Moira O’Connor

Associate Professor Moira O’Connor is a Senior Research Fellow at Curtin University, Perth WA. Moira’s program of research focuses on psychological aspects of cancer and palliative care including: palliative care family carers’ needs, the experiences and needs of children with a parent with cancer, patient distress in hospital and community settings using the Distress Thermometer, paediatric radiation therapy, bereavement risk assessment in palliative care, interventions for complications of grief including prolonged grief disorder, the role of the interdisciplinary team, and challenges facing health professionals in oncology and palliative care settings. Moira’s work has contributed significantly to our understanding of the needs of patients and family members, particularly children, who are living with cancer or are receiving palliative care. Over the last 5 years Moira has secured over 2 million dollars of funding and has published over 70 articles in quality, high impact journals, and chapters. Moira has supervised 21 PhD student projects to completion. Moira’s community engagement includes being on the local Boards of Palliative Care WA and Huntington’s WA, and being on the national Board of Palliative Care Australia. She was academic lead for the WA Palliative Care Research Collaborative and she is currently Director of Graduate Research in the School of Psychology, Curtin University.