Angela O'Dea

Post Doctoral Researcher B.A., M.Sc., Ph.D.,

Contact Details

Post Doctoral Researcher
School of Nursing
& Midwifery
NUI Galway

T: Ext. 3608


Dr. Angela O’Dea is a research psychologist currently employed as a post-doctoral researcher in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at NUI Galway. She received her B.A. (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Glamorgan in Wales in 1996; M.Sc. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in 1997; and Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland in 2002. Dr. O’Dea’s research involved using statistical models to investigate the role of leaders in determining safety outcomes in the offshore oil and gas industry.

Dr. O’Dea moved to the United States in 2002 where she took a position as a Research Scientist with Klein Associates, a division of Applied Research Associates - in Dayton Ohio. During her time at Klein Associates Dr. O’Dea served as Principal Investigator on large-scale research projects for the military, foreign and US government agencies and various high reliability organizations. Project experience includes: investigating individual and team decisionmaking (and situation awareness) in critical environments, investigating teamworking and collaboration in collocated and distributed teams, designing evaluating and delivering training and instructional materials, supporting the design and development decision support systems. In May 2009 Dr O’Dea joined the Naval Postgraduate School to take the position of Chair of the Institutional Review Board, where she remained until July 2010 at which point she returned to Ireland. Her research interests include safety and error management, naturalistic decisionmaking, decision-centered research and decision centered design, team working, leadership and training, Health care and health services research.