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Dr. John O'Connor
Asst Prof in Clinical Psychology, Psychology

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Rodgers, R., O'Connor, J., What's in a name? A psychoanalytic exploration of self and identity in transgender individuals who were assigned female at birth , Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 31, 2017, p140 - 159 Journal Article, 2017 URL

Fingleton, L. & O'Connor, J. , Going backstage: A psychoanalytically-informed study with amateur musicians in adult mental health services, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 2017 Journal Article, 2017 URL

Losty, M. & O'Connor, Falling outside of the 'nice little binary box': a psychoanalytic exploration of the non-binary gender identity, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 2017 Journal Article, 2017 URL

McEvoy, B., O'Connor, J. & McCarthy, O, Behind the mask: A psychodynamic exploration of the experiences of individuals diagnosed with social anxiety disorder. , Psychodynamic Psychiatry, 44, (4), 2016, p541 - 565 Journal Article, 2016

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, 2014

O' Connor, J. , To hold on or to let go?: Loss and substitution in the process of hoarding , European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling, 16, (2), 2014, p101 - 113 Journal Article, 2014

O' Connor, J., Fell, M. & Fuller, R. , Escaping, forgetting and revisiting the scene: The post-traumatic compulsion to repeat in obsessive-compulsive disorder, Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 23, 2010, p55 - 66 Journal Article, 2010

O' Connor, J., Relating to rumination and rituals: An interpersonal psychoanalytic understanding of obsessive-compulsive disorder, Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 24, 2008, p87 - 96 Journal Article, 2008

O' Connor, J. , The dynamics of protection and exposure in obsessive-compulsive disorder, Psychoanalytic Psychology, 2007, p464 - 474 Journal Article, 2007

O' Connor, J. , Between the street and the consulting room: The role of therapeutic frame in working with homeless clients, European Journal of Psychotherapy, Counselling and Health, 7, 2005, p217 - 233 Journal Article, 2005

O' Connor, Fuller, R. & Fell, R. , Interpersonal disturbance in OCD and its place in the professional consultation, Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, 21, 2004, p104 - 109 Journal Article, 2004

Research Expertise


Psychoanalytic theory and practice; Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; Depressive states; Interpersonal dynamics in groups and organisations; Hoarding and other compulsions; Psychotherapy; The training process in clinical psychology and psychotherapy; Homelessness and the experience of home; Psychosomatic states.


Bipolar states; Professional training in psychotherapy; Suicide