Professor Daryl O'Connor
- Position: Professor of Psychology
- Areas of expertise: Stress and health; stress interventions; cortisol; personality and health; behaviour change and screening; behavioural effects of testosterone
- Email: D.B.OConnor@leeds.ac.uk
- Phone: +44(0)113 343 5727
- Website: Laboratory for Stress and Health Research (STARlab) | Twitter | LinkedIn | Researchgate | ORCID
Daryl O'Connor is Professor of Psychology, University of Leeds. He completed his PhD at the Department of Psychology, University of Liverpool and then took up a World Health Organisation funded post-doctoral position at the Department of Endocrinology, Manchester Royal Infirmary (University of Manchester). In September 2000, he joined the School of Psychology, the University of Leeds as a Lecturer, later becoming Senior Lecturer and then Professor of Psychology. Daryl was Deputy Head of the School between 2006 and 2011. Daryl is the Convenor of the European Federation of Psychology Associations (EFPA) Board of Scientific Affairs, Chair of the British Psychological Society’s (BPS) Research Board and is a Trustee of the BPS. He is also a past Chair of the BPS Division of Health Psychology and the BPS Psychobiology Section and, together with Mark Conner, he is currently joint Editor-in-Chief of the journal Psychology & Health. He is also on the editorial board of the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Journal of Behavioral Medicine and Stress and Health and recently was invited to join the editorial committee for Annual Review of Psychology. In 2011, Daryl was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, in 2014 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, in 2015, he was elected a Distinguished International Affiliate of the American Psychological Association's Division 38 (Health Psychology) and in 2017 he was elected Fellow to the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research.
Daryl is a registered health psychologist with strong research interests in psychobiology and currently leads the Health and Social Psychology Research Group in the School as well as heads up the Group's Laboratory for Stress and Health Research (STARlab). Daryl’s current research focuses on: i) investigating the effects of stress and psychological interventions on health outcomes (e.g., suicide behaviour, blood pressure, eating, cortisol reactivity and diurnal cortisol levels) and understanding the role of individual differences variables (e.g. conscientiousness, rumination, perseverative cognition) within the stress process, ii) examining the behavioural effects of testosterone in healthy and ageing men and iii) exploring the effects of implementation intentions-based interventions on screening behaviours. His work has been published extensively in leading international journals in his field and it has frequently featured on radio and television and in the national and international press. In addition, to his own recent work, Daryl has also been actively involved in promoting open science and improving psychological science nationally and across Europe.