Siobhan O'Neill


  • Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

  • 2399 Citations
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Professor Siobhan O’Neill is a Professor of Mental Health Sciences at Ulster University.   Prior to joining Ulster University in 2000, Siobhan 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.   In 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 illness associated with the NI conflict. Siobhan is also a coordinator of the NI suicide study, a study of the characteristics of over 1600 suicides and undetermined deaths.   Siobhan is a member of the World Mental Health Survey Consortium, a Director of youth counselling charity, Youthlife and the National Suicide Research Foundation. She sits on the steering group of the appreciative inquiry North Belfast and the National Confidential Inquiry into suicide and safety in mental health. Siobhan is an advisor to I Am Here Tribe and and several other suicide prevention and mental health organisations who provide services and interventions for mental health and suicide prevention. She sits on national and international research committees. She has over 140 publications in peer-reviewed journals, including several ground breaking studies of mental health and suicidal behaviour in Northern Ireland.   Her current research programmes focus on maternal mental health, mental health in school children, and the transgenerational transmission of Troubles related trauma. She is currently involved in studies of mental health in students, the biological basis of mental illness and suicidal behaviour, and suicide crisis line caller behaviour and outcomes.

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Mental Health Medicine & Life Sciences
Northern Ireland Medicine & Life Sciences
Mental Disorders Medicine & Life Sciences
Health Surveys Medicine & Life Sciences
Suicide Medicine & Life Sciences
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Medicine & Life Sciences
Students Medicine & Life Sciences
Interviews Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2000 2019

A comparison of DSM-5 and DSM-IV agoraphobia in the World Mental Health Surveys

Roest, A., de Vries, Y. A., Lim, C., Wittchen, H-U., Stein, D., Adamowski, T., Al-Hamzawi, A., Bromet, E., Viana, M. C., di Girolamo, G., Demyttenaere, K., Florescu, S., Gureje, O., Haro, J. M., Hu, C., Karam, E., Caldas‐de‐Almeida, J. M., Kawakami, N., Lepine, J. P., Levinson, D. & 10 othersMedina Mora, M. E., Navarro-Mateau, F., O'Neill, S., Piazza, M., Posada‐Villa, J. A., Slade, T., Torres, Y., Kessler, R., Scott, K. & de Jonge, P., 4 Jun 2019, In : Depression and Anxiety. 36, 6, p. 499-510 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Health Surveys
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
Mental Health
Panic Disorder

Addressing the legacy of Northern Ireland’s past

O'Neill, S. & Hamber, B., 18 Mar 2019, 2 p. Belfast

Research output: Other contribution

university teacher

Assessing the Usability of a Chatbot for Mental Health Care

Cameron, G., Cameron, D., Megaw, G., Bond, RR., Mulvenna, M., O'Neill, S., Armour, C. & McTear, M., 17 Apr 2019, Internet Science: INSCI 2018 International Workshops, St. Petersburg, Russia, October 24–26, 2018, Revised Selected Papers. Følstad, A., Halpin, H., Niedermayer, H., Bodrunova, S. S., Smoliarova, A., Koltsova, O., Kolozaridi, P. & Yuldashev, L. (eds.). Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019: Springer Verlag, Vol. 11551. p. 121-132 11 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); vol. 11551 LNCS).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Mental Health
Delivery of Health Care
Self Concept

Behaviour Analytics of Users Completing Ecological Momentary Assessments in the Form of Mental Health Scales and Mood Logs on a Smartphone App

Bond, RR., Moorhead, A., Mulvenna, M., O'Neill, S., Potts, C. & Murphy, N., 10 Sep 2019, ECCE 2019 - Proceedings of the 31st European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics: ''Design for Cognition''. Mulvenna, M. & Bond, R. (eds.). New York, NY, USA, p. 203-206 4 p. (ICPS).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Application programs

Characteristics of Lifeline, crisis line, service users who have died by suicide

Ramsey, C., Ennis, E. & O'Neill, SM., 30 Jun 2019, In : Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior. 49, 3, p. 777-788 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Management Information Systems
Northern Ireland
Research Design
Control Groups

Activities 2006 2019

  • 3 Membership of board
  • 1 Participating in a conference, workshop, ...
  • 1 Membership of committee

National Suicide Research Foundation (External organisation)

Siobhan O'Neill (Member)
1 Aug 2019

Activity: MembershipMembership of board

National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Safety in Mental Health (External organisation)

Siobhan O'Neill (Member)
1 Sep 2019

Activity: MembershipMembership of committee

Co-Chair of the 30th World Congress of the International Association for Suicide Prevention

Siobhan O'Neill (Participant)
1 Oct 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

Youthlife (External organisation)

Siobhan O'Neill (Member)
1 Jan 2016

Activity: MembershipMembership of board

Irish Association of Suicidology (External organisation)

Siobhan O'Neill (Member)
1 Jan 2006

Activity: MembershipMembership of board