Siobhan graduated from the University of Cambridge with a BA in Natural Science in 2005, and from Durham University with a BSc in Psychology in 2007. She went on to complete an MSc in Health and Exercise Psychology at the University of Northumbria in 2010. In 2020 Siobhan was awarded a PhD from the University of Leeds. Her doctoral research was funded by the Yorkshire and Humber Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research (CLAHRC) and the School of Psychology, University of Leeds. The research evaluated video reflexive ethnography as a tool for the improvement of teamwork and communication in multi-disciplinary healthcare teams, focusing specifically on the MDT handover in maternity services. In October 2019 Siobhan took up a post with the Yorkshire & Humber Patient Safety Translational Research Centre working as a Research Fellow on the PFI-SII project, which aims to improve meaningful improvement of patients and their families in the serious incident investigation process.
Siobhan has a broad range of interests which centre of the use of theory and qualitative methods to understand and improve healthcare quality and safety. Principle interests include improvement in non-technical skills linked to safety outcomes, teamwork and communication in healthcare teams, and the involvement of patients and staff in patient safety. Siobhan is also interested in exploring the use of video reflexivity as an improvement tool.