Convenor biograpic info

Daryl O’Connor

Professor of Psychology, Institute of Psychological Sciences, University of Leeds (UK)
[interests: health psychology, biological psychology, stress & health, hormones & behaviour, personality]

Lectures in health psychology. Past Chair of the BPS Division of Health Psychology and BPS Psychobiology Section, currently Deputy Chair, BPS Research Board. Health Psychologist with strong interests in psychobiology and leads the Health and Social Psychology Research Group at the Institute of Psychological Sciences, University of Leeds. Joint Editor-in-Chief of international journal Psychology & Health. Current research focuses on: i) investigating the effects of stress and psychological interventions on health outcomes (e.g. ambulatory blood pressure, eating, cortisol and the cortisol awakening rise) and understanding the role of individual differences variables (e.g. conscientiousness, alexithymia, perfectionism) within the stress process; ii) examining the behavioural effects of testosterone in healthy and ageing men (collaborating with the European Male Ageing Study group), in particular on, sexual behaviour, mood, aggression and cognitive function.


Selected publications:

*O’Connor, D.B., Walker, S., Hendrickx, H., Talbot, D., & Schaefer, A. (2012). Stress-related thinking predicts the cortisol awakening response and somatic symptoms in healthy adults. Psychoneuroendocrinology. In press.
*O’Connor, D.B. et al. (2011). The relationships between sex hormones and sexual function in middle-aged and elderly European men. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 96, E1577-1587.
*O’Connor, D.B., Hendrickx, H., Dadd, T., Talbot, D., Mayes, A., Elliman, T., Willis, T. &  Dye, L. (2009). Cortisol Awakening Rise in Middle-aged Women in Relation to Chronic Psychological Stress. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 34, 1486-1494.
*O’Connor, D.B., Conner, M., Jones, F., McMillan, B. & Ferguson, E. (2009). Exploring the benefits of conscientiousness: An investigation of daily stressors and health behaviors. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 37, 184-196.
*O’Connor, D.B., Jones, F., Conner, M., McMillan, B., & Ferguson, E. (2008). Effects of daily hassles and eating style on eating behavior. Health Psychology, 27, S20-31