Stress: The Quiet Killer

Centre for Research in Psychological Wellbeing, Zoom

13:00 - 14:00

Did you know that stress can kill you? As a health psychologist, Professor Daryl O’Connor has been fascinated by how stress can influence biology, psychology and behaviour in ways that may damage our health. In this talk he will argue that stress can contribute to health risk in two main ways. Directly by influencing biological processes across the life course.  Indirectly by producing changes in health  behaviours  that  if  maintained over time may be damaging for one’s health. In the second half of the talk he will also describe recent work investigating how the stress hormone - cortisol – is helping to improve our understanding of suicide risk and describe links to childhood trauma.      

Topic: Prof. Daryl O'Connor - Roehampton CREW seminar

Time: Jan 21, 2022 13:00 PM-14:00PM
Meeting ID: 846 9555 9411

Passcode: CREW

Daryl O'Connor is Professor of Psychology at the School of Psychology, University of Leeds. He 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; https://sites.google.com/site/doconnorlab/). Daryl is a past Chair of the British Psychological Society’s (BPS) Division of Health Psychology and the BPS Psychobiology Section, Chair of BPS Research Board and Chair of the European Federation of Psychology Associations (EFPA) Board of Scientific Affairs and was a Trustee of the BPS between 2015 and 2021. Daryl was joint Editor-in-Chief of the journal Psychology & Health from 2011 and 2019 and is the Editor-in-Chief of Cogent Psychology. During the past 18 months, hel has played a key role in supporting the BPS’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Daryl has also been actively involved in promoting Open Science and improving psychological science nationally and across Europe.