Professor Siobhan O'Neill
Professor of Mental Health Sciences
- School of Psychology
- Research Institute
- Psychology Research Institute
- Magee campus
- +44 28 7012 3893
Siobhan O’Neill is a Professor of Mental Health Sciences at Ulster University. Her current research programmes focus on trauma and suicidal behaviour in Northern Ireland (NI) and novel interventions for mental health and suicidal behaviour. Siobhan has expertise in qualitative and quantitative (epidemiology and survey) research methods.
Prior to joining Ulster University in 2000, she completed a degree in psychology at the Queen's University of Belfast and a masters in health psychology at NUI Galway. She also worked as a Public Health Researcher, conducting evaluations of health services and users’ experience of care.
Between 2005 and 2008 Siobhan coordinated the largest ever study of mental health in Northern Ireland, the NI Research and Development Office funded, NI Study of Health and Stress. This study revealed the high proportions of the NI population who had unmet mental health needs and the extent of mental health disorders associated with the NI conflict.
She is also a coordinator of the NI suicide study, a study of the characteristics of completed suicides and undetermined deaths. She is responsible for the dissemination of the research findings on trauma and suicide to policy makers and stakeholders in NI.
Siobhan is a member of the World Mental Health Survey Consortium, a Director of the Irish Association of Suicidology and Youthlife, and an advisor to several organisations who provide services and interventions for mental health and suicide prevention and sits on several national and international research committees.
She has over 70 publications in peer-reviewed journals, including several ground breaking studies of mental health and suicidal behaviour in Northern Ireland. She is part of the World Mental Health Gender and Mental-Physical Comorbidity workgroups and led the world mental health paper linking mental illness with the subsequent development of cancer.
For further information see her website and research gate profile.
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- The moderating impact of childhood adversity profiles and conflict on psychological health and suicidal behavior in the Northern Ireland populationPsychiatry ResearchDate: (2018)
- Population Attributable Fractions of psychopathology and suicidal behaviour associated with childhood adversities in Northern IrelandChild Abuse & NeglectDate: (2018)
- SUICIDAL THOUGHTS AND BEHAVIORS AMONG FIRST-YEAR COLLEGE STUDENTS - RESULTS FROM THE WMH-ICS PROJECTJournal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent PsychiatryDate: (2018)
- Facilitation of Child Health Research in hospital settings; The views of nursesJournal of Clinical NursingDate: (2018)
- SUICIDAL THOUGHTS AND BEHAVIORS AMONG COLLEGE STUDENTS AND SAME-AGED PEERS: RESULTS FROM THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION WORLD MENTAL HEALTH SURVEYSSocial Psychiatry and Psychiatric EpidemiologyDate: (2018)
- Previous Mental Disorders and Subsequent Onset of Chronic Back or Neck pain: Findings from 19 CountriesThe Journal of PainDate: (2018)
- Mental health, behavioural problems and treatment seeking among students commencing university in Northern IrelandPLOS ONEDate: (2017)
- Exposure to Trauma and Mental Health Service Engagement Among Adults Who were Children of the Northern Ireland Troubles of 1968 to 1998Journal of Traumatic StressDate: (2017)
- Death by suicide at the Ward level in Northern IrelandPsychological MedicineDate: (2017)
- Towards a chatbot for digital counsellingDate: (2017)