Dr McDermott is a social and LGBTQ psychologist. He is the Co-Editor in Chief of Psychology & Sexuality and the UK Regional Chair for the SSHRC funded INQYR project.
Dr McDermott joined ARU in 2011 from NUI Galway (Ireland) where he completed a BA (Hons) Psychology and a PhD in Experimental Social Psychology. Since joining ARU, Dr McDermott has held positions as Course Group Leader, Deputy Head of Department and from 2017-18 as Acting Head of Department for Psychology. Dr McDermott is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and in 2017 received an ‘Emerging Scholar’ award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.
In collaboration with Prof. Todd Morrison (University of Saskatchewan), Dr McDermott is Co-Editor in Chief of the Taylor and Francis journal, Psychology & Sexuality. He is Past Chair of the BPS East of England Branch and is the Chair of Trustees for The Kite Trust, a regional charity in the East of England that provides support for sexual and gender minority young people.
Dr McDermott’s research has primarily focussed on sexual and gender minorities and has included examinations of the prevalence prejudice and discrimination, our conceptual understandings of such prejudices and the development and validation of both psychometric measures and interventions aimed at improving attitudes and enhancing wellbeing.
Dr McDermott’s current research projects include the SSHRC funded INQYR Project which examines the role that information and communication technologies can be used to support gender and sexual minority youth, the development and validation of a measure of ambivalent homoprejudice towards gay men, and the efficacy assessment of QueerVibe, an online intervention to promote resilience and wellbeing among trans and non-binary young people.
Areas of research supervision
- LGBTQ Psychology
- LGBTQ Health
- 2015 – present: Sam Martin (First Supervisor: Anglia Ruskin University)
- 2015 – present: Rose Lobban (External Supervisor; University of Greenwich)
- 2016 – Present: Karolyn Webb (Second Supervisor; Anglia Ruskin University)
- 2013 – 2016: Dr Ashley Brooks (First Supervisor; Anglia Ruskin University)
- 2011 – 2013: Dr Anja Lindberg (Second Supervisor; Anglia Ruskin University)
Find out more about our Psychology PhD.
- Sex, Sexuality & Gender – Module Leader
- Contemporary Social Psychology
- Applied Consumer Psychology
- B.A(Hons) Psychology – NUI Galway
- PhD in Experimental Social Psychology – NUI Galway
- PGCert (Learning and Teaching) – Anglia Ruskin University
Memberships, editorial boards
- Psychology & Sexuality – Co-Editor in Chief
- Journal of Social Psychology – Editorial Board Member
Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange
- Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (Canada) (2018-25), Co-investigator and UK Regional Chair: 'Queery'ing resilience: Leveraging information and communication technologies to negotiate gender and sexual minority youth identity and wellbeing within diverse global contexts' (CAD$2.5million)
- 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
Smith, L., Jackson, S. E., Jacob, L., Grabovac, I., Yang, L., Johnstone, J., McDermott, D. T.
, Lopez-Sanchez, G. F., Stefenac, S., Gordon, D., & Koyanagi, A. (In Press). Leisure-time sedentary behavior and sexual intercourse among adolescents aged 12-15 years in 19 countries from Africa, the Americas, and Asia. Journal of Sexual Medicine. IF = 3.65
Grabovac, I., Veronese, N., Stefenac, S., Haider, S., Jackson, S., Koyanagi, Ai, Meilinger, M., Stubbs, B., Firth, J., Soysal, P., Di Gennaro, F., Demurtas, J., McDermott, D. T.
, Abbs, A., Yang., L., & Smith, L., (In Press). HIV infection and diverse physical health outcomes: an umbrella review of meta-analyses of observational studies. Clinical Infectious Diseases. IF = 9.05
Smith, L., Cao., C., Zong, X., McDermott, D. T.
, Stefanac, S., Haider, S., Jackson, S.E., Veronese, N., Koyanagi., A., Yang, L., & Grabovac, I. (In Press). Syndemic effects of HIV risk behaviors: results from the NHANES study. Epidemiology & Infection. IF = 2.05
Grabovac, I., Smith, L., McDermott, D. T.
, Stefanac, Si., Yang, L., Veronese, N., & Jackson, S. E. (2019). Well-being among older gay and bisexual men and women in England: a cross-sectional population study. JAMDA. DOI: 10.1016/j.jamda.2019.01.119 IF = 4.90
Brooks, A. S., Luyt, R., Zawisza, M., & McDermott, D. T.
(2019). Ambivalent Homoprejudice towards Gay Men: Theory Development and Qualitative Investigation. Journal of Homosexuality. DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2019.1585729 IF = 1.28
(n.b.: Corresponding Author)
Keyes, H., Whitmore, A., Naneva, S., & McDermott, D. T.
(2019). The Priming Function of In-Car Audio Instruction. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 72, 643-650. DOI: 10.1177/1747021818773293 IF = 2.49
McDonagh, L. K., Nielsen, E. J., McDermott, D. T.
, Davies, N., & Morrison, T. G., (2018). “I want to feel like a full man”: Conceptualizing Gay, Bisexual, and Heterosexual Men’s Sexual Difficulties". Journal of Sex Research, 55, 783-801, DOI: 10.1080/00224499.2017.1410519 IF = 2.73
, Brooks, A. S., Rohleder, P., Blair, K., Hoskin, R. A., & McDonagh, L. K. (2018). Ameliorating Transnegativity: Assessing the immediate and extended efficacy of a pedagogic prejudice reduction intervention. Psychology & Sexuality, 9, 69 – 85, DOI: 10.1080/19419899.2018.1429487 IF = 2.1
Rohleder, P., McDermott, D. T.
, Cook, R. (2017). Experiences of sexual self-esteem among men living with HIV. Journal of Health Psychology, 1 – 10, DOI: 10.1177/1359105315597053 IF = 2.01
Peters, E., Morrison, T. G., McDermott, D. T.
, Bishop, C. J., & Kiss, M. (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. DOI: 10.1007/s12119-013-9210-5 IF = 0.66
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 IF = 3.057
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 & Sexuality, 3, 277-296. doi:10.1080/19419899.2012.700032 IF = 1.35
Morrison, T. G., Harrington, R., & McDermott, D. T.
(2010). Bi now, gay later: Implicit and explicit binegativity among Irish university students. Journal of Bisexuality, 10, 211 - 232. doi:10.1080/15299716.2010.500952 IF = 1.32
Ryan, T. A., Morrison, T. G., & 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, 4 - 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.
, & Shepperd, D. (2010). Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender psychology: An international conversation between researchers. Psychology and Sexuality, 1, 75 - 90. DOI: 10.1080/19419891003634612 IF = 2.1
Morrison, T. G., & McDermott, D. T.
(2009). Scale score reliability and dimensionality of the support for lesbian and gay human rights scale. Journal of Social Psychology, 149, 263 - 266. doi: 10.3200/SOCP.149.2.263-266 IF = 1.23
Morrison, T. G., Ryan, T. A., Fox, L., McDermott, D. T.
, & Morrison, M. A. (2008). Canadian University students' perceptions of the practices that constitute "normal" sexuality for men and women. Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 17, 161-171. IF = 1.08
Recent presentations and conferences
McDermott, D. T. (2018, March). Issue with the Gay Best Friend Trope: Ambivalent Homoprejudice Theory. Invited speaker at the Department of Psychology, St Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS, Canada.
McDermott, D. T. (2018, March). Ambivalent Homoprejudice Theory: A conceptual exploration. Invited speaker at the Department of Psychology, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada.
McDermott, D. T. (2018, March). Ambivalent Homoprejudice Theory: A conceptual exploration & cross-cultural comparison. Invited keynote speaker at the SPSP Sexualities pre-conference, Atlanta, GA, United States.
Lobban, R., Martin, S., Brooks, A. S., Zawisza, M., Luyt, R., & McDermott, D. T. (2017, December). Gays for Trump and #WomenWhoVoteTrump: Empowering identities? A roundtable panel presentation at International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Political Masculinities and Populism conference, Landau, Germany.
McDermott, D. T. (2017, June). The Changing Nature of Prejudice Towards Sexual Minority Men: Ambivalent Homoprejudice Theory. Invited Keynote 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 presented at the Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.
Brooks, A. S., Zawisza, M., Luyt, R., & McDermott, D. T. (2017, June). The psychometric properties of a new measure of attitudinal ambivalence towards gay men. Poster 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 to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Social Psychology Section of the British Psychological Society, Cardiff, the United Kingdom.
Brooks, A. S., Zawisza, M., Luyt, R., & McDermott, D. T. (2016, September). Ambivalence Towards Gay Men: A Qualitative Investigation. Paper to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Social Psychology Section of the British Psychological Society, Cardiff, the 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., (2015, April). Prejudice towards sexual minorities: An examination of a multitude of issues? Invited keynote presentation at the 29th Annual European Federation of Psychology Students’ Associations (EFPSA) congress, Snri, Czech Republic.
McDermott, D. T., (2015, April). Prejudice towards gay men: Where do we stand? Invited presentation at the University of Limerick’s Department of Psychology research colloquia series, Limerick, Ireland.