in Psychology/Behavioural Science,
John Hume Building, Maynooth University,
I am a behavioural scientist researching human health and well-being, how they are interrelated, and how they are determined by psychological traits and economic circumstances.
Michael completed his BA and PhD in Psychology at Trinity College Dublin. Previously, Michael has been a Trinity College Dublin Ussher Fellow, a Fulbright Scholar at Florida State University, a lecturer in the School of Psychology in the University of Manchester, a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow researching at the University of Aberdeen and University College Dublin, and an ESRC Future Research Leader at the University of Stirling. Michael took up a position as Senior Lecturer in the University of Stirling in 2012 and cofounded the Stirling Behavioural Science Centre with Prof. Liam Delaney at that time. From 2015-2018 Michael was a Reader in Behavioural Science in the Stirling Management School.
Michael Daly is an Associate Professor based in the Department of Psychology, Maynooth University, (full CV here)
TEL: +353 (0) 14747742
List of publications, most recent contributions are linked below:
Daly, M., & Robinson, E. (under review). Problem drinking before and during the COVID-19 crisis in US and UK adults: Evidence from two population-based longitudinal studies. https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.06.25.20139022
Daly, M., Sutin, A.R., & Robinson, E. (under review). Longitudinal changes in mental health and the COVID-19 pandemic: Evidence from the UK Household Longitudinal Study. https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/qd5z7
Daly, M. (in press). Personality traits and social structure. In M. Maclachlan & J. McVeigh (Eds.). Macropsychology - A population science for sustainable development. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.
Daly, M., Obschonka, M., Stuetzer, M., Sutin, A.R., Shaw-Taylor, L., Satchell, M., & Robinson, E. (in press). Neuroticism mediates the relationship between industrial history and modern-day regional obesity levels. Journal of Personality,
Daly, M., & Robinson, E. (in press). Psychological distress and adaptation to the COVID-19 crisis in the United States. Journal of Psychiatric Research.
Daly, M., & Robinson, E. (in press). High-risk drinking in midlife before vs. during the COVID-19 crisis: Longitudinal evidence from the UK. American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Lades, L., Laffan, K., Daly, M., & Delaney, L. (in press). Daily emotional well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. British Journal of Health Psychology, doi.org/10.1111/bjhp.12450
Robinson, E., Haynes, A., Sutin, A..R., & Daly, M. (in press). Self-perception of overweight and obesity: A review of mental and physical health outcomes. Obesity Science & Practice, doi.org/10.1002/osp4.424
Daly, M., Sutin, A.R., & Robinson, E. (2021). Depression reported by US adults in 2017-2018 and March and April 2020. Journal of Affective Disorders, 278, 131-135.
Bridger, E. K., & Daly, M. (2020). Intergenerational social mobility predicts midlife well-being: prospective evidence from two large British cohorts. Social Science & Medicine, 261, 113217.
Daly, M., Sutin, A.R., & Robinson. E. (2020). Perceived overweight and suicidality among US adolescents from
1999-2017. International Journal of Obesity, 44, 2075-2079. doi.org/10.1038/s41366-020-0620-9
Mousteri, V., Daly, M., & Delaney, L. (2020). Underemployment and psychological distress: Propensity score and fixed effects estimates from two large UK samples. Social Science & Medicine, 244, 112641.
Robinson, E., Sutin, A..R., & Daly, M. (2020). Association of parental identification of child overweight and mental health problems during childhood. International Journal of Obesity, 44, 1928-1935. doi:10.1038/s41366-020-0587-6
Sutin, A. R., Robinson, E., Daly, M., Gerend, M. A., Stephan, Y., Luchetti, M., Aschwanden, D., Strickhouser, J. E., Lee, J. H., Sesker, A. A., & Terracciano, A. (2020). Body mass index, weight discrimination, and psychological, behavioral, and interpersonal responses to the coronavirus pandemic. Obesity, 28, 1590-1594.
Sutin, A.R., Stephan, Y., Gerend, M. A., Robinson, E., Daly, M., & Terracciano, A. (2020). Perceived weight discrimination and performance in five domains of cognitive function. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 131, 109793. doi: 10.1016/ j.jpsychores.2019.109793
Sutin, A. R., Stephan, Y., Robinson, E., Daly, M., & Terracciano, A. (2020). Body-related discrimination and dieting and substance use behaviors in adolescence. Appetite, 151,104689. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2020.104689
Angelini, V., Daly, M., Moro, M., Navarro Paniagua, M., Sidman, E., Walker, I., & Weldon, M. (2019). The effect of the Winter Fuel Payment on household temperature and health: a regression discontinuity design study. Public Health Research, 7(1). doi: 10.3310/phr07010
Bridger, E.K., & Daly, M. (2019). Cognitive ability as moderator of the association between social disadvantage and psychological distress: evidence from a population-based sample. Psychological Medicine, 49, 1545-1554.
Crowe, E., Daly, M., Delaney, L., Carroll, S., & Malone, K.M. (2019). The intra-day dynamics of affect, self-esteem, tiredness, and suicidality in Major Depression. Psychiatry Research, 279, 98-108. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2018.02.032
Daly, M., & Corcoran, R. P. (2019). Kindergarten self-control mediates the gender reading achievement gap. Journal of Research in Personality, 83, doi: 10.1016/j.jrp.2019.103881
Daly, M., Hall, P.A., & Allan, J.L. (2019). Time perspective and all-cause mortality: Evidence from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 5, 486-492.
Daly, M., Sutin, A.R., & Robinson, E. (2019). Perceived weight discrimination mediates the prospective association between obesity and physiological dysregulation: evidence from a population-based cohort. Psychological Science, 30, 1030-1039. doi: 10.1177/0956797619849440.
Haynes, A., Kersbergen, I., Sutin, A., Daly, M., & Robinson, E. (2019). Does perceived overweight increase risk of depressive symptoms and suicidality beyond objective weight status? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology Review. doi: 10.1016/j.cpr.2019.101753
Mousteri, V., Daly, M., Delaney, L., Tynelius, P., & Rasmussen, F. (2019). Adolescent mental health and unemployment over the lifespan: Population evidence from Sweden. Social Science & Medicine, 222, 305-314.
Sutin, A.R., Stephan, Y., Robinson, E., Daly, M., & Terracciano, A. (2019). Perceived weight discrimination and risk of incident dementia. International Journal of Obesity, 43, 1130-1134.
Daly, M. (2018). Social media use may explain little of the recent rise in depressive symptoms among adolescent girls. Clinical Psychological Science, 6, 295-296.
Haynes, A, Kersbergen, I., Sutin, A.R., Daly, M., & Robinson, E. (2018). A systematic review of the relationship between weight status perceptions and weight loss attempts, strategies, behaviours, and outcomes. Obesity Reviews, 19, 347-363.
McCabe, S., & Daly, M. (2018). Work, love, and death thought accessibility: a terror management investigation. British Journal of Social Psychology, 57, 754-772.
Mousteri, V., Daly, M., & Delaney, L. (2018). The scarring effect of unemployment on psychological well-being across Europe. Social Science Research, 72,146-169.
Robinson, E., Sutin, A.R., & Daly, M. (2018). Self-perceived overweight, weight loss attempts, and weight gain: Evidence from two large, longitudinal cohorts. Health Psychology, 37, 940-947.
Sutin, A. R., Robinson, E., Daly, M., & Terracciano, A. (2018). Perceived body discrimination and intentional self-harm and suicide behavior in adolescence. Childhood Obesity, 14. doi: 10.1089/chi.2018.0096
Boyce, C. J., Daly, M., Hounkpatin, H. O., & Wood, A. M. (2017). Money may buy happiness, but often so little that it doesn’t matter. Psychological Science, 28, 544-546.
Bridger, E.K., & Daly, M. (2017). Does cognitive ability buffer the link between childhood disadvantage and adult health? Health Psychology, 36, 966-976.
Daly, M., & Egan. M. (2017). Childhood cognitive ability and smoking initiation, relapse, and cessation throughout adulthood: Evidence from two British cohort studies. Addiction, 112, 651-659.
Daly, M., Robinson, E., & Sutin, A.R. (2017). Does knowing hurt? Perceiving oneself as overweight predicts future physical health and well-being. Psychological Science, 28, 872-881.
Doyle, O., Delaney, L., O’Farrelly, C., Fitzpatrick, N., & Daly, M. (2017). Can early Intervention improve maternal well-being? Evidence from a randomized controlled trial. PLOS ONE, 12, e0169829.
Egan, M., Daly, M., & Delaney, L. (2017). Childhood psychological predictors of lifelong economic outcomes. In R. Ranyard (Ed.), Economic Psychology: The Science of Economic Mental Life and Behaviour (pp. 337-353). Wiley/Blackwell.
Egan, M., Daly, M., Delaney, L., Boyce, C., & Wood, A. (2017). Adolescent conscientiousness predicts lower lifetime unemployment. Journal of Applied Psychology, 102, 700-709.
Lades, L.K., Egan, M., Delaney, L., & Daly, M. (2017). Childhood self-control and adult pension participation. Economics Letters, 161, 102-104.
McMinn, D., Fergusson, S.J., & Daly, M. (2017). Does pride really come before a fall? A longitudinal analysis of older English adults. British Medical Journal, 359, j5451.
Robinson, E., Haynes, A., Sutin, A.R., & Daly, M. (2017). Telling people they are overweight: helpful, harmful or beside the point? International Journal of Obesity, 41, 1160-1161.
Robinson, E., Sutin, A.R., & Daly, M. (2017). Perceived weight discrimination mediates the prospective relation between obesity and depressive symptoms in US and UK adults. Health Psychology, 36, 112-121.
Sutin, A. R., Rust, G., Robinson, E., Daly, M., & Terracciano, A. (2017). Parental perception of child weight and inflammation: Perceived overweight is associated with higher child c-reactive protein. Biological Psychology, 130, 50-53.
Allan, J.L., McMinn, D., & Daly, M. (2016). A bidirectional relationship between executive function and health behavior: evidence, implications, and future directions. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 10(386).
Daly, M., Egan, M., Quigley, J., Delaney, L., & Baumeister, R.F. (2016). Childhood self-control predicts smoking throughout life: Evidence from 21,000 cohort study participants. Health Psychology, 35, 1254-1263.
Egan, M., Daly, M., & Delaney, L. (2016). Adolescent psychological distress, unemployment, and the Great Recession: Evidence from the National Longitudinal Study of Youth 1997. Social Science & Medicine, 156, 98-105.
Alquist, J.L., Ainsworth, S.E., Baumeister, R.F., Daly, M., & Stillman, T.F. (2015). The making of might-have-beens: Effects of free will beliefs on counterfactual thinking. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 41, 268 - 283.
Daly, M., Boyce, C.J., & Wood, A.M. (2015). A social rank explanation of how money influences health. Health Psychology, 34, 222 - 230.
Supplementary tables for this paper are available here.
Daly, M., Delaney, L., & Baumeister, R. F. (2015). Self-control, future orientation, smoking, and the impact of Dutch tobacco control measures. Addictive Behaviors Reports, 1, 89 - 96.
Daly, M., Delaney, L., Egan, M., & Baumeister, R. F. (2015). Childhood self-control and unemployment throughout the lifespan: evidence from two British cohort studies. Psychological Science, 26, 709 - 723.
Supplementary content and tables for this paper are available here.
Daly, M., Egan, M., & O'Reilly, F. (2015). Childhood general cognitive ability predicts leadership role occupancy across life: Evidence from17,000 cohort study participants. Leadership Quarterly, 26, 323 - 341.
Daly, M., McMinn, D., & Allan, J. L. (2015). A bidirectional relationship between physical activity and executive function in older adults. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8, 1044.
Egan, M., Daly, M., & Delaney, L. (2015). Childhood psychological distress and youth unemployment: evidence from two British cohort studies. Social Science & Medicine, 124, 11 - 17.
Supplementary content and tables for this paper are available here.
Robinson, E., Hunger, J. M., & Daly, M. (2015). Perceived weight status and risk of weight gain across life in US and UK adults. International Journal of Obesity, 12, 1721 - 1726.
Wetherall, K., Daly, M., Robb, K. A., Wood, A.M., & O'Connor, R. C. (2015). Explaining the income and suicidality relationship: Income rank is more strongly associated with suicidal thoughts and attempts than income. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 50, 929 - 937.
Daly, M. (2014). Association of ambient indoor temperature with body mass index in England. Obesity, 22, 626 - 629.
Daly, M., Baumeister, R.F., Delaney, L., & MacLachlan, M. (2014). Self-control and its relation to emotions and psychobiology: evidence from a Day Reconstruction Method Study. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 37, 81 - 93.
Tate, K., Stewart, A.J., & Daly, M. (2014). Influencing green behaviour through environmental goal-priming:The mediating role of automatic evaluation. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 38, 225 - 232.
Daly, M. (2013). Personality may explain the association between cannabis use and neuropsychological impairment.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (letters), 110(11).
Daly, M. (2013). The relationship of C-reactive protein to obesity-related depressive symptoms: a longitudinal study. Obesity, 21, 248 - 250.
Daly, M., & Delaney, L. (2013). The scarring effect of unemployment throughout adulthood on psychological distress at age 50: Estimates controlling for early adulthood distress and childhood psychological factors. Social Science and Medicine, 80, 19 - 23.
McAuliffe, E., Daly, M., Kamwendo, F., Masanja, H., Sidat, M., & de Pinho, H. (2013). The critical role of supervision in retaining staff in obstetric services: A three country study. PLOS ONE, 8, e58415.
McMinn, D., Allan, J., & Daly, M. (2013). Executive functioning affects health behaviour in older people too. British Medical Journal (letters), 347, f7440. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f7440
Daly, M. (2012). Are momentary measures of positive affect better predictors of mortality than recalled feelings?
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (letters), 109(18).
Daly, M. (2012). Importance of accurately measuring spatial abilities. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (letters), 109(10).
Daly, M. (2012). Childhood trauma may combine synergistically with stimulant use rather than cannabis use to predict psychosis. Psychological Medicine, 42, 445-446.
Daly, M. (2012). The midlife peak in distress amongst the disadvantaged and existing ideas about mental health inequalities over the lifespan. Psychological Medicine, 42, 215-216.
Daly, M. (2011). Childhood psychotic symptoms: link between non-consensual sex and later psychosis. British Journal of Psychiatry, 199, 251- 252.
Daly, M. (2011). Intelligence differences may explain the link between childhood psychological problems and adult socioeconomic status. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (letters), 108(27).
Daly, M. (2011). Poor childhood mental health may explain linkages between trauma, cannabis use and later psychotic experiences. Psychological Medicine, 41, 2012 - 2014.
Daly, M., Delaney, L., Doran, P., & MacLachlan, M. (2011). The role of awakening cortisol and psychological distress in diurnal variations in affect: A Day Reconstruction Study. Emotion, 11, 524 - 532.
Daly, M., Hevey, D., & Regan, C. (2011). The role of perceived risk in general practitioners’ decisions to inform partners of HIV-infected patients. British Journal of Health Psychology, 16, 273 - 287.
Daly, M., & MacLachlan, M. (2011). Heredity links natural hazards and human health: Apolipoprotein E gene moderates the health of earthquake survivors. Health Psychology, 30, 228 - 235.
Daly, M. (2011). Physical health differences may provide a general explanation for why happy people live longer: A Letter to the Editor regarding Wiest et al (2011). Health Psychology.
Daly, M., Delaney, L., Doran, P., Harmon, C., MacLachlan, M., & Daly, M. (2010). Naturalistic monitoring of the affect-heart rate relationship: A Day Reconstruction Study. Health Psychology, 29, 186 -195.
Kellaghan, T., & Daly, M. (2010). Opinions of the Irish public on the availability of information about schools. Irish Journal of Education, 38, 43 - 72.
Daly, M., Harmon, C., & Delaney, L. (2009). Psychological and Biological Foundations of Time Preference. Journal of the European Economic Association, 7, 659 - 669.
Daly, M., & Baumeister, R.F. (2009). Social support and mental health. In: Salem Health: Psychology & Mental Health. Salem Press, pp. 1838 - 1841.
Bellgrove, M.A., Barry, E., Johnson, K.A., Cox, M., Daibhis, A., Daly, M., Hawi, Z., Lambert, D., Fitzgerald, M., McNicholas, F., Robertson, I.H., Gill, M., & Kirley, A. (2008). Spatial attentional bias as a marker of genetic risk, symptom severity, and stimulant response in ADHD. Neuropsychopharmacology, 33, 2536-2545.
Johnson, K.A., Barry, E., Bellgrove, M.A., Cox, M., Kelly, S.P., Daibhis, A., Daly, M., Keavey, M.,, Watchorn, A., Fitzgerald, M.,
McNicholas, F., Kirley, A., Robertson, I.H., & Gill, M. (2008). Dissociation in response to methylphenidate on response variability in a group of medication naive children with ADHD. Neuropsychologia, 46, 1532 - 1541.
Johnson, K.A., Kelly, S.P., Robertson, I.H., Barry, E., Mulligan, A., Daly, M., Lambert, D., McDonnell, C., Connor, T.J., Hawi, Z., Gill, M., & Bellgrove, M.A. (2008). Absence of the 7-repeat variant of the DRD4 VNTR is associated with drifting sustained attention in children with ADHD but not in controls. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics, 147B, 927-937.
Johnson, K.A., Robertson, I.H., Barry, E., Mulligan, A., Daibhis, A., Daly, M., Watchorn, A., Gill, M. & Bellgrove, M.A. (2008). Impaired conflict resolution and alerting in children with ADHD: evidence from the Attention Network Task (ANT). Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 49, 1339-1347.
Bellgrove, M.A., Chambers, C.D., Johnson, K.A., Daibhis, A., Daly, M., Hawi, Z., Lambert, D., Gill, M., & Robertson, I.H. (2007). Dopaminergic genotype biases spatial attention in healthy children. Molecular Psychiatry, 12, 786-792.
Grey, I., Bruton, C., Honan, R., McGuinness, R., & Daly, M. (2007). Co-operative Learning for Children with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Mainstream and Special Class Settings: An exploratory study. Educational Psychology in Practice, 23, 317-327.
Grey, I., Honan, R., McClean, B., & Daly, M. (2005). Evaluating the effectiveness of teacher training in Applied Behaviour Analysis. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 9, 209-227.
Kellaghan, T., & Daly, M. (2005). Opinions of the Irish public on the goals of primary education. Irish Journal of Education, 36, 91-115.