Siobhan O’Connor is a lecturer at the School of Health and Social Care, Edinburgh Napier University, UK and guest lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, USA. She has a multidisciplinary background with honours B.Sc. Business Information Systems and B.Sc. Nursing. Hence, her research interests focus on the use of a range of technologies to support nurses and patients in the community to better manage long-term chronic conditions. These include mobile apps (mHealth), telehealth, wearable and assisted living devices, virtual and augmented reality (including avatars), and online or web-based tools like social media.
Siobhan is in the final year of her doctoral studies at the University of Glasgow, exploring patient and public engagement in digital health (eHealth). She has won numerous awards and scholarships for her research including an Impact Award from the RCN Foundation in 2018. Siobhan also teaches nursing and health informatics to undergraduate and postgraduate students and conducts pedagogical research exploring how technology can be used in health education. She is a member of the the RSE Young Academy of Scotland, the European Academy of Nursing Science and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Siobhan is also an active member of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) eHealth forum, NHS Scotland NMAHP eHealth network and Sigma Theta Tau International (Phi Mu chapter).