Siobhán O'Connor


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    Biographical details

    Dr Siobhán O'Connor is a Senior Lecturer in the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative Care at King’s College London and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Western University, Canada. She has a multidisciplinary background with bachelor degrees in nursing and information systems, completing her PhD in health informatics, and has nearly 20 years combined experience in industry, clinical practice, and higher education.


    Research interests

    Dr O'Connor's research focus on co-designing, testing, and implementing technology in healthcare, with a particular interest in mobile health and other digital tools that can support patient self-management. She also undertakes pedagogical research exploring digital, online, or virtual forms of learning to educate nursing students and nurse practitioners in university and clinical settings.

    Dr O'Connor has received several grants for digital health (eHealth) research as a Principal Investigator, co-PI, and co-investigator, from a variety of national and international funders such as the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR), Medical Research Council (MRC), Innovate UK, the Burdett Trust for Nursing, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Royal College of Nursing, Sigma Nursing, and the US-UK Fulbright Commission. She won a RCN Foundation Impact award in 2018 for work on the history of nursing informatics in the UK and in 2022 received an Emerging Nurse Researcher/Scholar Award from Sigma Nursing.

    Dr O’Connor has published over 75 peer-reviewed scientific articles including empirical studies, systematic and literature reviews, discussion and editorials, and book chapters, along with numerous blogs, newspaper, and magazine articles. She co-chairs the International Medical Informatics Association – Nursing Informatics education advisory panel and is a Fellow of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics. She supervises Masters and PhD students interested in patient focused topics in clinical informatics such as mobile health (health apps), wearable devices, telehealth or telecare, online or web based health services (including social media), smarthomes and assisted living technologies, robotics, virtual or augmented reality, and artificial intelligence.

    Current PhD students:

    • Student: Syeda Taqya Amna Arslan, Topic: Examining machine learning in a digital physical activity intervention to predict and prevent falls in older adults: a mixed methods feasibility study , Funding: MRC Doctoral Training Partnership 2023
    • Student: Shuruq Alotibi, Topic: Co-designing and testing an online digital exercise programme with older people living in Saudi Arabia to improve physical health, Funding: Government scholarship
    • Student: Andi Permana, Topic: Exploring virtual journal clubs to educate critical care nurses in Indonesia about evidence based practice, Funding: Government scholarship
    • Student: Yangyang Dong, Topic: Using social media to help emergency nurses in China continue their professional development, Funding: King's-China Scholarship Council PhD Scholarship programme 2023

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 4 - Quality Education
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Education/Academic qualification

    Health informatics, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Glasgow

    Award Date: 30 Jun 2020

    Teaching and Learning in Higher Education , Postgraduate Certificate , University College Cork

    Award Date: 31 Mar 2014

    Nursing (Adult), Bachelor of Science, University College Cork

    Award Date: 30 Jun 2013

    Business Information Systems, Bachelor of Science, University College Cork

    Award Date: 30 Jun 2004

    External positions

    Adjunct Associate Professor, Western University

    1 Jul 2021 → …


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