O’Connor, R. C. (2021). When It Is Darkest: Why People Die by Suicide and What We Can Do to Prevent It. Publisher: Vermilion. TO ORDER.

O’Connor, D.B., & O’Connor, R.C. (2017).  Health Psychology. Publisher: Routledge. TO ORDER.

O’Connor, R.C., & Pirkis, J. (Eds.) (2016).  The International Handbook of Suicide Prevention (2nd ed.). Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN- 118903277.  TO ORDER

Hawton, K., & O’Connor R.C. (Eds.) (2012). Suicide. Publisher: Routledge. ISBN: 0415597722. TO ORDER

O’Connor, R.C., Platt, S., & Gordon, J. (Eds.) (2011). The International Handbook of Suicide Prevention: Research, Evidence and Practice. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN: 0470683848. TO ORDER

O’Connor, R.C. & Sheehy, N.P. (2000). Understanding Suicidal Behaviour. Reprinted 2001 ISBN: 1854332902. TO ORDER

Journal Articles & Book Chapters

In Press

Sivertsen, B., Knapstad, M., Petrie, K., O’Connor, R.C., Lonning, K., Hysing, M. (in press). Changes in mental health problems and suicidal behaviour in students and their associations with COVID-19-related restrictions in Norway: A national repeated cross-sectional analysis. BMJ Open.

Cassidy, S., Au-Yeung, S., Robertson, A., Cogger-Ward, H., Richards, G., Allison, C., Bradley, L., Kenny, R., O’Connor, R.C., Mosse, D., Rodgers, J., & Baron-Cohen, S. (in press). Autism and autistic traits in those who died by suicide in England. British Journal of Psychiatry.

Keyworth, C., Quinlivan, L., Leather, J., O’Connor, R. C., & Armitage, C. J. (in press). The association between COVID-19-related fear and reported self-harm in a national survey of people with a lifetime history of self-harm. BMC Psychiatry.

Richardson, C., Robb, K.A., McManus, S., & O’Connor, R.C. (in press). Psychosocial Factors that Distinguish Between Men and Women Who Have Suicidal Thoughts and Attempt Suicide: Findings from a National Probability Sample of Adults. Psychological Medicine.

O’Connor, D. B., Branley-Bell, D., Green, J. A., Ferguson, E., O’Carroll, R. E., & O’Connor, R. C. (In press). Resilience and Vulnerability Factors Influence the Cortisol Awakening Response in Individuals Vulnerable to Suicide. Journal of Psychiatric Research, Accepted for Publication.

Cleare, S., Wetherall, K., Eschle, S., Forrester, R., Drummond, J., & O’Connor, R.C. (In press). Using the IMV model of suicidal behaviour to differentiate those with and without suicidal intent in hospital treated self-harm. Preventive Medicine, Accepted for Publication.

Pirkis, J., John, A., Shin, S., DelPozo-Banos, M., Arya, V., Analuisa-Aguilar, P., … & Spittal, M. J. (In Press). Suicide trends in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic: an interrupted time-series analysis of preliminary data from 21 countries. The Lancet Psychiatry. PDF

Zortea, T. C. & O’Connor, R. C. (In press). Understanding Katie’s experiences from the perspective of the Integrated Motivational-Volitional Model of Suicidal Behaviour. In Gunn III, J. F., & Lester, D. Perspectives on a Young Woman’s Suicide: A Study of a Diary. Routledge.

Cleare, S., McClelland, H., Sandford, D., Zortea, T. C., O’Connor, R. C. (In press). The integrated motivational-volitional (IMV) model and suicide risk in students: The role of perfectionism. In Smith, J. & Mallon, S. Student Suicide in further education and higher education: What do we know, what can we do?

Wetherall, K., Cleare, S., Eschle, S., Ferguson, E., O’Connor, D.B., O’Carroll, R., O’Connor, R.C. (In Press) Predicting suicidal ideation in a nationally representative sample of young adults: a 12 month prospective study. Psychological Medicine. PDF

Zortea, T. C., Cleare, S., Wetherall, K., Melson, A. J., O’Connor, R. C. (In press). On Suicide Risk: From Psychological Processes to Clinical Assessment and Intervention. In Gordon J. G. Asmundson. Comprehensive Clinical Psychology Handbook, Second Edition. Elsevier.

Niederkrotenthaler, T., Gunnell, D.,  Arensman, E., Pirkis, J., Appleby, L., Hawton, K., John, A., Kapur, N., Khan, M., O’Connor, R.C., Platt, S. and the International COVID-19 Suicide Prevention Research Collaboration. (In press).  Suicide research, prevention, and COVID-19.  Towards a Global Response and the Establishment of an International Research Collaboration. Crisis. PDF


Eyles, E., Moran, P., Okolie, C., Dekel, D., Macleod-Hall, C., Webb, R. T., Schmidt, L., Knipe, D., Sinyor, M., McGuinness, L. A., Arensman, E., Hawton, K., O’Connor, R. C., Kapur, N., O’Neill, S., Olorisade, B., Cheng, H. Y., Higgins, J., John, A., & Gunnell, D. (2021). Systematic review of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on suicidal behaviour amongst health and social care workers across the world. Journal of affective disorders reports6, 100271.

Keyworth, C., O’Connor, R., Quinlivan, L., & Armitage, C. J. (2021). Acceptability of a Brief Web-Based Theory-Based Intervention to Prevent and Reduce Self-harm: Mixed Methods Evaluation. Journal of medical Internet research23(9), e28349.

Sandford, D. M., Kirtley, O. J., Thwaites, R., Dagnan, D., & O’Connor, R. C. (2021). The adaptation of a measure of confidence in assessing, formulating, and managing suicide risk. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention. PDF

McClelland, H., Evans, J. J., & O’Connor, R. C. (2021). Exploring the role of loneliness in relation to self-injurious thoughts and behaviour in the context of the integrated motivational-volitional model. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 141, 309-317. PDF

Cummins, T.M., English, O., Minnis, H., Stahl, D., O’Connor, R.C., Bannister, K., McMahon, S.B., & Ougrin, D. (2021).  Assessment of somatosensory function and self-harm in adolescents. JAMA Network Open, 4(7):e2116853. PDF

Webb, R. T., McManus, S., & O’Connor, R. C. (2021). Evidencing the detrimental impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health across Europe. The Lancet Regional Health-Europe2. PDF

Sandford, D.M., Kirtley, O.J., & O’Connor, R.C. (2021).  The impact on mental health practitioners of the death of a patient by suicide: A systematic review. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 28, 261-294. PDF

Nuij, C., van Ballegooijen, W., de Beurs, D., Juniar, D., Erlangsen, A., Portzky, G., … & Riper, H. (2021). Safety planning-type interventions for suicide prevention: meta-analysis. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 1-8. PDF

Demkowicz, O., Panayiotou, M., Parsons, S., Feltham, A., Arseneault, L., Ingram, B., … & Qualter, P. (2021). Looking back to move forward: reflections on the strengths and challenges of the COVID-19 UK mental health research response. Frontiers in Psychiatry12, 391. PDF

Richardson, C., Dickson, A., Robb, K. A., & O’Connor, R. C. (2021). The male experience of suicide attempts and recovery: an interpretative phenomenological analysis. International journal of environmental research and public health18(10), 5209. PDF

O’Connor, R.C., Wetherall, K., Cleare, S., McClelland, H., Melson, A.J., Niedzwiedz, C.L., O’Carroll, R.E., O’Connor, D.B., Platt, S., Scowcroft, E., Watson, B., Zortea, T., Ferguson, E., & Robb, K.A. (2021). Mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic: longitudinal analyses of adults in the UK COVID-19 Mental Health & Wellbeing study. British Journal of Psychiatry, 218(6), 326-333. PDF

Zortea, T. C., O’Connor, R. C., Platt, S. (2021). Interventions to mitigate suicide risk among veterans and military personnel: A rapid review of the latest evidence. Scottish Government’s National Suicide Prevention Leadership Group, Edinburgh. PDF

Richardson, C., Robb, K. A., & O’Connor, R. C. (2021). A systematic review of suicidal behaviour in men: A narrative synthesis of risk factors. Social Science & Medicine, 113831. PDF

De Beurs, D., Bockting, C., Kerkhof, A., Scheepers, F., O’Connor, R., Penninx, B., & van de Leemput, I. (2021). A network perspective on suicidal behavior: Understanding suicidality as a complex system. Suicide and Life‐Threatening Behavior51(1), 115-126. PDF.

Zortea, T. C., Gray, C. M., & O’Connor, R. C. (2021). The Relationship Between Adult Attachment and Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors: A Systematic Review. Archives of Suicide Research, 25(1), 38–73. PDF


Zortea, T. C., Brenna, C. T. A., Joyce, M., McClelland, H., Tippett, M., Tran, M. M., Arensman, E., Corcoran, P., Hatcher, S., Heisel, M. J., Links, P., O’Connor, R. C., Edgar, N. E., Cha, Y., Guaiana, G., Williamson, E., Sinyor, M., & Platt, S. (2020). The Impact of Infectious Disease-Related Public Health Emergencies on Suicide, Suicidal Behavior, and Suicidal Thoughts. Crisis, Early view, 1–14. PDF

Sandford, D. M., Kirtley, O. J., Lafit, G., Thwaites, R., & O’Connor, R. C. (2020). An Investigation Into the Factor Structure of the Attitudes to Suicide Prevention Scale. Crisis41(2), 97–104. PDF

John, A., Okolie, C., Eyles, E., Webb, R. T., Schmidt, L., McGuiness, L. A., Olorisade, B. K., Arensman, E., Hawton, K., Kapur, N., Moran, P., O’Connor, R. C., O’Neill, S., Higgins, J., & Gunnell, D. (2020). The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on self-harm and suicidal behaviour: a living systematic review. F1000Research9, 1097. PDF

Cassidy, S. A., Robertson, A., Townsend, E., O’Connor, R. C., & Rodgers, J. (2020). Advancing Our Understanding of Self-harm, Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviours in Autism. Journal of autism and developmental disorders50(10), 3445–3449. PDF

Favril, L., O’Connor, R. C., Hawton, K., & Vander Laenen, F. (2020). Factors associated with the transition from suicidal ideation to suicide attempt in prison. European psychiatry63(1), 1-7. PDF

Dougall, N. J., Abbott-Smith, S., Hibberd, C., Bisson, J. I., Fyvie, C., Cheyne, H., John, A., Grandison, G., Williams, B., O’Connor, R. C., Karatzias, T., Maxwell, M., Savinc, J. and Nolan, L. (2020) “Childhood adversity, mental health and suicide (CHASE): a protocol for a longitudinal case-control linked data study”. International Journal of Population Data Science, 5(1), 1-19. PDF

Leather, J. Z., O’Connor, R. C., Quinlivan, L., Kapur, N., Campbell, S., & Armitage, C. J. (2020). Healthcare professionals’ implementation of national guidelines with patients who self-harm. Journal of Psychiatric Research130, 405–411. PDF

Young-Southward, G., Eaton, C., O’Connor, R., & Minnis, H. (2020). Investigating the causal relationship between maltreatment and cognition in children: a systematic review. Child Abuse & Neglect107, 104603. PDF

Helbich, M., O’Connor, R.C., Nieuwenhuijsen, Hagedoorn, P. (2020).  Greenery exposure and suicide mortality later in life: a longitudinal register-based case-control study. Environment International, 143, 105982. PDF

O’Connor, R.C., Hotopf, M., Worthman, C.M.,  Perry, V.H., Tracey, I., Wessely, S., Arseneault, L., Ballard, C., Christensen, H., Cohen Silver, R., Ford, T., John, A., Kabir, T., King, K., Simpson, A., Madan, I., Cowan, K., Bullmore, E.,  & Holmes, E.A. (2020).  Multidisciplinary research priorities for the COVID-19 pandemic: authors’ reply. Lancet Psychiatry, 7, e44-e45. PDF

Hotopf, M., Bullmore, E., O’Connor, R. C., & Holmes, E. A. (2020). The scope of mental health research during the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath. The British Journal of Psychiatry217(4), 540-542.  PDF

Holmes, E.A., O’Connor, R.C.,Perry, V.H., Wesseley, S., Arseneault, L., Ballard, C., Christensen, H., Cohen Silver, R., Everall, I., Ford, T., John, A., Kabir, T., King, K., Madan, I., Michie, S., Przybylski, A.K., Shafran, R., Sweeney, A., Worthman, C.M., Yardley, L., Cowan, K., Cope, C., Hotopf, M & Bullmore, E. (2020). Multidisciplinary research priorities for the COVID-19 pandemic: a call for action for mental health science. Lancet Psychiatry, 7, 547-60. PDF

Gunnell, D.,  Appleby, L., Arensman, E., Hawton, K., John, A., Kapur, N., Khan, M., O’Connor, R.C., Pirkis, J. and the COVID-19 Suicide Prevention Research Collaboration. (2020). Suicide risk and prevention during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lancet Psychiatry, 7, 468-471. PDF

van Mens, K., de Schepper, C.W.M., Wijnen, B., Koldijk, S. J., Schnack, H., de Looff, P., Lokkerbol, J., Wetherall, K., Cleare, S., O’Connor, R.C., & De Beurs, D. (2020). Predicting future suicidal behaviour in young adults, with different machine learning techniques: a population-based longitudinal study. Journal of Affective Disorders, 271, 169-177. PDF

McClelland, H., Evans, J.,  Nowland, R., Ferguson, E., O’Connor, R.C. (2020). Loneliness as a predictor of suicidal ideation and behaviour: a systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective studies. Journal of Affective Disorders, 274, 880–896. PDF

Berardelli, I., Serafini, G., Cortese, N., Fiaschè, F., O’Connor, R. C., & Pompili, M. (2020). The Involvement of Hypothalamus–Pituitary–Adrenal (HPA) Axis in Suicide Risk. Brain sciences10(9), 653. PDF

O’Neill, S. & O’Connor, R. C. (2020). Suicide in Northern Ireland: epidemiology, risk factors, and prevention. The Lancet Psychiatry, 7, 538–46. PDF

Zortea, T. C., Cleare, S. Melson, A. J., Wetherall, K., & O’Connor, R. C. (2020). Understanding and managing suicide risk. British Medical Bulletin, 134(1)73–84. PDF

O’Connor, R.C., & Robb, K.A. (2020). Identifying suicide risk factors in children is essential for developing effective prevention interventions. Lancet PsychiatryPDF

Grandison, G., Karatzias, T., Fyvie, C., Hyland, P., O’Connor, R.C. & Dickson, A. (2020) Suicidal histories in adults experiencing psychological trauma: exploring vulnerability and protective factors. Archives of Suicide Research. PDF

O’Connor, D. B., Gartland, N., & O’Connor, R. C. (2020). Stress, cortisol and suicide risk. International Review of Neurobiology, 152, 101-130. PDF

De Beurs, D., Cleare, S., Wetherall, K., Eschle-Byrne, S., Ferguson, E., O’Connor, D.B., & O’Connor, R.C. (2020). Entrapment and suicide risk: the development of the 4-item Entrapment Scale Short-Form (E-SF). Psychiatry Research, 284, 112765. PDF

Siddaway, A. P., Quinlivan, L., Kapur, N., O’Connor, R. C., & de Beurs, D. (2020). Cautions, concerns, and future directions for using machine learning in relation to mental health problems and clinical and forensic risks: A brief comment on “Model complexity improves the prediction of nonsuicidal self-injury” (Fox et al., 2019). Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 88(4), 384–387. PDF

Pompili, M., O’Connor, R.C., and van Heeringen, K. (2020) Suicide prevention in the European region. In Arensman, E., De Leo, D., & Pirkis, J. (Eds). Suicide and suicide prevention from a global perspective. Hogrefe. ISBN: 9780889375734

Kirtley, O. J., & O’Connor, R. C. (2020). Suicide prevention is everyone’s business: Challenges and opportunities for Google. Social Science & Medicine262, 112691. PDF

Zortea, T. C. , Gray, C. M. and O’Connor, R. C. (2020). Perceptions of past parenting and adult attachment as vulnerability factors for suicidal ideation in the context of the integrated motivational-volitional model of suicidal behaviour. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 50, 515-533. PDF

O’Connor, D. B., Branley-Bell, D., Green, J. A., Ferguson, E., O’Carroll, R. E., & O’Connor, R. C. (2020). Effects of childhood trauma, daily stress, and emotions on daily cortisol levels in individuals vulnerable to suicide. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 129(1), 92–107. PDF

Favril, L., & O’Connor, R. C. (2021). Distinguishing prisoners who think about suicide from those who attempt suicide. Psychological medicine51(2), 228-235. PDF


Turecki, G., Brent, D. A., Gunnell, D., O’Connor, R. C., Oquendo, M. A., Pirkis, J., & Stanley, B. H. (2019). Suicide and suicide risk. Nature reviews Disease primers5(1), 1-22. PDF

Richards, G., Kenny, R., Griffiths, S., Allison, C., Mosse, D., Holt, R., O’Connor, R.C., Cassidy, S., Baron-Cohen, S. (2019) Autistic Traits in Adults who have Attempted Suicide. Molecular Autism, 10, 26. PDF

Wilson, K.M., Millner, A.J., Auerbach, R.P., Glenn, C.R., Kearns, J.C., Kirtley, O.J., Najmi, S., O’Connor, R.C., Stewart, J.G., Cha, C.B. (2019). Investigating the psychometric properties of the Suicide Stroop task. Psychological Assessment, 31(8), 1052-1061. PDF

Zortea, T. C., Gray, C. M., O’Connor, R. C. (2019). Adult attachment: Investigating the factor structure of the Relationship Scales Questionnaire. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 75 (11)2169-2187PDF

Melson, A.J., & O’Connor, R.C. (2019). Differentiating adults who think about self- 3 harm from those who engage in self-harm: 4 the role of volitional alcohol factors. BMC Psychiatry, 19(319), 1-9. PDF

Wetherall, K., Cleare, S., Zortea, T., & O’Connor, R.C. (2019).  Status of the integrated motivational-volitional model of suicidal behaviour.  In: De Leo, D. and Poštuvan, V. (eds.) Reducing the Toll of Suicide: Resources for Communities, Groups, and Individuals. Hogrefe Publishing: Göttingen, pp. 169-184. PDF

De Beurs, D., Fried, E. I., Wetherall, K., Cleare, S., O’ Connor, D. B., Ferguson, E. , O’Carroll, R.E., O’ Connor, R. C. (2019). Exploring the psychology of suicidal ideation: a theory driven network analysis. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 120, 103419. PDF

Branley-Bell, D., O’Connor, D. B., Green, J. A., Ferguson, E., O’Carroll, R. E., & O’Connor, R. C. (2019). Distinguishing suicide ideation from suicide attempts: Further test of the Integrated Motivational-Volitional Model of Suicidal Behaviour. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 117, 100–107. PDF

Zortea, T. C., Dickson, A., Gray, C. M., O’Connor, R. C. (2019). Associations between experiences of disrupted attachments and suicidal thoughts and behaviours: An interpretative phenomenological analysis. Social Science & Medicine, 235, 112408. PDF

Sivertsen, B., Hysing, M., Knapstad, M., Harvey, A. G., Reneflot, A., Lønning, K. J., & O’Connor, R. C. (2019). Suicide attempts and non-suicidal self-harm among university students: prevalence study. BJPsych open5(2), 1–8. PDF

Siddaway, A. P., Wood, A. M., O’Carroll, R. E., & O’Connor, R. C. (2019). Characterizing self-injurious cognitions: Development and validation of the Suicide Attempt Beliefs Scale (SABS) and the Nonsuicidal Self-Injury Beliefs Scale (NSIBS). Psychological assessment31(5), 592-608. PDF

Cleare, S., Gumley, A., & O’Connor, R. C. (2019). Self‐compassion, self‐forgiveness, suicidal ideation, and self‐harm: A systematic review. Clinical psychology & psychotherapy26(5), 511-530. PDF

Mars, B., Heron, J., Klonsky, E. D., Moran, P., O’Connor, R. C., Tilling, K., Wilkinson, P. and Gunnell, D. (2019). Predictors of future suicide attempt among adolescents with suicidal thoughts or non-suicidal self-harm: a population-based birth cohort study. The Lancet Psychiatry6(4), 327-337. PDF

O’Connor, R.C., Lundy, J-M., Stewart, C., Smillie, S., McClelland, H., Syrett, S., Gavigan, M., McConnachie, A., Smith, M., Smith, D.J., Brown, G., Stanley B., & Simpson, S.A. (2019). Study Protocol for the SAFETEL randomised controlled feasibility trial of a Safety Planning Intervention with Follow-up Telephone Contact to Reduce Suicidal Behaviour. BMJ Open. 9 (2). PDF

Alexopoulos, C.E., Kavalidou, K., Messolora, F., (2019). Suicide Mortality Patterns in Greek Work Force before and during the Economic Crisis. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 16, 469. PDF

Kavalidou, K., Smith, D. J., Der, G., & O’Connor, R. C. (2019). The role of physical and mental multimorbidity in suicidal thoughts and behaviours in a Scottish population cohort study. BMC psychiatry19(1), 1-9. PDF

Wetherall, K., Robb, K. A., & O’Connor, R. C. (2019). Social rank theory of depression: A systematic review of self-perceptions of social rank and their relationship with depressive symptoms and suicide risk. Journal of affective disorders246, 300-319PDF

Wetherall, K., Robb, K. A., & O’Connor, R. C. (2019). An examination of social comparison and suicide ideation through the lens of the integrated motivational–volitional model of suicidal behavior. Suicide and Life‐Threatening Behavior49(1), 167-182. PDF


Barnes, M., Haase, A., Scott, L., Linton, M-J., Bard, A., Donovan, J., Davies, R., Dursley, S., Williams, S., Elliott, D., Potokar, J., Kapur, N., Hawton, K., O’Connor, R. C., Hollingworth, W., Metcalfe, C., & Gunnell, D. (2018). The help for people with money, employment or housing problems (HOPE) intervention: pilot randomised trial with mixed methods feasibility research. Pilot and feasibility studies4(1), 1-12. PDF

O’Connor, R. C., & Portzky, G. (2018). Looking to the future: a synthesis of new developments and challenges in suicide research and prevention. Frontiers in Psychology9, 2139. PDF 

Wetherall, K., Cleare, S., Eschle, S., Ferguson, E., O’Connor, D.B., O’Carroll, R., O’Connor, R.C. (2018). From ideation to action: differentiating between those who think about suicide and those who attempt suicide in a national study of youngadults. Journal of Affective Disorders, 241, 475 – 483. PDF

Nuij, C., Van Ballegooijen, W., Ruwaard, J., de Beurs, D., Mokkenstorm, J., van Duijn, E., de Winter, R.F.P., O’Connor, R.C., Smit, J.H., Riper, H., Kerkhof, A. (2018) Smartphone-Based Safety Planning and Self-Monitoring for Suicidal Patients: rationale and study protocol of the CASPAR (Continuous Assessment for Suicide Prevention and Research) Study. Internet Interventions, 13, 16 – 23. PDF

Cha, C.B., O’Connor, R.C., Kirtley, O., Cleare, S., Wetherall, K., Eschle, S., Tezanos, K.M., & Nock, M.K. (2018). Testing mood-activated psychological markers for suicidal ideation. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 127(5) 448 – 457. PDF

MacLeod, A.K., & O’Connor, R.C. (2018). Positive future-thinking, wellbeing and mental health.  In G. Oettingen, A.T. Sevincer, & Gollwitzer, P. (Eds.).  The Psychology of Thinking about the Future (pp 199 – 213). New York: Guilford Publications Inc.

O’Connor, R. C., & Portzky, G. (2018). The relationship between entrapment and suicidal behavior through the lens of the integrated motivational–volitional model of suicidal behavior. Current opinion in psychology22, 12-17. PDF

O’Connor, R. C., & Kirtley, O. J. (2018). The integrated motivational–volitional model of suicidal behaviour. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences373(1754), 20170268. PDF

Cleare, S., Wetherall, K., Clark, A., Ryan, C., Kirtley, O. J., Smith, M., & O’Connor, R. C. (2018). Adverse childhood experiences and hospital-treated self-harm. International journal of environmental research and public health15(6), 1235. PDF

O’Connor, R.C.,Wetherall, K., Cleare, S., Eschle, S., J. Drummond, Ferguson, E., O’Connor, D.B., O’Carroll, R. (2018).  Suicide attempts and non-suicidal self-harm: a national prevalence study of young adults. British Journal of Psychiatry Open, 4, 142–148. PDF

Steeg, S., Quinlivan, L., Nowland, R., Carroll, R., Casey, D., Clements, C., Cooper, J., Davies, L., Knipe, D., Ness, J., O’Connor, R.C.,  Hawton, K., Gunnell, D., Kapur, N. (2018) Accuracy of risk scales for predicting repeat self-harm and suicide: a multicentre, population-level cohort study using routine clinical data. BMC Psychiatry, 18:113.PDF

Mars, B., Heron, L., Klonsky, D., Moran, P., O’Connor, R.C., Tilling, K., Wilkinson, P., Gunnell, D. (2018). What distinguishes adolescents with suicidal thoughts from those who have attempted suicide? A population‐based birth cohort study. Journal of child psychology and psychiatry60(1), 91-99. PDF

Helbich, M., de Beurs, D., Kwan, M-P., O’Connor, R.C., & Groenewegen, P.P. (2018).  Natural environments and suicide mortality in the Netherlands. Lancet Planetary Health, 4 (3) 134-139. PDF

Holmes, E.A., Ghaderi, A., Harmer, C.J., Ramchandani, P.G., Cuijpers, P., Morrison, A.P., Roiser, J.P., Bockting, C.L.H., O’Connor, R.C., Shafran, R., Moulds, M.L., & Craske, M.G. (2018). The Lancet Psychiatry Commission on psychological treatments research in tomorrow’s science. The Lancet Psychiatry5(3), 237-286. PDF

Wetherall, K., Robb, K.A., O’Connor, R.C. (2018). An examination of social comparison and suicidal ideation through the lens of the Integrated Motivational-Volitional Model of suicidal behavior. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. PDF

O’Connor, D.B., Green, J.A., Ferguson, E., O’Carroll, R.E., & O’Connor, R.C. (2018). Effects of childhood trauma on cortisol levels in suicide attempters and ideators. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 88, 9-12.PDF

Cleare, S., Gumley, A., Cleare, C. J., & O’Connor, R. C. (2018). An investigation of the factor structure of the Self-Compassion Scale. Mindfulness9(2), 618-628. PDF


Barnes, M.C., Haase, A. M., Bard, A. M., Donovan, J.L., Davies, R., Dursley, S., Potokar, J., Kapur, N., Hawton, K., O’Connor, R.C., Hollingworth, W., Metcalfe, C., Gunnell, D. (2017). HOPE: Help for people with money, employment, benefit or housing problems: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Pilot and feasibility studies3(1), 1-9. PDF 

Barnes, M.C., Donovan, J.L., Wilson, C., Chatwin, J., Davies, R., Potokar, J., Kapur, N., Hawton, K., O’Connor, R.C., Gunnell, D. (2017). Seeking help in times of economic hardship: access, experiences of services and unmet need. BMC Psychiatry, 17:84. PDF

de Beurs, D.P., van Borkulo, C.D., O’Connor, R.C. (2017).  The association between suicidal symptoms and repeat suicidal behaviour within a sample of hospital-treated suicide attempters.  British Journal of Psychiatry Open, 3, 120–126. PDF

O’Connor, R.C., Ferguson, E., Scott, F., Smyth, R., McDaid, D., Park, A., Beautrais, A., & Armitage, C.J. (2017).  A randomised controlled trial of a brief psychological intervention to reduce repetition of self-harm in patients admitted to hospital following a suicide attempt.  Lancet Psychiatry, Jun;4(6):451-460. PDF

O’Connor, D.B., Green, J.A., Ferguson, E., O’Carroll. R.E., & O’Connor, R.C. (2017).  Cortisol reactivity and suicidal behavior: investigating the role of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis responses to stress in suicide attempters and ideators.  Psychoneuroendocrinology, 75, 183-191PDF

Kavalidou, K., Smith, D., O’Connor, R.C. (2017). The role of physical and mental health multimorbidity in suicidal ideation. Journal of Affective Disorders, 209, 82-85. PDF

Quinlivan, L., Cooper, J., Meehan, D., Longson, D., Potokar, J., Hulme, T., Marsden, J., Brand, F., Lange, K., Riseborough, E., Page, L., Metcalfe, C., Davies, L., O’Connor, R., Hawton, K., Gunnell, D., Kapur, N. (2017) The predictive accuracy of risk scales following self-harm: multicentre, prospective cohort study. British Journal of Psychiatry, 1-8PDF

Boahen-Boaten, B.B., White, R.G., & O’Connor, R.C. (2017).  Suicide in Low- and Middle-Income Countries.  In R.G. White, S Jain, D.M.R. Orr, & U.M. Read (Eds) The Palsgrave Handbook of Sociocultural perspectives on global mental health (pp.351-382). London: Palgrave 


O’Connor, R.C., Pirkis, J. (2016). Introduction. In O’Connor, R.C., & Pirkis, J. (Eds.) (2016).  The International Handbook of Suicide Prevention (2nd ed.). Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.

O’Connor, R.C., Cleare, S., Eschle, S., Wetherall, K., Kirtley, O.J. (2016). The Integrated Motivational-Volitional Model of Suicidal Behaviour: An Update. In O’Connor, R.C., & Pirkis, J. (Eds.) (2016).  The International Handbook of Suicide Prevention (2nd ed.). Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell. PDF

Robinson, J., Pirkis, J., O’Connor, R.C. (2016) Suicide Clusters. In O’Connor, R.C., & Pirkis, J. (Eds.) (2016).  The International Handbook of Suicide Prevention (2nd ed.). Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.

Armitage, C.J., Abdul Rahim, W., Rowe, R. & O’Connor, R.C. (2016).   An exploratory randomized trial of a simple, brief psychological intervention to reduce subsequent suicidal ideation and behaviour in patients hospitalised for self-harm.  British Journal of Psychiatry, 208 (3), 1-7. PDF

Armitage, C.J., Abdul Rahim, W., Rowe, R., & O’Connor, R.C. (2016).  Trends in self-harm in Kuala Lumpur, 2005-2011.  Archives of Suicide Research, 20(1), 22-28.PDF

Chan, M.K.Y., Bhatti, H., Meader, N., Stockton, S., Evans, J., O’Connor, R.C., Kapur, N., & Kendall, T.  (2016).  Predicting suicide following self-harm: A systematic review of risk factors and risk scales.  British Journal of Psychiatry, 1-7PDF

de Beurs, D.P., Fokkema, M., & O’Connor, R.C. (2016). Optimising the assessment of suicidal behaviour: The application of curtailment techniques. Journal of Affective Disorders, 196, 218-224. PDF

Dhingra, K., Boduszek, D., & O’Connor, R.C. (2016). A Structural Test of the Integrated Motivational-Volitional Model of Suicidal Behaviour. Psychiatry Research, 239, 169-178. PDF

Harris, F., Maxwell, M., O’Connor, R., Coyne, J., Arensman, E., Coffey, C., Koburger, N., Gusmão, R., Costa, S., Székely, A., Cserhati, Z., McDaid, D., van Oudenhove, C., & Hegerl, U. (2016). Exploring Synergistic Interactions And Catalysts In Complex Interventions: Longitudinal, Mixed Methods Case Studies Of An Optimised Multi-Level Suicide Prevention Intervention In Four European Countries (Ospi-Europe). BMC Public Health, 16(1), pp.268. PDF

Kirtley, O.J., O’Carroll, R.E., & O’Connor, R.C. (2016). Pain and self-harm: A systematic review.  Journal of Affective Disorders, 203, 347-363PDF

O’Connor, D.B., Ferguson, E., Green, J., O’Carroll, R.E., & O’Connor, R.C. (2016).  Cortisol levels and suicidal behavior: A meta-analysis. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 63, 370–379. PDF

O’Connor, S.M., Ferguson, E., Carney, T., House, E., & O’Connor, R.C. (2016).  The development and evaluation of the Paediatric Index of Emotional Distress (PI-ED).  Social Psychiatric & Psychiatric Epidemiology, 51(1), 15-26.  PDF

Rasmussen, S., Hawton, K., Philpott-Morgan, S., & O’Connor, R.C. (2016).  Why do adolescents self-harm? An investigation of motives in a community sample. Crisis, 37(3):176–183. PDF

Tucker, R.P., O’Connor, R.C., & Wingate, L.R. (2016).  An investigation of the relationship between rumination styles, hope and suicide ideation through the lens of the Integrated Motivational-Volitional Model of suicidal behavior.  Archives of Suicide Research, 20:553–566.PDF


Alexopoulos, E.C., Kavalidou, K. & Messolora, F. (2015). Suicide Mortality Across Broad Occupational Groups in Greece: A Descriptive Study. Safety and Health at Work, 1 – 5. PDF

Dhingra, K., Boduszek, D., & O’Connor, R.C. (2015).  Differentiating suicide attempters from suicide ideators using the Integrated Motivational-Volitional Model of Suicidal Behaviour.  Journal of Affective Disorders 186, 211-218.  PDF

Hysing, M., Sivertsen, B., Morten Stormark, K., & O’Connor, R.C. (2015).  Sleep problems and self-harm in adolescence.  British Journal of Psychiatry. 207 (4) 306-312PDF

Hawton, K., O’Connor, R.C., & Saunders, K.E. (2015). Suicidal behavior and self-harm. In Rutter, M., Bishop, D., Pine, D., Scott, S., Stevenson, J.S., Taylor, E.A., & Thapar, A. (Eds.). Rutter’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (6th Edition, p.893-910). Wiley Blackwell.

O’Connor, R.C., & Portzky, G. (2015). The relationship between Goth subculture identification, depression and self-harm.  Lancet Psychiatry, 2, 766-767. PDF

O’Connor, R.C., & O’Neill, S.M. (2015). Mental health and suicide risk in Northern Ireland: A legacy of The Troubles? Lancet Psychiatry, 2, 582-584. PDF

de Beurs, D., Kirtley, O., Kerkhof, A., Portzky, G., & O’Connor, R.C. (2015).  The role of mobile phone technology in understanding and preventing suicidal behavior.  Crisis36, 79 – 82.PDF

Armitage, C.J., Panagioti, M., Abdul Rahim, W., Rowe, R., & O’Connor, R.C. (2015).  Completed suicides and self-harm in Malaysia: A systematic review.  General Hospital Psychiatry, 37, 153-165. PDF

Kirtley, O.J., O’Carroll, R.E., & O’Connor, R.C. (2015).  Hurting inside and out? Emotional and physical pain in self-harm ideation and enactment.   International Journal of Cognitive Therapy, 8, 156-171. PDF

Kirtley, O.J., O’Carroll, R.E., & O’Connor, R.C. (2015).  The role of endogenous opioids in non-suicidal self-injurious behavior: Methodological Challenges.  Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Review, 48, 186-189. PDF

Wetherall, K., Daly, M., Robb, K.A., Wood, A.M., O’Connor, R.C. (2015). Explaining the income and suicidality relationship: Income rank is more strongly associated with suicidal thoughts and attempts than income. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 50, 929-937 PDF

Smith, M., Bouch, J., Bradstreet, S., Lakey, T., Nightingale, A., & O’Connor, R.C. (2015). Health services, suicide and self-harm: patient distress and system anxiety.  Lancet Psychiatry, 2, 275-280 PDF

O’Connor, R.C., Smyth, R., & Williams, J.M.G. (2015). Intrapersonal positive future thinking predicts repeat suicide attempts in hospital treated suicide attempters.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 83, 169-176. PDF


O’Connor, R.C., & Williams, J.M.G. (2014).  The relationship between positive future thinking, brooding, defeat and entrapment. Personality and Individual Differences, 70, 29-34. PDF

O’Connor, R.C., Nock, M.K. (2014).  The Psychology of Suicidal Behaviour.  Lancet Psychiatry, 1, 73-85. PDF

Harper, M., O’Connor, R.C., & O’Carroll. R.E. (2014).  The relative importance of avoidance and restoration-oriented stressors for grief and depression in bereaved parents.  Psychology, Health and Medicine, 11, 1-10. PDF

O’Connor, R.C., Rasmussen, S., & Hawton, K. (2014). Adolescent Self-harm: A School-based Study in Northern Ireland. Journal of Affective Disorders, 159, 46-52. PDF

Howe, C., Heim, D., & O’Connor, R.C. (2014). Racism, identity and psychological wellbeing: A longitudinal perspective on politically embattled relations. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 37, 2457-2474. PDF

Harper, M., O’Connor, R.C., & O’Carroll, R.E. (2014). Factors associated with grief and depression following the loss of a child: A multivariate analysis. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 9, 247-252.PDF


O’Connor, R.C., Smyth, R., Ferguson, E., Ryan, C., & Williams, J.M.G. (2013). Psychological Processes and Repeat Suicidal Behavior: A Four Year Prospective Study. Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology, 81, 1137-1143.PDF

Harris, F.M., Maxwell, M., O’Connor, R.C., Coyne, J., Arensman, E., Szekely, A., Gusmao, R., Coffey, C., Costa, S., Cserhati, Z., Koburger, N., van Audenhove, C., McDaid, D., Maloney, J., Varnik, P., & Hegerl, U. (2013).  Developing social capital in implementing a complex intervention: a process evaluation of the early implementation of a suicide prevention intervention in four European countries.  BMC Public Health, 13, 158. PDF.

Kapur, N., Cooper, J., O’Connor, R.C., & Hawton, K. (2013). Attempted Suicide versus Non-Suicidal Self Injury: New Diagnosis, or False Dichotomy? British Journal of Psychiatry, 202, 326-238. PDF

Coppens E, Van Audenhove C, Scheerder G, Arensman E, Coffey C, Costa S, Koburger N, Gottlebe K, Gusmão R, O’Connor R, Postuvan V, Sarchiapone M,Sisask M, Székely A, van der Feltz-Cornelis C, Hegerl U. (2013). Public attitudes toward depression and help-seeking in four European countries baseline survey prior to the OSPI-Europe intervention. Journal of Affective Disorders, Sep 5;150(2):320-9. PDF


McLaughlin, J., O’Carroll, R.E., & O’Connor, R.C. (2012). Intimate partner abuse and suicidality. Clinical Psychology Review, 32, 677-689. PDF

O’Connor, R.C., O’Carroll, R.E., Ryan, C., & Smyth, R. (2012). Self-Regulation of Unattainable Goals in Suicide Attempters: A Two Year Prospective Study. Journal of Affective Disorders, 142, 248-255. PDF

Williams, L., O’Connor, R.C., Grubb, N.R., & O’Carroll, R.E. (2012). Type D personality and three-month psychosocial outcomes among patients post-myocardial infarction. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 72, 422-426. PDF

Hawton, K., Saunders, KEA, & O’Connor, R.C. (2012). Self-harm and suicide in adolescents. The Lancet, 379, 2373-2382. PDF

Hawton, K., & O’Connor, R.C. (2012). Self-harm in adolescents: implications for future mental health? The Lancet, 379 (9812), 198-199. PDF

O’Connor, R.C., Rasmussen, S., & Hawton, K. (2012). From Thoughts to Action: Distinguishing Adolescents Who Think About Self-harm From Those Who Engage in Self-harm. British Journal of Psychiatry, 200, 330-335. PDF

Rasmussen, S., Elliott, M., & O’Connor, R.C. (2012). Psychological distress and perfectionism in recent suicide attempters: The role of behavioural inhibition and activation. Personality and Individual Differences, 52, 680-685. PDF


National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2011).  Longer-term management of self-harm (clinical guidelines)(O’Connor was on the guideline development group).

Harper. M., O’Connor, R.C., & O’Carroll, R.E. (2011). Increased Mortality in Parents Bereaved in the First Year of Their Child’s Life. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care, 1, 306-309. PDF

Van der Feltz-Cornelis, C.M., Sarchiapone, M., Postuvan, V., Volker, D., Roskar, Tancic Grum, A.,Carli, V., McDaid, D., O’Connor, R., Maxwell, M., Ibelshauser, A., Van Audenhove, C., Scheerder, G., Sisask, M., ;Gusmão, R., Hegerl, U. (2011). Best practice elements of multilevel suicide prevention strategies. Review of systematic reviews. Crisis. Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, 32, 319-333. PDF

Stark, C., Riordan, V., & O’Connor, R. (2011). A Conceptual model of suicide in rural areas. Rural and Remote Health, 11: 1622. PDF

Piko, B.F., Milin, R., O’Connor, R., & Sawyer, M. (2011). Editorial. Multidisciplinary approach to child and adolescent depression. Depression Research and Treatment, Article 8554594. PDF 

O’Connor, R.C. (2011). The integrated motivational-volitional model of suicidal behaviour. Crisis, 32, 295-298. PDF

Williams, L., O’Connor, R.C., Grubb, N.R., & O’Carroll, R.E. (2011). Type D personality and illness perceptions in post-myocardial infarction patients. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 70, 141-144. PDF

Harper M, O’Connor RC, Dickson A & O’Carroll RE (2011) Bereaved Mothers Continuing Bonds and Ambivalence to their own Mortality after the Death of Their Child – An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Psychology, Health & Medicine. 16, 203-214. PDF

Smallwood, J., & O’Connor, R.C. (2011). Prisoners of the past: Evidence for a retrospective bias to mind wandering during mild dysphoria. Cognition and Emotion, 25, 1481-1490. PDF

Williams, L., O’Connor, R.C., Grubb, N., & O’Carroll, R. (2011). Type D personality predicts poor medication adherence in myocardial infarction. Psychology and Health, 26, 703-712. PDF

O’Connor, R.C., Platt, S. & Gordon, J. (2011). Introduction. In R O’Connor, S Platt, & J Gordon (Eds.) International Handbook of Suicide Prevention: Research, Policy and Practice. Wiley Blackwell. LINK

O’Connor, R.C. (2011). Towards an Integrated Motivational-Volitional of Suicidal Behaviour. In R O’Connor, S Platt, & J Gordon (Eds.) International Handbook of Suicide Prevention: Research, Policy and Practice. Wiley Blackwell. LINK

O’Connor, R.C., Rasmussen, S., & Beautrais, A. (2011). Psychosocial Interventions in Suicide Prevention: A selective review. In R O’Connor, S Platt, & J Gordon (Eds.) International Handbook of Suicide Prevention: Research, Policy and Practice.Wiley Blackwell. LINK

O’Connor, R.C., Platt, S. & Gordon, J. (2011). Achievements and Challenges in Suicidology: Conclusions and Future Directions. In R O’Connor, S Platt, & J Gordon (Eds.) International Handbook of Suicide Prevention: Research, Policy and Practice. Wiley Blackwell. LINK


O’Connor, S., Carney, T., House, E., Ferguson, E., Caldwell, F., & O’Connor, R.C. (2010). Revision of the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) to produce the Paediatric Index of Emotional Distress (PI-ED). Patient Reported Outcomes, 43, 2-4.

Ferguson, E., Williams, L., O’Connor, R.C., Howard, S., Hughes, B.M., Johnston, D.W., Allan, J.L., O’Connor, D.B., Lewis, C.A, Grealy, M., & O’Carroll, R.E. (2010). A Taxometric Analysis of Type-D Personality. Psychosomatic Medicine. 71, 981-986 PDF

O’Connor, R.C., Rasmussen, S., & Hawton, K. (2010).Predicting depression, anxiety and self-harm in adolescents: The role of perfectionism and stress. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 48, 52-59. PDF

Rasmussen, S., Fraser, L., Gotz, M., MacHale, S., Mackie, R., Masterton, G., McConachie, S., & O’Connor, R.C. (2010). Elaborating the Cry of Pain model of suicidality: Testing a psychological model in a sample of first-time and repeat self-harm patients. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 49, 15-30. PDF

O’Connor, R.C. (2010). Psychological Perspectives on Suicidal Behaviour. In U Kumar & M.K. Mandal (Eds.). Suicidal Behaviour: Assessment of People at Risk. Sage. LINK

O’Connor R.C. (2010). My personal reflection on suicidology. In M Pompili (Ed.) Suicide in the Words of Suicidologists. Nova Publishing. Free to download. LINK


O’Connor, R.C., Dixon, D., & Rasmussen, S. (2009). The Structure and Temporal Stability of the Child and Adolescent Perfectionism Scale. Psychological Assessment, 21, 437-443 PDF

O’Connor, R.C., Rasmussen, S., & Hawton, K. (2009) Predicting deliberate self-harm in adolescents: a six month prospective study. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 39, 364-375. PDF

Smallwood, J., Nind, L. & O’Connor, R.C. (2009). When is your head at? An exploration of the factors associated with the temporal focus of the wandering mind. Consciousness and Cognition, 18, 118-125 PDF

O’Connor, R.C., Rasmussen, S., Miles, J., & Hawton, K. (2009). Deliberate self-harm in adolescents: self-report survey in schools in Scotland. British Journal of Psychiatry, 194, 68-72. PDF

O’Connor, R.C., Fraser, L., Whyte, M.C., MacHale, & Masterton, G. (2009). Self-regulation of unattainable goals in suicide attempters: the relationship between goal disengagement, goal reengagement and suicidal ideation. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 47, 164-169. PDF

Williams, L., O’Connor, R.C., & O’Carroll, R.E. (2009). Type D Personality and Cardiac Output in Response to Stress. Psychology and Health, 24, 489-500. PDF
Potter, L.M., Grealy, M.A., & O’Connor, R.C. (2009). Healthy Ageing, Perceived Motor-Efficacy, and Performance on Cognitively Demanding Action Tasks. British Journal of Psychology, 100, 49-70. PDF

Potter, L.M., Grealy, M.A., & O’Connor, R.C. (2009). Healthy Ageing, Perceived Motor-Efficacy, and Performance on Cognitively Demanding Action Tasks. British Journal of Psychology, 100, 49-70. PDF


Rasmussen, S.A., O’Connor, R.C., & Brodie, D. (2008). Investigating the Role of Perfectionism and Autobiographical Memory in a Sample of Parasuicide Patients: An Exploratory Study. CRISIS – Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, 29, 64-72. PDF

O’Connor, R.C., Fraser, L., Whyte, M.C., MacHale, S., & Masterton, G.(2008). A comparison of specific positive future expectancies and global hopelessness as predictors of suicidal ideation in a prospective study of repeat self-harmers. Journal of Affective Disorders, 110, 207-214. PDF

Morrison, R., & O’Connor, R.C. (2008). A systematic review of the relationship between rumination and suicidality. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 38, 523-538. PDF

Morrison, R., & O’Connor, R.C. (2008). The role of rumination, attentional biases and stress in psychological distress. British Journal of Psychology, 99, 191-209 PDF

O’Connor, R.C., & Noyce, R. (2008). Personality and cognitive processes: Self-criticism and different types of rumination as predictors of suicidal ideation. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 46, 392-401 PDF

Williams, L., O’Connor, R.C., Howard, S., Hughes, B.M., Johnston, D.W., Hay, J.L., O’Connor, D.B., Lewis, C.A., Ferguson, E., Sheehy, N., Grealy, M.A. & O’Carroll, R.E. (2008). Type D Personality Mechanisms of Effect: The Role of Health-Related Behaviour and Social Support. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 64, 63-69 PDF

Sheehy, N., & O’Connor, R.C. (2008). Cognitive style and suicidal behaviour. In Palmer S (Ed.) Suicide Reduction and Prevention: Strategies and Interventions (pp.69-83). Routledge. LINK


O’Connor, R.C. (2007). The relations between perfectionism and suicide risk: A systematic review. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 37, 698-714 PDF

O’Connor, R.C., Whyte, M.C., Fraser, L., Masterton, G., & MacHale, S. Predicting short-term improvement in well-being following presentation to hospital with self-harm: the conjoint effects of social perfectionism and future thinking. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 45, 1543-1555 PDF

O’Connor, R.C., & Cassidy, C. (2007). Predicting hopelessness: The interaction between optimism/pessimism and specific future expectancies. Cognition and Emotion, 21, 596-613 PDF

Smallwood, J.M., O’Connor, R.C., Sudberry, M.V., & Obonsawin, M. (2007). Mind wandering and Dysphoria. Cognition and Emotion, 21, 816-842 PDF

O’Connor, D.B., & O’Connor, R.C. (2007). Trait perfectionism and psychological distress: Evidence of the mediating effects of rumination. European Journal of Personality, 21, 429-452 PDF

O’Connor, R.C., & Forgan, G. (2007). Suicidal thinking and perfectionism: The role of goal adjustment and behavioral inhibition/activation systems (BIS/BAS). Journal of Rational-Emotive & Cognitive Behavior Therapy (Special issue on perfectionism), 25, 321-341 PDF


O’Connor, R.C., Armitage, C.J., & Gray, L. (2006). The role of clinical and social cognitive variables in parasuicide. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 45, 465-481 PDF


Smallwood, J.M., O’Connor, R.C., & Heim, D. (2005). Rumination, dysphoria and subjective experience. Imagination, Cognition and Personality, 24, 355-367.

O’Connor, D.B., Ferguson, E. & O’Connor, R.C. (2005). Intentions to use hormonal male contraception: The role of message framing. British Journal of Psychology, 96, 351-369 PDF

Cassidy, C., O’Connor, R.C., Howe, C.J. & Warden, D. (2005). Perceived discrimination among ethnic minority young people: the role of psychological variables. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 35, 1246-1265 PDF

Rasmussen, S., & O’Connor, R.C. (2005). Factors influencing anticipated decisions about sunscreen use. Journal of Health Psychology, 10, 585-595 PDF

Morrison, R. & O’Connor, R.C. (2005). Predicting psychological distress in college students: the role of rumination and stress. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 61, 447-460 PDF


O’Connor, R.C., O’Connor, D.B., O’Connor, S.M, Smallwood, J.M. &. Miles, J.(2004). Hopelessness, stress and perfectionism: the moderating effects of future thinking. Cognition and Emotion, 18, 1099-1120 PDF

O’Connor, D.B. & O’Connor, R.C. (2004). Perceived changes in food intake in response to stress: the role of conscientiousness. Stress and Health, 20, 279-291 PDF

Cassidy, C., O’Connor, R.C., Howe, C. & Warden, D. (2004). Perceived discrimination and psychological distress: the role of personal and ethnic self-esteem. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 51, 329-339 PDF

Smallwood, J., O’Connor, R.C., Sudberry, M.V., Haskell, C., & Ballantyne, C. The consequences of encoding information on the maintenance of internally generated images and thoughts: The role of meaning complexes. Consciousness and Cognition, 13, 789-820 PDF

Smallwood, J., Davies, J.B., Heim, D., Finnigan, F., Sudberry, M., O’Connor, R.C., & Obonsawin, M. (2004). Subjective experience and the attentional lapse: Task engagement and disengagement during sustained attention. Consciousness and Cognition, 13, 657-690 PDF

O’Connor, R.C. & Armitage, C.J. (2004). Theory of Planned Behaviour and Parasuicide, pp.13-25 Armitage C.J. & Christian, J. (Eds.) From attitudes to behaviour: Basic and applied research on the theory of planned behaviour. Transaction Publishers. LINK


Hunter, E. & O’Connor, R.C. (2003). Hopelessness and future thinking in parasuicide: the role of perfectionism. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 42, 355-365 PDF

O’Connor, R.C. & Armitage, C.J. (2003). Theory of Planned Behaviour and Parasuicide: An Exploratory Study. (Special Issue on Theory of Planned Behaviour), Current Psychology. PDF

O’Connor, R.C. & Leenaars, A.A. (2003). A thematic comparison of suicide notes drawn from Northern Ireland and the United States. Current Psychology, 22, 339-347. LINK

O’Connor, R.C. (2003). Suicidal Behaviour as a cry of pain: test of a psychological model. Archives of Suicide Research, 7, 297-308. PDF

O’Connor, R.C. & O’Connor, D.B. (2003). Predicting hopelessness and psychological distress: the role of perfectionism and coping. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 50, 362-372. PDF

O’Connor, D.B., Cobb, J. & O’Connor, R.C. (2003). Religiosity, stress and psychological distress: no evidence for an association among undergraduate students. Personality and Individual Differences, 34, 211-217. PDF

Smallwood, J.M., Obonsawin, M., Baracaia, S.F., Reid, H., O’Connor, R.C. & Heim, D. (2003). The relationship between rumination, dysphoria and self-referent thinking: some preliminary findings. Imagination, Cognition and Personality, 22, 317–342. PDF


Furnham, A. Li-Ping Tang, T., Lester, D O’Connor, R.C. & Montgomery, R. (2002). Self-estimates of ten multiple intelligences: Sex and National Differences and the perception of famous people. European Psychologist, 7, 245-255. PDF

Sheehy, N.P. & O’Connor, R.C. (2002). Cognitive style and suicidal behaviour: implications for therapeutic intervention, research lacunae and priorities. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling (Special issue on suicide), 30, 353-362. PDF

Bennett, J. & O’Connor, R.C. (2002). Self-harm among lesbians: the role of social support, outness, attack and internalised homophobia. Health Psychology Update, 11, 32-38.


O’Connor, D.B., O’Connor, R.C., White, B.L. & Bundred, P.E. (2001). Are occupational stress levels predictive of ambulatory blood pressure in British GPs? An exploratory study. Family Practice, 18, 92-94. PDF

O’Connor, R.C. & Sheehy, N.P. (2001). State of the art: Suicidal behaviour. The Psychologist, 14, 20-24. PDF

O’Connor, R.C. (2001). Parasuicide: cognitive vulnerability, future directed thinking and perfectionism. Pp. 243-250. In Grad O (Ed.) Suicide Risk and Protective Factors in the new millennium. Cankarjev dom.

Pre 2000

O’Connor, R.C., Sheehy, N.P. & O’Connor, D.B. (2000). Fifty cases of general hospital parasuicide. British Journal of Health Psychology, 5, 83-95. PDF

O’Connor, R.C., Connery, H. & Cheyne,W. (2000). Hopelessness: The role of depression, future directed thinking and cognitive vulnerability. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 5, 155-162. PDF

O’Connor, D.B., O’Connor, R.C., White, B.L.& Bundred, P.E. (2000). The effect of job strain on British general practitioners’ mental health. Journal of Mental Health, 9, 637-653. PDF

O’Connor, D.B., O’Connor, R.C., White, B.L. & Bundred, P.E. (2000). Job strain and ambulatory blood pressure in British general practitioners: A preliminary study. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 5, 241-250. PDF

O’Connor, R.C. (2000). A psychological perspective of suicidal behaviour: a community problem. Primary Nursing Care, 4, 18-20 

Furnham, A., Dixon, D., Harrison, T., Rasmussen, S. & O’Connor, R.C. (2000). Gender, social class and estimating IQ: Middle class males think they are the most intelligent. Psychological Reports, 87, 753-758. PDF

O’Connor, R.C., Sheehy, N.P. & O’Connor, D.B. (1999). A Thematic Suicide Note Analysis: some observations on depression and previous suicide attempt. CRISIS – Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, 20, 106-114. PDF

O’Connor, R.C., Sheehy, N.P. & O’Connor, D.B. (1999). The classification of completed suicide into sub-types. Journal of Mental Health, 8, 629-637. PDF

O’Connor, R.C. (1999). The Boundaries: Health psychology and suicidal behaviour. Health Psychology Update, 36, 4-7. 

O’Connor, R. (1998). Northern Ireland suicide and “The Troubles”. British Medical Journal, 316, 1850.

O’Connor, R.C. & Sheehy, N.P (1997). Suicide and Gender. Mortality, 2, 239-254. PDF

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