Dr Daragh McDermott

Deputy Head of Department

Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology


Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Applied, Social and Health Psychology

Daragh is a social psychologist whose research examines the psychology of prejudice and intergroup relations, in particular towards sexual (ie gay and lesbian) and gender (ie trans) minorities.

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Daragh is our Deputy Head of Department who's been teaching psychology since 2009. He joined ARU in 2011. He is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a Chartered Scientist with the Science Council, and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

An experimental social psychologist by training, Daragh applies his expertise to his teaching. He lectures and teaches seminars in social psychology, research techniques for psychology and the psychology of sex, sexuality and gender to undergraduate and postgraduate students. He also provides guidance and supervises a range of final year, postgraduate and doctoral research students.

Research interests

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Daragh is a member of our following research areas:

These all form part of our Applied, Social and Health Psychology Research Group.

Areas of research supervision

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  • Prejudice towards sexual and gender minorities
  • Construct measurement and scale validation
  • The psychology of sex, sexuality and sexual health (including HIV)
  • Sexual and gender minority people’s lived experience
  • Ashley Brooks, PhD thesis, The Ambivalent Homoprejudice Scale (AHS): Conceptualisation, Construction and Validation

Find out more about our Psychology PhD.


  • PhD (NUI)
  • PGCE Learning & Teaching
  • BA (Hons) Psychology

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Chartered Scientist, Science Council
  • Associate Fellow, British Psychological Society
  • Senior Fellow, the Higher Education Academy

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange


  • Co-Editor, Sexual Minority Research in the New Millennium (2012)
  • Ad Hoc reviewer, Journal of Social Psychology, Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, Psychology & Sexuality, Gay and Lesbian Issues and Psychology Review, Journal of Homosexuality, The British Council [Researcher Links Award], The Wellcome Trust.

Selected recent publications

McDermott, D.T., Morrison, T.G., McDonagh, L.K. and O'Doherty, A.C.M., in press. A test of prejudice reduction towards lesbian women: the effects of imaginary contact on explicit and implicit homonegativity. In Morrison, T.G., Morrison, M.A., McDermott, D.T. and Carrigan, M. (Eds.) exual minority research in the new millennium. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers. (Note: submitted for blind peer review.)

Rohleder, P. A., McDermott, D.T. and Cook, R., submitted. Experience of sexual self-esteem among men living with HIV.

Bloore, R., Finlay, W.M. and McDermott, D.T., submitted. The relationship between fear of happiness and personality.

Peters, E., McDermott, D.T. and Morrison, T. G., 2014. Age is in the eye of the beholder: Examining the cues employed to construct the illusion of youth in teen pornography. Sexuality & Culture, 18, pp.527-546.

Carey, R.N., McDermott, D.T. and Sarma, K., 2013. The impact of threat appeals on fear arousal and driver behavior: a meta-analysis of experimental research 1990–2011. PLoS One, 8(5), e62821, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0062821.

McDermott, D.T. and Blair, K.L., 2012. 'What’s it like on your side of the pond?: A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Modern and Old-Fashioned Homonegativity Between North American and European Samples. Psychology and Sexuality, 3, pp.277-296, DOI: 10.1080/19419899.2012.700032.

Morrison, T.G., Ryan, T.A., Fox, L., McDermott, D.T. and Morrison, M.A., 2012. Canadian University students' perceptions of the practices that constitute 'normal' sexuality for men and women. In Naugler, D. (Ed.) (2012). Canadian perspectives on sexualities studies: Identities, Experiences, and the Contexts of Change. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press.

Morrison, T.G., Morrison, M.A., Carrigan, M. and McDermott, D.T., 2012. (Eds.) Sexual Minority Research in the New Millennium. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Morrison, T.G., Harrington, R. and McDermott, D.T., 2010. Bi now, gay later: Implicit and explicit binegativity among Irish university students. Journal of Bisexuality, 10, pp.211-232, DOI: 10.1080/15299716.2010.500952.

Ryan, T.A., Morrison, T.G. and McDermott, D.T., 2010. Body image investment among gay and bisexual men over the age of 40: A test of social comparison theory and threatened masculinity theory. Gay and Lesbian Issues and Psychology Review, 6, pp4-20.

Adams, J., Blair, K.L., Borrero-Bracero, N.I., Espin, O.M., Hayfield, N.J., Hegarty, P., Hermann-Green, L., Hsu, M.D., Maurer, 0., Manalastas, E.J., McDermott, D.T. and Shepperd, D., 2010. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender psychology: An international conversation between researchers. Psychology and Sexuality, 1, pp.75-90, DOI: 10.1080/19419891003634612.

Recent presentations and conferences

McDermott, D. T. (forthcoming, 2015). Prejudice Towards Sexual Minorities: An Examination of a Multitude of Issues. Invited keynote speaker at the European Federation of Psychology Students Convention, Snri, Croatia.

McDermott, D.T., 2014. Assaults on Identity: Microaggressions towards sexual minorities. Panellist at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas, University of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK.

McDermott, D.T., 2014. Cultural homophobia: An examination of homoprejudicial microaggressions. Invited keynote speaker at the University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK.

Rohleder, P., Cook, R.E., and McDermott, D.T., 2013. Stigma, shame and sexual wellbeing. Paper presented at the XI International AIDS Impact Conference, Barcelona, Spain.

Malesevic, V. and McDermott, D.T., 2012. Students’ sexuality in Galway City: Preliminary Findings. Paper presented at Sociological Association of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland.

McDermott, D.T. and Blair, K.L., 2012. 'What’s it like on your side of the pond?': A cross cultural comparison of modern and old-fashioned homonegativity between North American and European samples. Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Carey, R.N., McDermott, D.T. and Sarma, K., 2011. The impact of threat based road safety advertising campaigns on risky driving behaviour: a meta-analysis. Paper presentation at the Annual Meeting of the British Psychological Society Social Psychology Section, Cambridge, UK. 

Malesevic, V. and McDermott, D.T., 2011. Religion and Sex from Sociological Perspective. Paper presentation at the European Science Foundation conference Religion, Gender and Human Rights: Challenges for Multicultural and Democratic Societies, Linkoping, Sweden.

McDonagh, L.K., McDermott, D.T. and Morrison, T.G., 2011. Something of a disaster: conceptualizations of sexual dysfunctions in gay, bi and straight men. Poster presentation at the 20th World Congress for Sexual Health, Glasgow, UK.

McDermott, D.T., Carey, R., McDonagh, L.K. and Morrison, T.G., 2011. Reducing transphobia: A classroom based prejudice reduction intervention exercise. Poster presentation at the Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association, Toronto, Ontario.

McDermott, D.T., Morrison, T.G. and Stewart, I., 2011. Reducing modern homonegativity: Does perspective taking help? Poster presentation at the Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association, Toronto, Ontario.