Dr Nicola O'Connell is a Research Fellow in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin. She has an interest in trial methodologies, health intervention, medically unexplained symptoms and public health research. She coordinates the We Can Quit2 study, a randomised controlled trial testing the feasibility of a smoking cessation intervention for women from deprived areas in Ireland. She has previously worked as a post doctoral fellow in the Department of Psychological Medicine at King's College London, testing a psychological therapy for patients with muscular dystrophies. She holds a PhD from the Department of Psychosis Studies at King's College London where she examined presentations of functional neurological disorder (FND) to mental health and acute stroke medicine settings. Prior to obtaining her PhD she worked at the Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry, Queen Mary University of London and at the Geary Institute, University College Dublin.