Siobhan O'Connor

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Miss Siobhan O'Connor



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 a Research Impact Award in 2018 from the Royal College of Nursing. Siobhan also teaches nursing and health informatics to undergraduate and postgraduate students and conducts pedagogical research exploring how technologies can be used in health education. She is a member of the the RSE Young Academy of Scotland, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Fellow of the European Academy of Nursing Science. Siobhan is also an active member of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), NHS Scotland NMAHP eHealth network and Sigma Theta Tau International (Phi Mu chapter).


Research Areas


Invited Speaker

  • Research into innovative forms of teaching and learning in nursing education - University College Cork, Ireland, 7th April 2014
  • mHealth Apps Panel Discussion - Digital World Health Forum, London, UK, 8th December 2015
  • Nursing in the digital age - NMAHP eHealth Leadership Programme, NHS Education for Scotland, Edinburgh, UK, 8th November 2016
  • Mobile Technology and its use in Clinical Nursing Education - University of Manchester, UK, 25th September 2015
  • Factors affecting participation in patient focused digital health interventions: challenges synthesising the evidence - University of Glasgow, UK, 24th July 2015
  • Social media as a nursing student: potential and pitfalls. Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Scotland Student Conference
  • sing social media to engage nurses in policy development – A case study of #CNOScot. Holyrood The Value of Scotland’s Nurses
  • The value of co-design: how people with dementia and their carers can improve technology in healthcare. Royal Society of Edinburgh, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) Symposium.
  • Implementing digital health for real: what factors affect participation. Bloomberg Emerging Nurse Scholars Forum, University of Toronto.



  • Invited Peer Reviewer for Nurse Education Today,
  • Invited Peer Reviewer for Systematic Reviews,
  • Invited Peer Reviewer for the International Journal of Older People’s Nursing,
  • Grant Reviewer for the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland,
  • Grant Reviewer for the National League for Nursing (NLN) Nursing Education proposals,
  • Invited Peer Reviewer for Digital Health,
  • Invited Peer Reviewer for BMJ Open,
  • Invited Peer Reviewer for the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR)
  • Invited Peer Reviewer for the International Journal of Nursing Studies (IJNS)


Fellowships and Awards

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Young Forum Gastein Alumni Scholarship 2016 (European Commission & WHO)
  • Principal’s Early Career Mobility Award 2016 (University of Glasgow, UK)
  • Dr Jean Thompson Prize for Impact, Knowledge Exchange & Public Engagement 2015 (University of Glasgow, UK)
  • Young Forum Gastein Scholarship 2014 (European Commission & WHO)
  • ACU Commonwealth Summer School Scholarship 2015 (Association of Commonwealth Universities)
  • TEDMED Frontline Scholarship 2014
  • Young Forum Gastein Alumni Scholarship 2015 (European Commission & WHO)
  • Undergraduate Awards 2013
  • President’s Award for Innovative Forms of Teaching and Learning 2013
  • Health Research Board (HRB) Summer Student Scholarship 2012
  • Bloomberg Emerging Scholars Forum 2017 (University of Toronto, Canada)


Editorial Activity

  • Social Media Editor for the International Journal of Older People Nursing


Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Scottish representative on the international Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform (TIGER) committee,
  • Member of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) eHealth Forum,
  • Member of the NMAHP eHealth newtork in NHS Scotland,
  • Member of the RSE Young Academy of Scotland,
  • Member of Sigma Theta Tau International (Phi Mu chapter),


External Examining/Validations

  • Undergraduate Awards (UA) – International Judge (Nursing & Midwifery panel),
  • Council of Deans Student Leadership Programme - Mentorship Scheme 2017


Media Activity

  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Ambassador,


Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • "Evaluating an iPhone application to teach the clinical skills of nursing students", Funding €2,000, Funder: Health Research Board (HRB) of Ireland, Year: 2012
  • "i-CARE: Improved Medical Care Access", Funding: $3,000, Funder: IEEE & IBM, Year: 2012
  • "UCC Global eHealth Scholarship", Funding: €3,000, Funder: GlaxoSmithKline, Year: 2013/14
  • "Creating global partnerships through capacity building in research and education", Funding: $5,000, Funder: Fulbright Commission of Ireland - Fulbright Specialist Award (Professor Nathalis Wamba), Year: 2014
  • "A Technology Enhanced Learning approach to teaching clinical skills to nursing students – are smartphone apps the answer learners want?", Funding: €1,138, Funder: University College Cork, Ireland, Year: 2013/14
  • "Young Forum Gastein (YFG) Scholarship 2014", Funding: €2,500, Funder: European Commission & World Health Organisation, Year: 2014
  • "Young Forum Gastein (YFG) Alumni Scholarship 2015", Funding: €2,500, Funder: European Commission & World Health Organisation, Year: 2015
  • "Young Forum Gastein (YFG) Alumni Scholarship 2016", Funding: €2,500, Funder: European Commission & World Health Organisation, Year: 2016
  • “Smartphone applications in clinical nursing education and practice - exploring their design, development & use – SMART NURSE”, Funding: $10,000, Funder: Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), Year: 2014/15
  • “House of Memories – evaluating the impact of a co-designed mobile app for people with dementia”, Funding: £7,500 Small Grants Programme, Funder: Burdett Nursing Trust, UK, Year: 2015/16
  • “Social media in nursing & midwifery education: a systematic review of the literature”, Funding: $5,000, Funder: National League of Nursing & Sigma Theta Tau International, Year: 2016/17
  • "Exploring nursing students’ opinions of barriers and facilitators to engagement and enrolment in digital health (eHealth)", Funding: £3,500, Funder: University of Glasgow, UK, Year: 2016/17
  • "Building informatics curricula for nursing and midwifery education: a collaborative international approach (INFORM)", Funding: £5,000, Funder: Fulbright Commission - Fulbright Specialist Award, Year 2016/17
  • "Monica Baly Bursary - Derek Hoy a Scottish Nurse Informatician", Funding: £1,000, Funder: RCN Foundation, Year: 2016/17

Non-Napier PhD or MSc by Research supervisions

  • "The Impact Of Mobile Health Applications On Self-Management In Adult With Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus", PhD Candidate: Dr Benard Ayaka Bene, Institution: Imperial College London
  • "Information quality frameworks in eHealth systems", PhD Candidate: Dr Philip Fadahunsi, Institution: Imperial College London