Stress: The Quiet Killer

  • Tue 4 Feb 20

    16:00 - 17:00

  • Colchester Campus

    STEM 3.1

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars
    Psychology Seminar Series

  • Event organiser

    Psychology, Department of

  • Contact details

    Liz Lee Reynolds

Our seminar this week welcomes Professor Daryl O'Connor discussing the implications of stress

This talk will argue that stress may indirectly contribute to health risk and reduced longevity to the extent that it produces deleterious changes in diet and/or helps maintain maladaptive health behaviours as well as directly by influencing biological processes across the life scan (e.g., blood pressure, hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis functioning).

Studies investigating the relationship between chronic stress, perseverative cognition, the cortisol response and health outcomes will be presented. The second half of the talk will describe recent work investigating the effects of childhood trauma and the role of HPA axis responses to stress in vulnerability to suicide.

The importance of studying the effects of stress across the life course and developing stress management interventions will also be highlighted.

The Speaker

Prof Daryl O'Connor is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Leeds. His research interests in stress, personality and health, behaviour change and screening, and the behavioural effects of testosterone.

He holds a number of appointments including Fellow to the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research and Fellow of the European Health Psychology Society.

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