O'Connor, D.B., & O'Connor, R.C. (in press).  Health Psychology. Publisher: Routledge. TO PRE-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

Wetherall, K., Robb, K.A., O'Connor, R.C. (in press). 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

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

O'Connor, R.C., Portzky, G. (in press). The relationship between entrapment and suicidal behavior through the lens of the integrated motivational–volitional model of suicidal behavior. Current Opinion in Psychology 2018, 22:12–17. PDF


Cleare, S., Gumley, A., Cleare, C.J., O’Connor, R.C. (in press). An investigation of the factor structure of the Self-Compassion Scale. Mindfulness. 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, 183-191. PDF

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, 1-8. PDF

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. 

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, 1-7. PDF

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. (in press). 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, 63370–379PDF

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) 306-312. PDF

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.  Crisis. 36, 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, 156-171PDF

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.

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


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.


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


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

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


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