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Dr. Niamh O’Brien is an educator and researcher with a strong academic background in the field of education. She holds a PhD in Education from University College Cork (2020), an MEd from South East Technological University (2015), and a BEd from Froebel College of Education (2010). Niamh has eight years of experience in primary school teaching, specializing in areas such as Autism Spectrum Conditions, social skills learning, literacy, numeracy in special education, and positive behaviour management. She has received several awards, including The Éadbhard O’Callaghan Award for Excellence in Youth Mental Health Research in 2020 and a Teaching Hero Award in 2021 from the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

Niamh's expertise lies in the field of wellbeing in schools and organisations. She has contributed to the academic community with peer-reviewed publications and presentations at conferences. Currently, she is involved in various research projects related to mental health in education, both in Ireland and internationally. Niamh holds positions as a lecturer and research supervisor, and she actively participates in committees and projects at South East Technological University. Her work focuses on enhancing the educational experience and promoting wellbeing for students and educators.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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