• Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

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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 numerous 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 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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    Patterns of care and dropout rates from outpatient mental healthcare in low-, middle- and high-income countries from the World Health Organization’s World Mental Health Survey Initiative

    Fernandez, D., Vigo, D., Sampson, N., Hwang, I., Aguilar-Gaxiola, S., Al-Hamzawi, A., Alonso, J., Andrade, L., Bromet, E., de Girolamo, G., de Jonge, P., Florescu, S., Gureje, O., Hinkov, H., Hu, C., Karam, E., Karam, G., Kawakami, N., Kiejna, A., Kovess-Masfety, V. & 11 others, Medina-Mora, M., Navarro-Mateu, F., Ojagbemi, A., Piazza, M., Posada-Villa, J., Rapsey, C., Williams, D., Xavier, M., Ziv, Y., Kessler, R. & Haro, J-M., 28 Apr 2020, In : Psychological Medicine.

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  • Perceived helpfulness of treatment for major depressive disorder: findings from the WHO World Mental Health Surveys

    Harris, Kazdin, chiu, Sampson, Aguilar-Gaxiola, Al-Hamzawi, Alonso, Altwaijri, Andrade, Cardoso, Cia, Florescu, Gureje, Hu, Karam, Karam, Mneimneh, Navarro-Mateu, Oladeji, O'Neill, S. & 8 others, Scott, Slade, Torres, Vigo, Wojtyniak, Zarkov, Ziv & Kessler, 31 Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : JAMA Psychiatry.

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  • Suicide in Northern Ireland: epidemiology, risk factors, and prevention

    O'Neill, S. & O'Connor, R., 30 Jun 2020, In : Lancet Psychiatry. 7, 6, p. 538-546 9 p.

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    Inaugural Award for Industry-Academic Collaboration

    Gillian Cameron (Recipient), Mulvenna, Maurice (Recipient), Bond, Raymond (Recipient) & O'Neill, Siobhan (Recipient), 10 Apr 2019


    Winner, Research Excellence Award

    O'Neill, Siobhan (Recipient), Mulvenna, Maurice (Recipient), Bond, Raymond (Recipient), Ennis, Edel (Recipient), Turkington, Robin (Recipient) & Alexander Grigorash (Recipient), 27 Aug 2020


  • Activities

    PSNI wellbeing conference 2019

    Siobhan O'Neill (Keynote speaker)

    29 Oct 2019 → …

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Special EU Programmes Board annual conference 2019

    Siobhan O'Neill (Keynote speaker)

    Nov 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    National Suicide Research Foundation (External organisation)

    Siobhan O'Neill (Member)

    1 Aug 2019

    Activity: MembershipMembership of board

    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, ...