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Dr Siobhan O’Connor is a Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. She has a multidisciplinary background with honours BSc Business Information Systems and BSc Nursing, and a PhD in health informatics. She teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate level and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Dr O'Connor is also a guest lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, USA and conducts pedagogical research on technology enabled learning such as using social media, podcasts, and mobile apps to support learning among nursing students and practice staff. Her clinical research explores how different technologies can be co-designed, implemented, and used by patients, carers, and nurses to support self-management of long-term chronic illness and promote healthy lifestyles and behaviours. These digital tools include telehealth or telecare systems, mobile health applications (mHealth), online or web-based health services, gaming, and wearable or assisted living devices. Emerging technologies such as virtual reality, avatars, robotics, and artificial intelligence (AI) are also research areas of interest. Dr O'Connor is an Associate Editor at the International Journal of Older People Nursing, Treasurer of the RSE Young Academy of Scotland and a Florence Nightingale Foundation Scholar.

Dr Alison Mayne delivered a cracking oral presentation at the inaugral CDCS Cancelled Conference Conference held virtually via Zoom on 16th June 2020. As conferences around the world have been cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the Centre for Data, Culture & Society provided a platform for digital scholars to share their latest ideas and […]

An abstract on the VRinMind study has been accepted to the Design 4 Health conference taking place in Amsterdam in July 2020. Dr Alison Mayne will go to present the paper “VRinMind: Knowledge co-creation in designing immersive virtual reality experiences to support mindfulness practice” on behalf of the research team. Established in 2011, Design4Health […]

An abstract on the VRinMind study has been accepted to the 13th International Congress on Nursing Informatics (NI2020) taking place in Brisbane, Australia in July 2020. Dr Siobhan O’Connor will go to present the poster “Virtual Reality based Mindfulness application to improve pain management (VRinMind): A Feasibility Study Protocol” on behalf of the team […]

The first VRinMind workshop kicked off today, 18th February, and was a jam-packed day with participants getting opportunities to use a number of virtual reality (VR) technologies and share their creative insights into what might work for mindfulness practice in a VR app. Nine people came from far and wide, with some making their way […]

Preparations are well underway for our first co-design workshop on virtual reality (VR) with people who practice mindfulness on Tuesday 18th February 2020. With a large, inviting space booked in the David Hume Tower and a range of participants signed up, it will be a fun day of exploring different virtual reality technologies. Some Oculus […]

The VRinMind team had a wonderful new addition recently when Dr Alison Mayne (@knittyphd) joined the project in November 2019 as a Research Fellow. Alison completed her PhD at Sheffield Hallam University exploring craft and wellbeing on social media. She brings a strong qualitative research background to the VRinMind study with a unique grounding in […]

VRinMind is being led by Dr Siobhán O’Connor from the School of Health in Social Science and Beverley Hood from Edinburgh College of Art. The interdisciplinary research project was funded by the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences 2019 Challenge Fund. It is currently ongoing and is due to be completed in April 2020.

VRinMind is developing a virtual reality based mindfulness application to help people manage chronic pain. 60 million people suffer from chronic pain worldwide. Managing pain can be helped by practicing mindfulness, a self-directed at-home practice that uses gentle exercises and relaxation techniques. University of Edinburgh researchers are working on VRinMind, a project employing virtual reality […]


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