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. She currently supervises postgraduate students on these topics and 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 Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the the RSE Young Academy of Scotland and Young Forum Gastein. Siobhan is also an active member of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) eHealth forum, NHS Scotland NMAHP digital health network and Sigma Theta Tau International (Phi Mu chapter).


Research Areas


Fellowships and Awards

  • RCN Foundation - Impact Award 2018
  • Wellcome - Ideas Hub Awardee 2018
  • 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)
  • ACU Commonwealth Summer School Scholarship 2015 (Association of Commonwealth Universities)
  • Young Forum Gastein Scholarship 2014 (European Commission & WHO)
  • Young Forum Gastein Alumni Scholarship 2015 (European Commission & WHO)
  • TEDMED Frontline Scholarship 2014
  • 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)


External Examining/Validations

  • Council of Deans of Health, Student Leadership Programme - Mentorship Scheme 2018
  • Council of Deans Student Leadership Programme - Mentorship Scheme 2017


Membership of Professional Body

  • European Academy of Nursing Science,
  • Higher Education Academy (Fellow)
  • RSE Young Academy of Scotland,
  • Sigma Theta Tau International (Phi Mu chapter),


Media Activity

  • Equality is not just about ticking boxes – tapping into talent benefits us all


Public/Community Engagement

  • Celebrating 70 years of nursing and midwifery in NHS Scotland
  • “Our Future Scotland” film premiere and panel debate at Scottish Parliament
  • “Youth Film-making Competition” at the Edinburgh International Film Festival
  • Voices of the Future 2018 with the Parliamentary Select Committee at the Houses of Parliament, Westminster
  • STEM Ambassador - Larbert High School, Falkirk
  • STEM Ambassador - Lornshill Academy, Alloa



  • Invited Peer Reviewer for the Journal of Advanced Nursing
  • Invited Peer Reviewer for Nurse Education Today,
  • Invited Peer Reviewer for the International Journal of Older People’s Nursing,
  • International Judge on the Undergraduate Awards (Nursing & Midwifery panel),
  • Invited Peer Reviewer for BMJ Open,
  • Invited Peer Reviewer for the Journal of Medical Internet Research


Conference Activity

  • Member of the RSE organising committee for the Interdisciplinary Learning in Education (IDL) Conference 2019
  • Member of the organising committe for the IHAW Student-led Conference, 2015.
  • Organised an "Aging and our Future Selves " workshop delivered by Prof Sarah Kagan


Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Membership application reviewer for the RSE Young Academy of Scotland
  • Member of the international judging panel for the Undergraduate Awards,
  • Member of the international judging panel for the European Health Award
  • Member of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) eHealth Forum,
  • Member of the NMAHP eHealth newtork in NHS Scotland,


Invited Speaker

  • Embracing 21st century technology in nursing education. McGill University Student Research Conference, Montreal, Canada, 5th May.
  • Preparing Nursing Students for the Digital Future. Holyrood’s policy event - Nursing 2030 Vision: Preparing, Supporting and Retaining the Workforce, Edinburgh, UK, 19th April.
  • Preparing the Informatics Workforce in the United Kingdom. TIGER Virtual Learning Environment – Global Webinar. Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), 19th April.
  • Nursing in a post-Brexit world and the implications for healthcare in Scotland. British Academy - Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Health Challenges Workshop, University of Glasgow, UK, 5th June.
  • RSE Young Academy of Scotland briefing. Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 29th January.
  • mHealth Apps Panel Discussion - Digital World Health Forum, London, UK, 8th December 2015
  • Research into innovative forms of teaching and learning in nursing education - University College Cork, Ireland, 7th April 2014
  • 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, 10th November 2017.
  • Using social media to engage nurses in policy development – A case study of #CNOScot. Holyrood The Value of Scotland’s Nurses, 7th June 2017.
  • 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, 9th November 2016.
  • Implementing digital health for real: what factors affect participation. Bloomberg Emerging Nurse Scholars Forum, University of Toronto, 9th May 2017.


Editorial Activity

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


Grant Reviewer

  • Grant Reviewer for the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland,
  • Grant Reviewer for the National League for Nursing (NLN) Nursing Education proposals,


Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • "i-CARE: Improved Medical Care Access", Funding: $3,000, Funder: IEEE & IBM, Year: 2012
  • "Evaluating an iPhone application to teach the clinical skills of nursing students", Funding €2,000, Funder: Health Research Board (HRB) of Ireland, 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 life and work of Derek Hoy: a Scottish Nursing Informatician". Undergraduate student: Miss Claire Daly on a Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland Vacation Scholarship
  • "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