Dr Siobhán O'Connor is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Health Sciences and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Western University, Canada. She has a multidisciplinary background in both nursing and information systems, completing her PhD in health informatics, and has more than 15 years combined experience in industry, clinical practice, and higher education. Her teaching and research focus on the design, implementation, and use of technology in healthcare, with a particular interest in software, hardware, and computing systems that can support patient self-management. She also undertakes pedadogical research exploring digital, online, or virtual forms of learning to educate nursing students and nurse practitioners in university and clinical settings. Before rejoining the Division of Nursing, Midwifery, and Social Work at the University of Manchester, she was a lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, UK.
Dr O'Connor has received a number of 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 Innovate UK, the Chief Scientist Office, the Burdett Trust for Nursing, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Irish Health Research Board, the Royal College of Nursing, Sigma Nursing, and the US-UK Fulbright Commission. She has published over 40 peer-reviewed scientific articles including empirical studies, systematic and literature reviews, discussion and editorials, and a book chapter, along with numerous blogs, newspaper, and magazine articles. Dr O'Connor supervises Masters and PhD students across a range of topics in clinical and nursing informatics including mobile health or health apps, telehealth or telecare, wearable or assisted living devices, gaming technologies, robotics, artificial intelligence, and virutal or augmented reality.