Dr Daragh McDermott

Deputy Head of Department

Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology

Department:Psychology

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 (i.e., gay and lesbian) and gender (i.e., trans) minorities.

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daragh.mcdermott@anglia.ac.uk

Background

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 in quantitative and qualitative research methods 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
  • Driving Behaviour
    • Karolyn Webb (2016 – present): From novice to natural – What physiological, neurophysiological and behavioural differences between experienced and novice drivers tells us about learning to drive (Second Supervisor; Ongoing)
    • Sam Martin (2015 – present): Homoprejudice in Everyday Interactions among Men: Developing a Practical Intervention to Empower Sexual Minority Youth (First supervisor; Ongoing)
    • Rosemary Lobban (2015 – present): Heterosexist microaggressions as hegemonic masculinity practices: Implications for the British construction industry (External Supervisor at University of Greenwich; Ongoing)
    • Dr Ashley Brooks (2013 – 2016): The Ambivalent Homoprejudice Scale (AHS): Conceptualsiation, Construction and Validation (First Supervisor; Completed)
    • Dr Anja Lindberg (2011 -  2013): Children’s emotional awareness: its causes, consequences, and the specific role of parental emotional validation (Second Supervisor; Completed)

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Qualifications

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

Memberships, editorial boards

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  • Chartered Scientist, Science Council
  • Associate Fellow, British Psychological Society
  • Senior Fellow, the Higher Education Academy
  • Co-editor in Chief, Psychology & Sexuality
  • Co-editor, Sexual Minority Research in the New Millennium (2012)
  • Conference organiser, Political Masculinities as Agents of Change (December 9th – 11th, 2016) - Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
  • Scientific Committee Member, International Psychological Applications Conference and Trends (InPACT) (2016 – Present)
  • 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.

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Small Grant (2015) with Dr Helen Keyes: ‘Preparing drivers to respond to road turns safely: What neural mechanism drives differences between experienced and novice drivers?' (£9,317)
  • LGBT Consortium & the UK Government Equality Office (2015) with Dr Russell Luyt: 'Analysis of LGBT Research in the UK' (£3,000)
  • LGBT Consortium & Trust for London (2014) with Dr Russell Luyt: 'An LGBT Narrative for London' (£13,500)
  • South Essex Partnership Trust (2013) with Dr Poul Rohleder: 'Improving Staff Competencies in working with LGBT Mental Health Service Users in the South Essex Partnership Trust (SEPT)' (£22,955)

Selected recent publications

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McDonagh, L. K., Morrison, T. G., & McDermott, D. T. (Submitted). “I want to feel like a full man”: Conceptualising sexual difficulties. Journal of Sex Research.

Keyes, H., Whitmore, A., Naneva, S., & McDermott, D. T. (Submitted). Comparing visual road sign and audio in-car information system priming for road turns. Human Factors.

McDermott, D.T., Brooks, A. S., McDonagh, L. K., & Rohleder, P. (Submitted). Ameliorating Transprejudice: Assessing the immediate and extended efficacy of a pedagogic prejudice reduction intervention. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

McDermott, D. T., & Luyt, R. (2016). Still Out There: An Exploration of LGBT Londoners' Unmet Needs. A report produced for the LGBT Consortium & Trust for London. [NB: Externally Funded]

Rohleder, P., McDermott, D. T., Cook, R. (2015). Experiences of sexual self-esteem among men living with HIV. Journal of Health Psychology, 1 – 10, DOI: 10.1177/1359105315597053

Peters, E., McDermott, D. T., & 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, 527 – 546.

Carey, R. N., McDermott, D. T., & 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., & 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, 277-296. doi:10.1080/19419899.2012.700032

McDermott, D.T., Morrison, T.G., McDonagh, L.K. and O'Doherty, A.C.M., (2012). 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.) Sexual 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. (2017, June). The Changing Nature of Prejudice Towards Sexual Minority Men: Ambivalent Homoprejudice Theory. Invited Speaker for the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity section at the Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.

McDermott, D. T., Brooks, A. S., Zawisza, M., & Luyt, R. (2017, June). Is the grass really greener? A cross-cultural assessment of ambivalent homoprejudice towards gay men. Paper to be presented at the Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.

McDermott, D. T. (2017, February). When identities and cultures collide: A discussion of sexual and social identities. Invited Speaker for the British Science Association Cambridge SciScreen series, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

McDermott, D. T. (2016, October). Prejudice directed towards gender minorities and the utility of an education based intervention in promoting positive attitudes towards trans people. Invited Panellist for Cambridge Festival of Ideas, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Brooks, A. S., Zawisza, M., Luyt, R., & McDermott, D. T. (2016, September). Are Heterosexuals' Attitudes Towards Gay Men Becoming Ambivalent? Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Social Psychology Section of the British Psychological Society, Cardiff, United Kingdom.

Brooks, A. S., Zawisza, M., Luyt, R., & McDermott, D. T. (2016, September). Ambivalence Towards Gay Men: A Qualitative Investigation. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Social Psychology Section of the British Psychological Society, Cardiff, United Kingdom.

McDermott, D. T., & Luyt, R. (2016, July). Still Out There: An exploration of the unmet needs of LGBT Londoners. Invited keynote address to the London LGBT Summit. The Guildhall, London.

McDermott, D. T., Rohleder, P., Cook, R. (2015, December) “HIV and Me”: The transition from destruction to re-emergence of men’s sexual self-esteem. Paper presented at the International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Political Masculinities and Social Transition, Landau, Germany.

Rohleder, P., McDermott, D. T., & Cook, R. (2015, July). “I’m never going to have sex again”: Sexual self-esteem among men living with HIV. Poster to be presented at the XII International AIDS Impact Conference, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

McDermott, D. T., Brooks, A. S., & Rohleder, P. (2015, June). An assessment of transphobia among British respondents. Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association, Ottawa, Ontario.

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.