health and Social Care at Brunel University, London
2016 External Panel Member at Validation and NMC Endorsement Event in Guernsey for Middlesex University

2011-2016 External Examiner for the MSc International Nursing Studies programme at the Edge Hill University
2012-2016 External Examiner for the Open University, MSc Leadership PG Cert. (K827)
2016-2020 External Examiner for the MSc Advanced Practice, Cardiff University
2010- present MSc Examination Panel member for MSc Maritime Operations at School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering


Number of items: 47.


Woodward-Stammers, E. and Ponto, M. (2020) Prevalence of thromboembolic (VTE) events in a South London District hospital : a retrospective study. Progress in Health Sciences, 10(1), pp. 82-91. ISSN (print) 2083-1617

Hamer, Fiona and Ponto, Maria (2018) Educating the workforce: improving the education and competencies of healthcare assistants in an acute surgical unit. British Journal of Healthcare Assistants, 12(1), pp. 42-47. ISSN (print) 1753-1586

Woodward-Stammers, E. and Ponto, M. (2017) Venous Thromboembolism Audit ; where are we now and how can we improve? Progress in Health Sciences, 7(1), pp. 69-77. ISSN (print) 2083-1617

Prous, M. and Ponto, M. (2016) Testing knowledge of eye donation : a survey of intensive care nurses. Progress in Health Sciences, 6(1), pp. 86-94. ISSN (print) 2083-1617

Prous, M. and Ponto, M. (2015) Barriers to ocular tissue donation in acute clinical settings. Progress in Health Sciences, 5(2), pp. 134-141. ISSN (print) 2083-1617

Agnew, Eadaoin, Alliez, Eric, Auerbach, Paul, Blackburn, Robert, Botting, Fred, Brady, Mary, Caygill, Howard, Chadwick, Howard, Chanter, Tina, Choat, Simon, Chu, Jonathan, Cinpoes, Radu, Coultas, Valerie, Dines, Martin, Dixon, Paul, Favretto, Ilaria, Finn, Peter, Giaxoglou, Korina, Goldsmith, Carlie, Hallward, Peter, Hawkins, Sue, Haywood, Peter, Higginbottom, Andrew, Ichijo, Atsuko, Isaac, Marina, Jensen, Meg, Kayyali, Reem, Kettyle, Ann, Lambrou, Marina, Latimer, Amanda, Linton, Marisa, Lipsedge, Karen, Malabou, Catherine, O Maoilearca, John, McQuillan, Martin, Micklethwaite, Paul, Morgan Wortham, Simon, O'Brien, Catherine, Osborne, Peter, Pinnock, Winsome, Piper, Jason, Ponto, Maria, Raphael, Sam, Reid, Trish, Roberts, Mike, Rogers, David, Sandford, Stella, Searby, Michael, Siddiki, Jalal Uddin, Smart, Jackie, Spencer, Philip, Stockhammer, Engelbert, Stuart, John, Suess, Eleanor, Swift, Allan, Upstone, Sara, Vallee-Tourangeau, Frederic, Wells, Julian and Wilson, Scott (2014) Education should be a right for all. The Guardian,

Hamilton, F. and Ponto, M. (2014) Keeping going, why osteopaths of retiring age still practice – a qualitative study. Progress in Health Sciences, 4(1), pp. 165-171. ISSN (print) 2083-1617

Ponto, M., Ooms, A. and Cowieson, F. (2014) Learning styles and Locus of control in undergraduate medical, nursing and physiotherapy students: a comparative study. Progress in Health Sciences, 4(1), pp. 172-178. ISSN (print) 2083-1617

Rogers, G. and Ponto, M. (2012) Are patients admitted to the virtual ward satisfied with the intervention of the community matron in their care pathway?. Progress in Health Sciences, 2(1), pp. 19-27. ISSN (print) 2083-1617

Ponto, M. (2011) Nursing students’ perceptions of autonomy: a qualitative study. Progress in Health Sciences, 1(2), pp. 11-17. ISSN (print) 2083-1617

Ponto, M., Paloranta, H. and Akroyd, K. (2011) An evaluation of student led health station in Finland. Progress in Health Sciences, 1(1), pp. 5-13. ISSN (print) 2083-1617

Ponto, Maria (2009) Drawing Arctic circles. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 23(5), pp. 511-513. ISSN (print) 1356-1820

Ponto, Maria (2009) Book review of: Evidence-based nursing: an introduction edited by Nicky Cullum et. al. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 23(3), p. 314. ISSN (print) 1356-1820

Ponto, Maria (2008) Book review of: Building the reflective healthcare organisation by Tony Ghaye. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 22(5), pp. 562-563. ISSN (print) 1356-1820

Watt, B. and Ponto, M. (2008) Challenges of empowering older people with type 2 diabetes: a review. Journal of Diabetes Nursing, 12(2), pp. 74-78. ISSN (print) 1368-1109

Ponto, Maria (2006) Using quantitative and qualitative methods within one study. Polskie Forum Psychologiczne, 11(2), pp. 153-163. ISSN (print) 1642-1043

Ponto, Maria T. (1999) Relationship between students' locus of control and satisfaction. British Journal of Nursing, 8(3), pp. 176-181. ISSN (print) 0966-0461

Book Section

Ponto, Maria T. (2006) The psychology of human ageing. In: Redfern, Sally J. and Ross, Fiona M., (eds.) Nursing older people. 4th ed. Edinburgh, U.K. : Elsevier Churchill Livingstone. pp. 39-56. ISBN 0443074593

Conference or Workshop Item

Ponto, Maria and Gale, Julia (2018) Leadership in nursing education. In: 17th World Congress on Clinical Nursing & Practice; 29-30 Aug 2018, Zurich, Switzerland. (Unpublished)

Ponto, Maria and Gale, Julia (2017) The relationship between organisational leadership and service provision. In: Twenty-fourth International Conference on Learning : New Media for New Learning; 19-21 Jul 2017, Honolulu, U.S.A.. (Unpublished)

Ponto, Maria (2016) Making education relevant to the work place. In: ICERI2016 : 9th Annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation; 14-16 Nov 2016, Seville, Spain.

Ponto, Maria and Prous, Maria (2016) Barriers to ocular tissue donation in acute clinical settings. In: RCN International Nursing Research Conference 2016; 04-06 Apr 2016, Edinburgh, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Ponto, Maria (2011) Motivating Masters students to successfully complete their projects. In: Eighteenth International Conference on Learning; 05-08 Jul 2011, Moka, Mauritius. (Unpublished)

Ponto, Maria (2010) MSc by Learning Agreement : linking theory to the work place. In: 17th International Conference on Learning; 06-09 Jul 2010, Hong Kong, China. (Unpublished)

Ponto, Maria (2009) Postgraduate study to improve the work place. In: Second World Universities Forum; 16 - 18 Jan 2009, Mumbai, India. (Unpublished)

Ponto, Maria and Levasvirta, Leena (2008) From teacher exchange to joint research. In: All Together Better Health IV; 02-05 Jun 2008, Stockholm/Linkoping, Sweden. (Unpublished)

Ponto, Maria and Paloranta, Hannele (2008) Terveyspysakki : an academic nursing clinic in Finland. In: All Together Better Health IV; 02-05 Jun 2008, Stockholm/Linkoping, Sweden. (Unpublished)

Ponto, Maria (2007) International collaboration - what's in it for us? In: Beyond the borders : international nursing education in the 21st Century; 05 - 07 Jul 2007, Brighton, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Marshall-Lucette, Sylvie and Ponto, Maria (2007) An evaluation of academic tutor support models for the development of practice guidance, within a faculty of health and social care sciences. In: Learning Conference 2007 : Fourteenth International Conference on Learning; 26-29 Jun 2007, Johannesburg, South Africa. (Unpublished)

Ponto, Maria T. (2007) Health promotion and health education by the learning contract. In: 19th IUHPE world conference on health promotion and health education; 10 - 15 Jun 2007, Vancouver, Canada. (Unpublished)

Ponto, M. (2007) The meaning of discrimination in educational establishments. In: Tolerance and intolerance in the modern society; 24 - 25 Apr 2007, St. Petersburg, Russia. (Unpublished)

Ponto, Maria (2007) Designing a course and teaching in collaboration with a European partner. In: Advancing Nursing Care : Collaboration : 6th European Regional Conference of the Commonwealth Nurses Federation; 09-10 Mar 2007, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Lucas, Marilyn, Damianova, Maria, Burney, Sue and Ponto, Maria (2006) Stress and coping in students exposed to crime and violence: a comparative study of students studying at campuses in South Africa, Australia and England. In: 27th STAR Society Conference; 13 - 15 July 2006, Rethymnon, Crete.

Ponto, Maria (2006) Bridge Project : developing MSc degrees for the UK and Russian healthcare professionals. In: 12th International Ottawa Conference on Clinical Competence; 20 - 24 May 2006, New York, U.S.. (Unpublished)

Lucas, Marilyn, Damianova, Maria, Burney, Sue and Ponto, Maria (2006) Globalization and cultural specificity in stress and coping among female and male students studying in South Africa and Australia. In: International Education, A Matter of Heart; 13-16 Feb 2006, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Ponto, Maria (2005) Enhancing the nursing curriculum through small group dynamics. In: The Third Pan-Pacific Nursing Conference and the Fifth Hong Kong Nursing Symposium on Cancer Care : Excellence in Nursing Practice Innovation and Creativity; 11-12 Nov 2005, Hong Kong, China. (Unpublished)

Start, Kath and Ponto, Maria (2005) Building and sustaining capacity in healthcare education through the development of dual masters' programmes between the UK and Russian institutions. In: AMEE 2005; 29 Aug - 03 Sep 2005, Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Unpublished)

Ponto, Maria, Lucas, Marilyn, Damianova, Maria and Burney, Sue (2005) Stress and coping strategies across three continents. In: Second ICOH International Conference on Psychosocial Factors at Work : East Meets West : Job Stress Prevention in a Global Perspective; 23 - 26 Aug 2005, Okayama, Japan. (Unpublished)

Ponto, Maria (2005) Interpretative phenomenological analysis of the locus of control concept. In: 9th European Congress of Psychology; 03 - 08 Jul 2005, Granada, Spain. (Unpublished)

Ponto, Maria (2005) Enhancing the nursing curriculum through small group dynamics. In: Making a positive difference through Higher Education; 11 - 14 Jul 2005, Pittsburgh, U.S.. (Unpublished)

Ponto, Maria (2004) Teaching life-span development. In: XXVIII International Congress of Psychology; 08-12 Aug 2004, Beijing, China.

Ponto, Maria (2004) Contributing to health education in St Petersburg, Russia. In: Health2004 : 18th World Conference on Health Promotion & Health Education; 26-30 Apr 2004, Melbourne, Australia. (Unpublished)

Ponto, Maria (2004) Health promotion during the life cycle. In: Health2004 : 18th World Conference on Health Promotion & Health Education; 26 - 30 Apr 2004, Melbourne, Australia. (Unpublished)

Ponto, Maria (2003) Locus of control, autonomy and satisfaction of nursing students. In: Psychologie in Osterreich; 06 - 11 Jul 2003, Vienna, Austria. (Unpublished)

Ponto, MT (2002) Locus of control : an exploration of the nursing students’ views on control. In: British Psychological Society 2002 Annual Conference; 13-16 Mar 2002, Blackpool, U.K.. ISSN (online) 1350-472X


Marshall-Lucette, Sylvie, Ponto, Maria and Akroyd, Karen (2008) A widening participation project: evaluating academic tutor support models for the development of practice guidance within the Faculty of Health & Social Care Sciences. (Project Report) London, UK : Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences, Kingston University and St George's, University of London. 64 p. ISBN 9780954989095


Ponto, Maria Teresa (2004) Locus of control, an exploration of the nursing students' views on control, autonomy and satisfaction. (PhD thesis), South Bank University,

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