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Dr. Erna O'Connor
Asst Prof in Social Work/Fieldwork Co-Or, Sch Office - Social Work & Social Policy

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Quigley, Duana; Poole, Claire; Whiting, Sinead; O'Connor, Erna; Gleeson, Claire; Alpine, Lucy, University student experiences of work-based placements during COVID-19 pandemic: An inter-disciplinary survey of allied health and social work students., Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning, 2022 Journal Article, 2022 DOI

Audrey Roulston, Helen Cleak, David Hayes, Paula McFadden, Erna OConnor, and Caroline Shore. , To fail or not to fail: enhancing our understanding of reasons why social work students failed practice placements (2015-2019), Social Work Education , 2021, p1 - 17 Journal Article, 2021 URL

Social work mobility in Europe: a case study from Ireland in, editor(s)Allen Bartley and Liz Beddoe , Transnational Social Work Opportunities and challenges of a global profession., Great Britain, Policy Press, 2018, pp241 - 260, [Walsh, T, Wilson, G & O'Connor, E.] Book Chapter, 2018

Psychosocial Aspects of Illness and Health: Challenges and Opportunities for Social Work in, editor(s)Christie, A., Featherstone, B., Quin, S., & Walsh, T. , Social Work in Ireland: Changes and Continuities, London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, pp142 - 158, [O'Connor, E & Wilson, E.] Book Chapter, 2015

Walsh T., Wilson G., O'Connor E., , Local, European and Global: An Exploration of Migration Patterns of Social Workers into Ireland, British Journal of Social Work, Advance Access, 2009 Journal Article, 2009

Wilson G.,O'Connor E., Walsh T.,Kirby M., , Reflections on practice learning in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland:Lessons from student experiences., Social Work Education, 28, (6), 2009, p631 - 645 Journal Article, 2009

An overview of the development of health related social work in Ireland in, editor(s)Kearney, N. and Skehill, C. , A History of Social Work in Ireland, Dublin, Institute of Public Administration, 2005, [Horne, M., & O'Connor, E.] Book Chapter, 2005

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

O'Connor, E, The [Re]Turn to Relationship-based Social Work, The Irish Social Worker, 2017, p14 - 19 Journal Article, 2017

O'Connor, E., O'Driscoll, S., & Winston, A., Bereavement - When Someone Close Dies, Dublin: Department of Health, 2007 Report, 2007

O'Connor, E., New Approaches in Practice Teaching and Learning, 2006, Trinity College Meetings /Conferences Organised, 2006

O'Connor, E., O'Driscoll, S., & Winston, A., Children and Bereavement, Palliative Care Today, Irish Supplement, 4, 1997 Journal Article, 1997

O'Connor, E., O'Driscoll, S., & Winston, A., When Someone Close Dies: A Handbook on Adult & Child Bereavement, Dublin, Department of Health, 1996 Book, 1996



Member of the National Critical Incident Stress Management Forum

Beaumont Hospital representative on the steering committee

Member of organizing committee of a series of national conferences

Delegate at EU conferences on psychosocial care in major emergencies 1996 and 2001

Chairperson of the management committee of the Coolock and Darndale Home Care Service 1998-1999

Member of IASW - Medical Social Work Special Interest Group 1994-1995

Member of the Panel of Assessors (NQSWB) for the Advanced Diploma in fieldwork practice and supervision (social work) University College Cork. 2006


Irish Association of Social Work. 2007 – To date.