Dr Niamh O’ Brien (B.Ed., M.Ed., PhD) 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. Prior to her post in UCC, Niamh worked as a primary school teacher in both the mainstream classroom and the special education support team. Her teaching expertise pertains to Autism Spectrum Conditions and social skills learning, literacy and numeracy in special education and positive behaviour management.
Niamh was awarded her PhD in Education from UCC in 2020. She was also a recipient of The Éadbhard O’Callaghan Award for Excellence in Youth Mental Health Research in 2020. 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.
Niamh’s current research seeks to investigate the role of wellbeing in education throughout evaluating the efficacy of mental health education and physical activity promotion intervention programmes for students within Irish Higher Education. Other research interests include physical education, teacher and student wellbeing, psychology, behaviour, pedagogy, special education needs, education theory and intervention design.