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Dr Siobhan O'Dwyer

Dr Siobhan O'Dwyer

Senior Lecturer (Ageing & Family Care)

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South Cloisters 2.38

Dr Siobhan O’Dwyer is a Senior Lecturer in Ageing and Family Care, and a member of the REACH group. She has qualifications in Psychology, Human Movement Studies, and Higher Education. From 2008 to 2010, Siobhan conducted applied research and policy development at the National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre (Canberra, Autralia). From 2011 to 2015 she held a number of Research Fellowships at Griffith University (Brisbane, Australia), including positions with the Centre for Health Practice Innovation and the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention.

Siobhan’s research focuses on the wellbeing of older adults and family carers. Her research on suicide and homicide risk in people caring for family members with dementia was a world-first. It was also covered extensively in the Australian media, led to changes in practice and policy, and informed the play Yielding. Siobhan has also contributed to Professor Wendy Moyle’s research on innovative, non-pharmacological approaches to managing the symptoms of dementia, including large trials of massage therapy and robotic animals, and pilot studies of telepresence robots.

In conducting her research Siobhan works closely with the service providers and community organisations that support older people and family carers. She has been a carer herself and understands the importance of conducting research that leads to practical outcomes. Siobhan is also the founder of Shut Up and Write Tuesdays, tweets at @Siobhan_ODwyer, blogs at Research That Cares, and believes that the path to good research is paved with cake.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts (2003)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (2009)
  • Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (2010)

Career

Selected Recent Media Coverage

Selected Invited Media Commentary

 

Research

Research interests

  • Suicide and homicide risk in family carers
  • Resilience in family carers
  • Non-pharmacological approaches to dementia care
  • Social media
  • Academic career development

Research projects

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Publications by category


Journal articles

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.
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 Abstract.  Author URL.
Cash T, Moyle W, O'Dwyer S (2017). Relationships in consumer-directed care: an integrative literature review. Australas J Ageing Abstract.  Author URL.
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
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
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, 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


2017

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.
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 Abstract.  Author URL.
Cash T, Moyle W, O'Dwyer S (2017). Relationships in consumer-directed care: an integrative literature review. Australas J Ageing Abstract.  Author URL.
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

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
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.

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, 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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