Affiliation: Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy, Centre for Health and Rehabilitation Technologies (CHaRT), Institute Nursing and Health Research, University of Ulster.
Dr Brenda O’Neill was appointed to Ulster University in 1998 and initially held a joint appointment as a physiotherapy lecturer practitioner with University of Ulster and Belfast Trust from 1998 to 2003. She has extensive clinical experience and is actively involved in research and development in respiratory health in collaboration with local hospitals and with international colleagues. Her research areas are Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, pulmonary rehabilitation, Bronchiectasis, self-management, and rehabilitation after ICU/critical illness. She completed her PhD in 2005 on the topic of oxygen therapy and was awarded a Distinguished Research Award from the University of Ulster in 2006. Since then her work has been recognised with other awards such as the Northern Ireland Healthcare Award 2003 and 2008 (projects in COPD), the British Thoracic Award for innovation and excellence in education 2012 (highly commended), and Research and Impact award Ulster University 2017 (shortlisted finalist). Brenda has over 60 publications and has obtained funding from a range of sources towards research and development in respiratory care. She has successfully supervised PhD and MSc students and contributes to several editorial activities. Her research outputs and activities inform teaching and learning and impact on clinical practice.