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Dr. John O'Connor

Asst Prof in Clinical Psychology (Psychology)

  Adolescent Psychology   Bipolar states   Clinical Psychology   Culture, systems and development   DEPRESSION   Emotional/Mental Health   FAMILY   Mental Health Services   Organizational Theory and Behavior   PARENT-CHILD RELATIONS   Professional training in psychotherapy   PSYCHOTHERAPY   Suicide
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External examiner for Postgraduate Diploma in Psychotherapy Studies at University College Dublin.
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Irish Council for Psychotherapy 2010 Present
McDonald, M. & O'Connor, J. , 'What are you looking for?': A psychoanalytically oriented qualitative study of men's compulsive use of internet pornography, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Meehan, S., O'Connor, J., & Keogh, K. , Beauty and the beast: A psychoanalytically oriented qualitative study detailing mothers' experience of perinatal obsessive"compulsive disorder. , International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 19, (1), 2021, p158 - 176, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Philpott, L. & O'Connor, J., An unthinkable and unbearable injury: psychoanalytically-oriented qualitative research with men who have experienced intimate partner violence, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 34, (4), 2020, p293 - 308, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Clancy, J., O'Connor, J., & Ni Mhaolain, C. , Gripped by the chaos: A psychoanalytically-informed qualitative exploration of adolescent ADHD, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 34, (3), 2020, p228 - 245, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Blackburn, B., O'Connor, J., & Parsons, H. , Becoming needless: A psychoanalytically informed qualitative study exploring the interpersonal and intrapsychic experiences of longstanding anorexia nervosa, International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 2020, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Hesse Tyson, C., O'Connor, J., & Sheehan, J.D. , No space for mother's mind: A psychoanalytically oriented qualitative study of the experiences of women with a diagnosis of postnatal depression., International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 2020, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Byrne, A., O'Connor, J., Wilson O'Raghallaigh, J. & MacHale, S. , Something torn or burst or unbearable: a psychoanalytically-informed exploration of the experience of somatic symptoms., Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 33, (1), 2019, p5 - 19, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
O'Connor, J. , From repeated impingement to cumulative trauma: A psychodynamic approach to the development of obsessional thinking-in some cases. , International Journal of Psychotherapy, 23, (2), 2019, p6 - 20, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Mulhall, K., O'Connor, J., & Timulakova, K. , Managing the monster in the mind: A psychoanalytically informed qualitative study exploring the experiences of people diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 33, (2), 2019, p117 - 132, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Fingleton, L., O'Connor, J. & Stynes, G., Going backstage: A psychoanalytically-informed study with amateur musicians in adult mental health services, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 2018, p4 - 18, Notes: [DOI: 10.1080/02668734.2017.1382564], Journal Article, IN_PRESS  URL

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Barrett, C, O' Connor, J., Carroll, S., Edworthy, Z., Cox, D. & Healy, F. , Living in the shadow: Exploring the Experiences of Adolescents Living with Cystic Fibrosis using Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis, National Cystic Fibrosis Conference, Killarney, January, 2014, 2014, Poster, PUBLISHED


Over the last twenty years, I have been involved in a number of projects that have looked at the experiences of people diagnosed with OCD. This has involved collaboration with various clinical settings, and the work of psychologists in clinical training. A number of different populations here:: a general adult population; a population of people with longstanding diagnoses; a population of women peri-natal and post-natal presentations. In recent years, this work has related strongly to the role of trauma in a wide sense in the development of these thoughts, as also the part that transgenerational transmission of anxiety may play here. I have been involved in supervising a range of research projects on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology relating to binge eating, gambling, pornography use, self-harm (including cutting of the skin). This has reflected my own clinical interest in the area of compulsions, partly connected to my work on obsessive-compulsive disorder, but also related to ritualization in groups, organizations and society more generally. I have an ingoing interest in practice-based evidence, and I am committed to bringing the experiences of people who practice clinically into a more public sphere. I am concerned that this kind of learning is left at an individual level or as a part of small groups of professionals, in the relatively-protected, even closed, context of the clinician-only conference. I am also interested in the meeting place between distress and creativity, and I have supported and continue to support students and trainees engaged in work in this area (Music, Sport, Art). Among these are projects exploring elite athletes" experience of retirement, musicians" experiences of performance anxiety, and the process of art therapy in a group context. I am passionately committed to the use of qualitative research with multiple interviews as a way of highlighting ... and of tr... I have an ongoing interest in the dynamics of clinical interactions, including in psychotherapy and supervision relationships.