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Siobhan Corrigan
Assistant Professor, Psychology


Assistant Professor Siobhán Corrigan is Director of the Masters in Managing Risk and System Change and Assistant Director of the Centre for Innovative Human Systems (CIHS), School of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin. Siobhán lectures in areas of Organisational Behaviour, Psychology of Work, Leadership, Human Factors, & Research Methods and has published widely in her field. Her research focuses on understanding the functioning of socio-technical systems in order to support industry with the complexities of managing system change and improving overall risk and safety performance. Siobhán's current research interests include Collaborative Networks & Learning; Understanding Behaviour & Managing Risk in Transport Operations; Leadership & the Application of Human Factors in Healthcare Safety. She is PI on a number of industry/research collaborations and has played a leading role on high profile EU funded Human Factor research projects. She has had continuous and successful engagement with a range of industries (e.g., Aviation, Manufacturing, Pharmaceutical, Health & Process). Siobhán is a certified Human Factor trainer and has substantial experience in the development, delivery & evaluation of core Human Factors training. She is also an active member of a number of working groups both at EU and national level tasked with setting the research agenda for the future.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Leadership & Teamwork: Ensuring effective inter-disciplinary teamwork and learning in healthcare. in, editor(s)Elizabeth Curtis and John Cullen , Leadership and Change for the Health Professional, , Open University Press, 2017, [Corrigan, S] Book Chapter, 2017 URL

Corrigan, S & Curtis, E, Facilitating Informal Learning in Nursing, British Journal of HealthCare Management, 23, (1), 2017, p22 - 27 Journal Article, 2017 URL

McAuliffe, E., De Brún, A., Ward, M., O'Shea, M, Cunningham, U., O'Donovan, R., McGinley, S., Fitzsimons, J., Corrigan, S., & McDonald, N., Collective Leadership and Safety Cultures (Co-Lead): Protocol for a mixed methods pilot evaluation of the impact of a co-designed collective leadership intervention on team performance and safety culture in a hospital group in Ireland" , British Medical Journal Open, 2017 Journal Article, 2017

Corrigan, S., Zon, R., Maij, A., Martensson, L. McDonald, N., A Collaborative Learning Framework & Serious Game Development, Journal of Cognition, Technology & Work, 17, (2), 2015, p269 - 278 Journal Article, 2015 URL

Samuel Cromie, Derek Ross, Siobhan Corrigan , Paul Liston, Darragh Lynch and Evangelos Demosthenous, Integrating human factors training into safety management and risk management: a case study from aviation maintenance, Journal of Risk and Reliability, 2015, p1 - 9 Journal Article, 2015 URL DOI

Corrigan, S. Martensson, L., Kay, A., McDonald, N., Implementing Collaborative Decision Making: Challenges & Recommendations., Journal of Cognition, Technology & Work, 17, (2), 2015, p207 - 218 Journal Article, 2015 URL

Corrigan, S., McDonald, N.(ed.), European Association of Aviation Psychology, Valetta, Malta, 22-26 Sept, 2014, 2014 Proceedings of a Conference, 2014 URL

McDonald, N., Corrigan, S., Ulfvengen, P. & Baranzini, D.(ed.), HCI International Conference, Crete, Greece, 22-27 June,, 2014 Proceedings of a Conference, 2014

Corrigan, S., McDonald, N., What Makes for Successful Change: Evidence from Industrial-Based Research, Journal of Airport Management, 8, 2014 Journal Article, 2014 URL

Samuel Cromie, Paul Liston, Derek Ross, Siobhan Corrigan, Lindita Vani, Darragh Lynch, Solonas Demosthenous, Chiara Leva, Vangelis Demosthenous, Human and Organisational Factors Training as a Risk Management Strategy in an Aviation Maintenance Company, Chemical Engineering Transactions, 33, 2013 Journal Article, 2013 TARA - Full Text

Understanding Probability in, Elizabeth A. Curtis and Jonathan Drennan , Quantitative Health Research: Issues and Method, Open University Press & McGraw-Hill Education, 2013, [Corrigan, S] Book Chapter, 2013 URL

Corrigan, S, Zon, R, Maji, A, Mc Donald, N, Mårtensson, L, Collaborative Learning & Serious Game Development, SESAR Innovation Days 2013, Stockholm, Sweden, 26-28 Nov 2013, 2013 Conference Paper, 2013

Gubbins, C., Corrigan, S., Garavan, T., O Connor, C., Leahy, D., Murphy, E , Evaluating a Tacit Knowledge Management Initiative: its Business Value, ROI and the Challenges, International Journal of Training & Development. , (8), 2012 Journal Article, 2012

Mc Donald, N., Corrigan, S., Morrison, R., Leva, C. , Achieving Impact through Human Factors Research , Irish Journal of Psychology, 33, (2-3), 2012 Journal Article, 2012

Koumaditis Konstantinos, Themistocleous Marinos, Philip Byrne, Derek Ross, Samuel Cromie, Siobhan Corrigan, , Investigating Human Factors in Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Manufacturing industries, European, Mediterranean & Middle Eastern Conference on Information Systems 2011, Athens, Greece, May 30-31 2011, 2011, pp294 - 305 Conference Paper, 2011 TARA - Full Text

Koumaditis Konstantinos, Themistocleous Marinos, Philip Byrne, Derek Ross, Samuel Cromie, Siobhan Corrigan, Investigating Human Factors in Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Manufacturing industries, European, Mediterranean & Middle Eastern Conference on Information Systems 2011, Athens, Greece, 30-31 May 2011, 2011, pp294 - 305 Conference Paper, 2011 TARA - Full Text

Corrigan, S.., Cooke, M., Garavan, T.N., Gubbins, C., Cromie, S., , An Understanding of Manufacturing Operational Contexts in Enhancing Successful Implementation & Sustainability of Re-Skilling/Multi-Skilling Interventions, 11TH International Conference on Human Resource Development. , Pecs, Hungary, 2nd - 4th June, 2010, 2010 Conference Paper, 2010

Journal of Cognition Technology & Work, Volume 17, Issue 2, (2005), 189 - 278p, Corrigan, Siobhán, [eds.] Journal, 2005 URL

An organizational approach to human factors in, editor(s)Hayward, B.J. and Lowe A.R. , Aviation Resource Management, Aldershot, Ashgate, 2002, pp51 - 61, [N. McDonald, S. Corrigan, S. Cromie & C. Daly] Book Chapter, 2002

Mc Donald, N, Corrigan, S, Daly, C & Cromie, S., Safety Management Systems and Safety Culture in Aircraft Maintenance Organisations, Safety Science, 34, (1-3), 2000, p151 - 176 Journal Article, 2000

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Derek Ross, Loukia Loukopopolous, Evangelos Demosthenous, Andreas, Hadjinicolaou, Siobhan Corrigan, Sam Cromie, STAMINA BPM Training Course, 2011, - Miscellaneous, 2011

Corrigan, S., Leva, C., Mc Donald, N., Ulfvengren, P , The Challenges of Organisational Change: What has Human Factors to Offer, Irish Ergonomics Conference, Dublin, Ireland, 2011 Conference Paper,

Research Expertise


I have had continuous and successful engagement in industrial based research projects. The core focus of my research has been on advancing the socio-technical understanding of managing the completies of change management in order to support industry in improving overall risk and operational performance. My core funding has been a result of my participation in EU funded projects right from the BriteEuram programme in 1996 right up until EUFP7 in 2016. I am PI on an Erasmus+ project that is due to commence in October 2017 and PI on an EU EIT Raw Materials project that is due to commence in January 2018. I am PI on an EU COST Acion proposal that was submitted in September 2017 and PI on a proposal under the 2020 Transport programme. I have also been successful with national funding as I am currently a Co-Applicant in a HRB funded project and PI on two directly funded industry projects. Due to the industrial focus of many of the research projects that I have led, the research dissemination has been characterised by numerous reports to industry, various working groups on policy and practice as well as academic publications (xxx) The products and services we take for granted in our everyday lives are mostly the result of complex systems that are contingent on the interplay between technology, people, process, knowledge, organisational goals and regulatory demands. At the core are people, designing, operating, managing and improving the system to produce outputs and as consumers we are rarely conscious of these systems until they let us down (e.g., a flight is delayed, treatment delays in healthcare, train derails etc). The unique contribution of my research is to put the human at the centre of its analysis - systems and processes have to work for people and they can only do this if the role of humans is central. My research has focused on the development of concepts, tools and methodologies that can understand, diagnose and provide an implementation road map to change these systems and processes. These developments are continually tested in collaborative based research and practice across a range of industries (e.g., aviation, rail, maritime) that provides an academically rigorous but practical focus on risk and change management. The underlying themes that underpin my action based research programme include the following: (i) rich modelling of normal operational practice, the unique contribution of this modelling is that it moves beyond just a linear task based approach to one that captures the more tacit/informal knowledge and social interactions that are not always visible within our organisations; (ii) socio-technical analysis of the 'blockers' and 'facilitators', highlighting the vulnerabilities and risks in the system; (iii) assessing and managing the risk in the overall change process itself; (iv) understanding the behaviour of individuals at all levels within an organisation, particular focus on leadership; and (v) framework for learning and collaboration to support implementation and evaluation. Building on this extensive research experience, network of industrial/research collaborators and core conceptual and methodological framework my research plan is to apply the learning and further test the applicability of my approach within two specific sectors: Leadership & Implementing Change in Healthcare and the Application of Human Factors in Connected & Autonomous vehicles. As a result of my involvement in various working groups, I have succeeded in getting these issues on the research agenda. My future research agenda will continue to pose the following question: how can complex systems which carry critical risks become more resilient and successfully implement the necessary change? My future research programme will be directly linked with the Masters programme where the research outputs will be transferred into the Masters programme to bridge gaps in competence of our industries to manage risk and change.


Managing Change in Complex Organisations; Organisation design, development, theory, behaviour; Organisational evolution/change; Organisational Learning; Organisational safety culture; ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE; ORGANIZATIONAL DYNAMICS; PSYCHOLOGY; RISK FACTOR AWARENESS; RISK MANAGEMENT; SAFETY CULTURE



Psychology Monitor for OPEN Education, Dublin City University (DCU) September 2006

Peer Reviewer Journal of Cognition, Technology & Work May 2010

Member of the EU ERTRAC working group (European Road Transport Research Advisory Council), which is responsible for setting the objectives for the next Strategic Research Agenda. 2015

Editor of Special Edition entitled 'Managing System Change in Aviation: What Makes for Successful Change' in of Journal of Cognition, Technology & Work. May 2015.

Collaborator on HRB Research Leaders Award project 'Collective Leadership & Safety Cultures' -School of Nursing, Midwifery, Health Systems, UCD 2016

Chairperson on Strand on Skills, Learning & Education (National Aviation & Aerospace Association(NAAA) 2013

Reviewer for for Human Mental Work-Load Models & Application Conference June 2017

Member of European Association of Applied Psychologists (EAAP)

Member of Safety in Health Sciences Working Group collaborating with UCD,DCU,NUIG,UL,UCC, RSCI, St Vincent's Hospital Group 2013

European Commission Network of Excellence: Member the on Intelligent Manufacturing Systems Working Group 2002-2004

Awards and Honours

Finalist in Aviation R&D Awards 2015


British Psychological Society Member of the Register of Competence in Occupational Testing: Level A Psychological Testing Competency Level B Psychological Testing Competency 1999 – 2012

Member of the National Aviation & Aerospace Association (NAAA) and chairperson on the strand on Skills, Learning & Education 2013

Member of the HEAnet (National Educational & Research Network) working group on examining Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) and other e-learning and teaching solutions. 2012

Member of the ERTRAC working group (European Road Transport Research Advisory Council), which is responsible for setting the objectives for the next Strategic Research Agenda 2015

Member of the CAV Working Group (Connected and Automated Vehicle 2017

Member of Safety in Health Sciences Working Group collaborating with UCD,DCU,NUIG,UL,UCC, RSCI, St Vincent's Hospital Group 2013 – present

Last updated 4 June 2015 School of Psychology (Email).