BiographyNiamh O’ Brien (B.Ed., M.Ed.) is an existing PhD candidate in University College Cork. Niamh teaches on the B.Ed Sports Studies and Physical Education Programme, in the School of Education, at University College Cork (UCC). Niamh's main teaching responsibilities include teaching subjects in Health, Health Promotion, Health over the Life-Course, Sports Medicine, Disability and Physical Education Pedagogy, and Skills Acquisition. Additionally, Niamh supervises Final Year thesis projects within the area of mental health, self- efficacy and special education needs.
Niamh’s PhD research is seeking to evaluate a mental health education, and physical activity promotion intervention programme known as State of Mind Ireland for students within Irish Higher Education. Niamh received first class honours in both her Degree in Primary School teaching from Froebel College of Education in 2011, and Master of Education Degree in Waterford Institute of Technology in 2015. Other research interests include; physical education, wellbeing, psychology, behaviour, pedagogy, special education needs, education theory and intervention design. Prior to her post in UCC, Niamh worked as as a primary school teacher and delivering specificitied and evidence-based educations model for Down Syndrome Ireland.