Joanne O'Keeffe


  • Room 02.012 - Sociology and Social Work

    United Kingdom


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Research Interests

Joanne is particularly interested in research with children and young people in the area of academic attainment, health and wellbeing, in particular those children and young people from socio-economic disadvantaged backgrounds. She completed her PhD, ‘A Feasibility Study and a Pilot Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial of the PAX ‘Good Behaviour Game’ in Disadvantaged Schools’ in 2019. Joanne is an accredited Partner Trainer for PAX Good Behaviour Game ©. 

Joanne has also worked on numerous randomized controlled trials in education (RCTs). She has worked for the University for over 15 years and has experience of working across many different projects including international research projects and more recently providing evaluation support for the University’s Widening Participation Unit (WPU). Working as part of the WPU team Joanne advises on suitable evaluation strategies of outreach delivery and supports the team with developing an evidence-based practice within the Unit.

Joanne is a member of the the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work Ethics Committee. Internationally, she sits as the Program Chair for the American Education and Research Association Cooperative Learning Special Interest Group and is an Editorial Board Member for the International Journal of Educational Research.

Joanne is an accredited Office for National Statistics safe researcher.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education


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