Professor Daryl O'Connor

Professor Daryl O'Connor

Professor of Psychology

+44 (0)113 343 5727

Summary: Daryl is a Health Psychologist with interests in psychobiology. He investigates the impact of stress, personality and psychological interventions on health and the effects of testosterone in men.

Location: Room 1.01, Psychology Building



Daryl O'Connor 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). The research programme examined the effects of exogenous testosterone on behaviour (eg  aggression, mood), cognitive function and sexual function in men. In September 2000, he joined the Institute of Psychological Sciences, University of Leeds as a Lecturer, later becoming Senior Lecturer and then Professor of Psychology. Daryl was Deputy Director of the Institute between 2006 and 2011 and heads up the Laboratory for Stress and Health Research (STARlab) and leads the Institute's Health and Social Psychology Research Group. Together with Mark Conner, Daryl is the joint Editor-in-Chief of Psychology & Health. In 2011, Daryl was elected an Fellow by the Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS) for his significant contribution to the Social Sciences, in 2014, Daryl was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), and in 2015, he was elected a Distinguished International Affiliate of the American Psychological Association's Division 38 (Health Psychology). Daryl is also Chair of the British Psychological Society's Research Board.  

Daryl is a registered health psychologist, the past Chair of the British Psychological Society's (BPS) Division of Health Psychology (DHP) and is an accredited Stage 2 Supervisor in Health Psychology. He is also past Chair of BPS Psychobiology Section and past Deputy Chair of BPS Research Board and is a member of the European Health Psychology Society. Daryl is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Behavioral Medicine and Stress & Health. Currently, he teaches on the MSc Psychological Approaches to Health and Level 3 Health Psychology (order a copy of our course textbook).

Daryl’s current research focuses on: i) investigating the effects of stress and psychological interventions (eg written emotional disclosure) on health outcomes (eg ambulatory blood pressure, eating, cortisol and the cortisol awakening rise) and understanding the role of individual differences variables (eg 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 and very recently with the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing), in particular on, sexual behaviour, mood, aggression and cognitive function.

Further details about Daryl's research, publications and opportunities to take part in our research are available from our STARlab pages.