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Dr Siobhan O'Dwyer

Dr Siobhan O'Dwyer

Senior Lecturer (Ageing & Family Care)

 

Overview

Dr Siobhan O’Dwyer is a Senior Lecturer in Ageing and Family Care. She grew up in Australia and is indebted to the Yuggera and Ngunnwal people, on whose land she lived and worked before moving to the UK. 

Siobhan’s research focuses on the wellbeing of family carers and older adults, with a particular emphasis on suicide, homicide, and self-harm. This research is conducted in collaboration with service providers and community organisations. It has also received extensive media coverage, led to changes in practice and policy, and informed the play Yielding (shortlisted for Best New Australian Work in 2019) and the large-scale animated light projection The Invisible Carer. Siobhan's research is also interdisciplinary and international; she collaborates with colleagues across archaeology, anthropology, history, psychology, nursing, media studies, and law, and across the UK, Europe, the USA, and Australia.   

Siobhan teaches on the Medical Sciences Programme. She is the Pathway Lead for Health Research and leads undergraduate modules on research methods and ethics. In 2019 she won the University of Exeter Students' Guild Research Inspired Teaching Award. 

Siobhan tweets at @Siobhan_ODwyer and serves on the Board of Trustees for CoLab Exeter & the Editorial Board of Behavioral Sciences. She believes the path to good research is paved with cake.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology; 2003)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Human Movement Studies; 2009)
  • Graduate Certificate in Education (Higher Education; 2010)

Career

2008 - 2010
Senior Research Officer, National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre (Australia)

2010 - 2015
Research Fellow, Griffith University (Australia)

2016 - current
Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter

 

Research

Research interests

  • Family carers
  • Suicide, homicide, and self-harm
  • Dementia
  • Social media
  • Academic career development

Research projects

University of Exeter Arts and Culture Fellowship. McKenzie & O'Dwyer. (University of Exeter, 2019)

 

SHuSH! A research network on Suicide, Homicide, and Self-Harm in parent carers. O'Dwyer, Janssens, Maras, Stallard, Slater, Mars, Biddle, Moran & Hastings. (GW4, 2019)

 

Care, the great human tradition: A multi-disciplinary collaborative exploration of family care across time and culture. McKenzie, O'Dwyer & Danely. (Wellcome Trust, 2018)

 

Intervention Development for Alzheimer's Clinical Training (INTERACT). Ballard, Clare, Corbett, O'Dwyer, Savage & Testad. (Alzheimer's Society, 2018). 

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Publications by category


Journal articles

Talbot CV, O'Dwyer ST, Clare L, Heaton J, Anderson J (2020). How people with dementia use twitter: a qualitative analysis. Computers in Human Behavior, 102, 112-119. Abstract.  Full text.
Anderson JG, Eppes A, O'Dwyer ST (2019). "Like Death is Near": Expressions of Suicidal and Homicidal Ideation in the Blog Posts of Family Caregivers of People with Dementia. Behav Sci (Basel), 9(3). Abstract.  Author URL.
Anonymous Members of the Peninsula Public Involvement Group, Liabo K, O'Dwyer S (2019). Research Commentary: a Carer's Roadmap for Research, Practice, and Policy on Suicide, Homicide, and Self-Harm. Behav Sci (Basel), 9(5). Abstract.  Author URL.
Moyle W, Jones C, Murfield J, Thalib L, Beattie E, Shum D, O'Dwyer S, Mervin MC, Draper B (2018). Effect of a robotic seal on the motor activity and sleep patterns of older people with dementia, as measured by wearable technology: a cluster-randomised controlled trial. Maturitas, 110, 10-17. Abstract.
Talbot C, O'Dwyer S, Clare L, Heaton J, Anderson J (2018). Identifying people with dementia on Twitter. Dementia (London) Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
O'Dwyer ST, Pinto S, McDonough S (2018). Self-care for academics: a poetic invitation to reflect and resist. Reflective Practice
Mervin MC, Moyle W, Jones C, Murfield J, Draper B, Beattie E, Shum DHK, O'Dwyer S, Thalib L (2018). The Cost-Effectiveness of Using PARO, a Therapeutic Robotic Seal, to Reduce Agitation and Medication Use in Dementia: Findings from a Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial. J Am Med Dir Assoc, 19(7), 619-622.e1. Abstract.  Author URL.
O'Dwyer ST, Moyle W, Taylor T, Creese J, Zimmer-Gembeck M (2017). In Their Own Words: How Family Carers of People with Dementia Understand Resilience. Behav Sci (Basel), 7(3). Abstract.  Author URL.
Moyle W, Jones C, Murfield J, Draper B, Beattie E, Shum D, Thalib L, O'Dwyer S, Mervin CM (2017). Levels of physical activity and sleep patterns among older people with dementia living in long-term care facilities: a 24-h snapshot. Maturitas, 102, 62-68. Abstract.
Moyle W, El Saifi N, Draper B, Jones C, Beattie E, Shum D, Thalib L, Mervin C, O’Dwyer S (2017). Pharmacotherapy of Persons with Dementia in Long-term Care in Australia: a Descriptive Audit of Central Nervous System Medications. Current Drug Safety, 12(2).
Kang Y, Moyle W, Cooke M, O'Dwyer S (2017). Qualitative evaluation of a delirium prevention and management programme. J Clin Nurs, 26(23-24), 4574-4582. Abstract.  Author URL.
Cash T, Moyle W, O'Dwyer S (2017). Relationships in consumer-directed care: an integrative literature review. Australas J Ageing, 36(3), 193-204. Abstract.  Author URL.
Kang Y, Moyle W, Cooke M, O'Dwyer S (2017). South Korean Family Caregiver Involvement in Delirium Care: a Qualitative Descriptive Study. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 43(12), 44-51.
Joling KJ, O'Dwyer ST, Hertogh CMPM, van Hout HPJ (2017). The occurrence and persistence of thoughts of suicide, self-harm and death in family caregivers of people with dementia: a longitudinal data analysis over 2 years. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 33(2), 263-270.
Moyle W, Jones CJ, Murfield JE, Thalib L, Beattie ERA, Shum DKH, O'Dwyer ST, Mervin MC, Draper BM (2017). Use of a Robotic Seal as a Therapeutic Tool to Improve Dementia Symptoms: a Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 18(9), 766-773. Abstract.
Kang Y, Moyle W, Cooke M, O'Dwyer ST (2016). An educational programme to improve acute care nurses' knowledge, attitudes and family caregiver involvement in care of people with cognitive impairment. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, 31(3), 631-640.
Petriwskyj A, Parker D, O’Dwyer S, Moyle W, Nucifora N (2016). Interventions to build resilience in family caregivers of people living with dementia. JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, 14(6), 238-273.
Nović A, Kõlves K, O’Dwyer S, Leo DD (2016). Migraine and Suicidal Behaviors. The Clinical Journal of Pain, 32(4), 351-364.
Moyle W, Beattie E, Draper B, Shum D, Thalib L, Jones C, O'Dwyer S, Mervin C (2015). Effect of an interactive therapeutic robotic animal on engagement, mood states, agitation and psychotropic drug use in people with dementia: a cluster-randomised controlled trial protocol: Table 1. BMJ Open, 5(8), e009097-e009097.
O'Dwyer ST, Moyle W, Taylor T, Creese J, Zimmer-Gembeck MJ (2015). Homicidal ideation in family carers of people with dementia. Aging & Mental Health, 20(11), 1174-1181.
Petriwskyj A, Parker D, O'Dwyer S, Moyle W, Nucifora N (2015). Interventions to build resilience in family carers of people living with dementia: a systematic review protocol. The JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, 13(7), 44-44.
O'Dwyer ST, Moyle W, Zimmer-Gembeck M, De Leo D (2015). Suicidal ideation in family carers of people with dementia. Aging & Mental Health, 20(2), 222-230.
Moyle W, Jones C, Sung B, Bramble M, O’Dwyer S, Blumenstein M, Estivill-Castro V (2015). What Effect Does an Animal Robot Called CuDDler Have on the Engagement and Emotional Response of Older People with Dementia? a Pilot Feasibility Study. International Journal of Social Robotics, 8(1), 145-156.
Moyle W, Jones C, Cooke M, O’Dwyer S, Sung B, Drummond S (2014). Connecting the person with dementia and family: a feasibility study of a telepresence robot. BMC Geriatrics, 14(1).
O’Dwyer ST, Moyle W, Pachana NA, Sung B, Barrett S (2014). Feeling that life is not worth living (death thoughts) among middle-aged, Australian women providing unpaid care. Maturitas, 77(4), 375-379.
Moyle W, Cooke ML, Beattie E, Shum DHK, O'Dwyer ST, Barrett S, Sung B (2014). Foot Massage and Physiological Stress in People with Dementia: a Randomized Controlled Trial. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 20(4), 305-311.
Moyle W, Cooke ML, Beattie E, Shum DHK, O’Dwyer ST, Barrett S (2014). Foot massage versus quiet presence on agitation and mood in people with dementia: a randomised controlled trial. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 51(6), 856-864.
Sritoomma N, Moyle W, Cooke M, O’Dwyer S (2014). The effectiveness of Swedish massage with aromatic ginger oil in treating chronic low back pain in older adults: a randomized controlled trial. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 22(1), 26-33.
O'Dwyer S, Moyle W, van Wyk S (2013). Suicidal ideation and resilience in family carers of people with dementia: a pilot qualitative study. Aging & Mental Health, 17(6), 753-760.
O'Dwyer ST, Moyle W, Zimmer-Gembeck M, De Leo D (2013). Suicidal ideation in family carers of people with dementia: a pilot study. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, n/a-n/a.
O'Dwyer ST, Moyle W, Zimmer-Gembeck M, De Leo D (2013). Suicidal ideation in family carers of people with dementia: a pilot study. International journal of geriatric psychiatry, 28(11), 1182-1188. Abstract.
Moyle W, Cooke M, O’Dwyer ST, Murfield J, Johnston A, Sung B (2013). The effect of foot massage on long-term care staff working with older people with dementia: a pilot, parallel group, randomized controlled trial. BMC Nursing, 12(1).
O'Dwyer ST, Moyle W (2013). Using Google Adwords to recruit family carers of people with dementia. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 33(2), 128-131.
Moyle W, O’Dwyer S (2012). Quality of life in people living with dementia in nursing homes. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 1-1.
Vaughan S, Morris N, Shum D, O’Dwyer S, Polit D (2012). Study protocol: a randomised controlled trial of the effects of a multi-modal exercise program on cognition and physical functioning in older women. BMC Geriatrics, 12(1).
Moyle W, Murfield JE, O’Dwyer S, Van Wyk S (2012). The effect of massage on agitated behaviours in older people with dementia: a literature review. Journal of Clinical Nursing, no-no.
Netchanok S, Wendy M, Marie C, Siobhan O (2012). The effectiveness of Swedish massage and traditional Thai massage in treating chronic low back pain: a review of the literature. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 18(4), 227-234.
Moyle W, Johnston ANB, O'Dwyer ST (2011). Exploring the effect of foot massage on agitated behaviours in older people with dementia: a pilot study. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 30(3), 159-161.
O'Dwyer ST, Burton NW, Pachana NA, Brown WJ (2007). Protocol for Fit Bodies, Fine Minds: a randomized controlled trial on the affect of exercise and cognitive training on cognitive functioning in older adults. BMC Geriatrics, 7(1).

Chapters

O'Dwyer ST, De Leo D (2016). Older adults and suicide. In Wasserman D (Ed) Suicide an Unnecessary Death, Oxford University Press. Abstract.
O'Dwyer ST, McDonough S, Jefferson R, Goff J, Redman-MacLaren M (2016). Writing groups in the digital age: a case study analysis of Shut up & Write Tuesdays. In Esposito A (Ed) Research 2.0 and the impact of digital technologies on scholarly inquiry, Pennsylvania, USA: IGI Global.

Conferences

Moyle W, Jones C, Cooke M, O'Dwyer S, Sung B, Drummond S (2013). Social robots helping people with dementia: Assessing efficacy of social robots in the nursing home environment.  Abstract.

Publications by year


2020

Talbot CV, O'Dwyer ST, Clare L, Heaton J, Anderson J (2020). How people with dementia use twitter: a qualitative analysis. Computers in Human Behavior, 102, 112-119. Abstract.  Full text.

2019

Anderson JG, Eppes A, O'Dwyer ST (2019). "Like Death is Near": Expressions of Suicidal and Homicidal Ideation in the Blog Posts of Family Caregivers of People with Dementia. Behav Sci (Basel), 9(3). Abstract.  Author URL.
Anonymous Members of the Peninsula Public Involvement Group, Liabo K, O'Dwyer S (2019). Research Commentary: a Carer's Roadmap for Research, Practice, and Policy on Suicide, Homicide, and Self-Harm. Behav Sci (Basel), 9(5). Abstract.  Author URL.

2018

Moyle W, Jones C, Murfield J, Thalib L, Beattie E, Shum D, O'Dwyer S, Mervin MC, Draper B (2018). Effect of a robotic seal on the motor activity and sleep patterns of older people with dementia, as measured by wearable technology: a cluster-randomised controlled trial. Maturitas, 110, 10-17. Abstract.
Talbot C, O'Dwyer S, Clare L, Heaton J, Anderson J (2018). Identifying people with dementia on Twitter. Dementia (London) Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
O'Dwyer ST, Pinto S, McDonough S (2018). Self-care for academics: a poetic invitation to reflect and resist. Reflective Practice
Mervin MC, Moyle W, Jones C, Murfield J, Draper B, Beattie E, Shum DHK, O'Dwyer S, Thalib L (2018). The Cost-Effectiveness of Using PARO, a Therapeutic Robotic Seal, to Reduce Agitation and Medication Use in Dementia: Findings from a Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial. J Am Med Dir Assoc, 19(7), 619-622.e1. Abstract.  Author URL.

2017

O'Dwyer ST, Moyle W, Taylor T, Creese J, Zimmer-Gembeck M (2017). In Their Own Words: How Family Carers of People with Dementia Understand Resilience. Behav Sci (Basel), 7(3). Abstract.  Author URL.
Moyle W, Jones C, Murfield J, Draper B, Beattie E, Shum D, Thalib L, O'Dwyer S, Mervin CM (2017). Levels of physical activity and sleep patterns among older people with dementia living in long-term care facilities: a 24-h snapshot. Maturitas, 102, 62-68. Abstract.
Moyle W, El Saifi N, Draper B, Jones C, Beattie E, Shum D, Thalib L, Mervin C, O’Dwyer S (2017). Pharmacotherapy of Persons with Dementia in Long-term Care in Australia: a Descriptive Audit of Central Nervous System Medications. Current Drug Safety, 12(2).
Kang Y, Moyle W, Cooke M, O'Dwyer S (2017). Qualitative evaluation of a delirium prevention and management programme. J Clin Nurs, 26(23-24), 4574-4582. Abstract.  Author URL.
Cash T, Moyle W, O'Dwyer S (2017). Relationships in consumer-directed care: an integrative literature review. Australas J Ageing, 36(3), 193-204. Abstract.  Author URL.
Kang Y, Moyle W, Cooke M, O'Dwyer S (2017). South Korean Family Caregiver Involvement in Delirium Care: a Qualitative Descriptive Study. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 43(12), 44-51.
Joling KJ, O'Dwyer ST, Hertogh CMPM, van Hout HPJ (2017). The occurrence and persistence of thoughts of suicide, self-harm and death in family caregivers of people with dementia: a longitudinal data analysis over 2 years. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 33(2), 263-270.
Moyle W, Jones CJ, Murfield JE, Thalib L, Beattie ERA, Shum DKH, O'Dwyer ST, Mervin MC, Draper BM (2017). Use of a Robotic Seal as a Therapeutic Tool to Improve Dementia Symptoms: a Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 18(9), 766-773. Abstract.

2016

Kang Y, Moyle W, Cooke M, O'Dwyer ST (2016). An educational programme to improve acute care nurses' knowledge, attitudes and family caregiver involvement in care of people with cognitive impairment. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, 31(3), 631-640.
Petriwskyj A, Parker D, O’Dwyer S, Moyle W, Nucifora N (2016). Interventions to build resilience in family caregivers of people living with dementia. JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, 14(6), 238-273.
Nović A, Kõlves K, O’Dwyer S, Leo DD (2016). Migraine and Suicidal Behaviors. The Clinical Journal of Pain, 32(4), 351-364.
O'Dwyer ST, De Leo D (2016). Older adults and suicide. In Wasserman D (Ed) Suicide an Unnecessary Death, Oxford University Press. Abstract.
O'Dwyer ST, McDonough S, Jefferson R, Goff J, Redman-MacLaren M (2016). Writing groups in the digital age: a case study analysis of Shut up & Write Tuesdays. In Esposito A (Ed) Research 2.0 and the impact of digital technologies on scholarly inquiry, Pennsylvania, USA: IGI Global.

2015

Moyle W, Beattie E, Draper B, Shum D, Thalib L, Jones C, O'Dwyer S, Mervin C (2015). Effect of an interactive therapeutic robotic animal on engagement, mood states, agitation and psychotropic drug use in people with dementia: a cluster-randomised controlled trial protocol: Table 1. BMJ Open, 5(8), e009097-e009097.
O'Dwyer ST, Moyle W, Taylor T, Creese J, Zimmer-Gembeck MJ (2015). Homicidal ideation in family carers of people with dementia. Aging & Mental Health, 20(11), 1174-1181.
Petriwskyj A, Parker D, O'Dwyer S, Moyle W, Nucifora N (2015). Interventions to build resilience in family carers of people living with dementia: a systematic review protocol. The JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, 13(7), 44-44.
O'Dwyer ST, Moyle W, Zimmer-Gembeck M, De Leo D (2015). Suicidal ideation in family carers of people with dementia. Aging & Mental Health, 20(2), 222-230.
Moyle W, Jones C, Sung B, Bramble M, O’Dwyer S, Blumenstein M, Estivill-Castro V (2015). What Effect Does an Animal Robot Called CuDDler Have on the Engagement and Emotional Response of Older People with Dementia? a Pilot Feasibility Study. International Journal of Social Robotics, 8(1), 145-156.
Workman Bolt E (2015). Yielding.  Abstract.

2014

Moyle W, Jones C, Cooke M, O’Dwyer S, Sung B, Drummond S (2014). Connecting the person with dementia and family: a feasibility study of a telepresence robot. BMC Geriatrics, 14(1).
O’Dwyer ST, Moyle W, Pachana NA, Sung B, Barrett S (2014). Feeling that life is not worth living (death thoughts) among middle-aged, Australian women providing unpaid care. Maturitas, 77(4), 375-379.
Moyle W, Cooke ML, Beattie E, Shum DHK, O'Dwyer ST, Barrett S, Sung B (2014). Foot Massage and Physiological Stress in People with Dementia: a Randomized Controlled Trial. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 20(4), 305-311.
Moyle W, Cooke ML, Beattie E, Shum DHK, O’Dwyer ST, Barrett S (2014). Foot massage versus quiet presence on agitation and mood in people with dementia: a randomised controlled trial. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 51(6), 856-864.
Sritoomma N, Moyle W, Cooke M, O’Dwyer S (2014). The effectiveness of Swedish massage with aromatic ginger oil in treating chronic low back pain in older adults: a randomized controlled trial. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 22(1), 26-33.

2013

Moyle W, Jones C, Cooke M, O'Dwyer S, Sung B, Drummond S (2013). Social robots helping people with dementia: Assessing efficacy of social robots in the nursing home environment.  Abstract.
O'Dwyer S, Moyle W, van Wyk S (2013). Suicidal ideation and resilience in family carers of people with dementia: a pilot qualitative study. Aging & Mental Health, 17(6), 753-760.
O'Dwyer ST, Moyle W, Zimmer-Gembeck M, De Leo D (2013). Suicidal ideation in family carers of people with dementia: a pilot study. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, n/a-n/a.
O'Dwyer ST, Moyle W, Zimmer-Gembeck M, De Leo D (2013). Suicidal ideation in family carers of people with dementia: a pilot study. International journal of geriatric psychiatry, 28(11), 1182-1188. Abstract.
Moyle W, Cooke M, O’Dwyer ST, Murfield J, Johnston A, Sung B (2013). The effect of foot massage on long-term care staff working with older people with dementia: a pilot, parallel group, randomized controlled trial. BMC Nursing, 12(1).
O'Dwyer ST, Moyle W (2013). Using Google Adwords to recruit family carers of people with dementia. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 33(2), 128-131.

2012

Moyle W, O’Dwyer S (2012). Quality of life in people living with dementia in nursing homes. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 1-1.
Vaughan S, Morris N, Shum D, O’Dwyer S, Polit D (2012). Study protocol: a randomised controlled trial of the effects of a multi-modal exercise program on cognition and physical functioning in older women. BMC Geriatrics, 12(1).
Moyle W, Murfield JE, O’Dwyer S, Van Wyk S (2012). The effect of massage on agitated behaviours in older people with dementia: a literature review. Journal of Clinical Nursing, no-no.
Netchanok S, Wendy M, Marie C, Siobhan O (2012). The effectiveness of Swedish massage and traditional Thai massage in treating chronic low back pain: a review of the literature. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 18(4), 227-234.

2011

Moyle W, Johnston ANB, O'Dwyer ST (2011). Exploring the effect of foot massage on agitated behaviours in older people with dementia: a pilot study. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 30(3), 159-161.

2007

O'Dwyer ST, Burton NW, Pachana NA, Brown WJ (2007). Protocol for Fit Bodies, Fine Minds: a randomized controlled trial on the affect of exercise and cognitive training on cognitive functioning in older adults. BMC Geriatrics, 7(1).

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Teaching

Pathway Lead for Health Research in the Medical Sciences Programme. Module Lead for CSC2007 (Introduction to Health Research) and CSC2017 (Ethical Issues in Health Research). Dissertation supervisor for CSC4020 (Research Project).

 

Modules

2019/20


Supervision / Group

Postdoctoral researchers

  • Anna Sansom

Postgraduate researchers

  • Anastasiia Kovalenko
  • Catherine Talbot
  • Jason Weetch

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