Siobhan O'Connor, B.Sc., CIMA CBA, B.Sc., RN, Ph.D.


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Senior Lecturer, DNMSW, School of Health Sciences

Adjunct Associate Professor, Western University, Canada

Deputy, Healthy Ageing Research Group

Programme Director, MClin Res Clinical Research

Co-chair, Education Advisory Panel of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) Nursing Informatics Working Group

Fellow, Faculty of Clinical Informatics



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 with bachelor's degrees in both nursing and information systems, completing her PhD in health informatics, and has nearly 20 years combined experience in industry, clinical practice, and higher education. Her teaching and research focus on co-designing, testing, and implementing technologies in healthcare, with a particular interest in software, hardware, and computing systems 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. She has held lectureships at several universities including the University of Edinburgh before joining the Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work at the University of Manchester.

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 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 won a RCN Foundation Impact Award in 2018 for her 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 articles including empirical studies, systematic and literature reviews, editorials, and book chapters, along with numerous blogs, newspaper, and magazine articles. She also co-chairs the International Medical Informatics Association - Nursing Informatics (IMIA-NI) education advisory panel and is a Fellow of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics. 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 and telecare, wearable or assisted living (smart home) devices, gaming technologies, robotics, artificial intelligence, and virtual or augmented reality.


Contribute to both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, learning, and assessment and supervision of Masters students and doctoral candidates.

Bachelor in Nursing (Adult) degree programme

  • Understanding Evidence Based Nursing Practice (NURS10042)
  • Nurses as an Inquirer of Clinical Evidence (NURS31360)
  • Nurse Education in Practice (NURS41012)

MSc Adult Nursing (pre-registration)

  • Knowledge & Skills for Nursing Practice (NURS70012)

MSc Advanced Leadership programme

Masters by Research

  • Critical Appraisal and Evidence Synthesis (NURS60015)

Supervision of PhD students

  • S. Hoodless, Topic: "Technology assisted implementation of FaME falls prevention programme among community-dwelling older adults", funded by The Dunhill Medical Trust, 2022 to 2026

My collaborations

  • Digital Health and Social Care Research Group, The University of Manchester, UK
  • Dr Richard Booth, Western University, Canada
  • Dr Jay Jung Jae Lee, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Professor Declan Devane, University of Galway, Ireland

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

Areas of expertise

  • RT Nursing
  • Nursing / clinical informatics
  • Digital health
  • eHealth
  • Technology
  • Primary care
  • Technology Enhanced Learning
  • Education

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures
  • Institute for Data Science and AI
  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute


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