Dr Siobhan O'Dwyer

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BA (Hons), PhD

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DCRC-CC, Collaborator

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Research Centre for Clinical and Community Practice Innovation


Dr Siobhan O'Dwyer is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Health Practice Innovation (Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University). She has a background in Psychology and Human Movement Studies and has previously worked in the not-for-profit sector. From 2011 - 2013 she held a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre (Carers and Consumers) and from 2013 - 2014 she held a joint appointment between the Centre for Health Practice Innovation and the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP). She currently holds a Career Development Fellowship from the DCRC:CC

Siobhan’s research focuses on the wellbeing of people with dementia and their carers. She leads a team of researchers conducting ground-breaking research on suicide and homicide risk in family carers. She is also a member of a research team, led by Professor Wendy Moyle, that explores the role of social robotics in dementia care and non-pharmacological approaches to managing the symptoms of dementia. 

In conducting her research Siobhan works closely with the service providers and community organisations that support people with dementia and their carers on a daily basis. She has been a carer herself and understands the importance of conducting research that will lead to practical outcomes. Siobhan also supervises graduate students, is the founder and host of Shut Up & Write Tuesdays, and believes the path to good research is paved with cake. She tweets at @Siobhan_ODwyer and her resources and reflections can be found at Research That Cares.