Diarmuid Verrier

Dr Diarmuid Verrier PhD, CPsychol, AFBPsS, SFHEA

Senior Lecturer in Psychology


I am a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Course Leader of the MSc in Developmental Psychology.


I received my BA in Psychology from the National University of Ireland, Galway in 2002 and my PhD from the same institution in 2009. I joined Sheffield Hallam University in 2010 after spending some time researching the influence of sleep deprivation on cognition and cardiovascular function.

Since becoming a member of the Department of Psychology, Sociology, and Politics, I have continued to do research and have taught on a wide array of modules. Particular teaching interests include research methods and statistics, personality, and health-related psychobiology. I co-lead the first year module Psychology Practicals and Statistics and teach on more advanced statistics modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Other module leaderships include Psychobiological Determinants of Health on our MSc  in Health Psychology and Psychology of Differential Development on our MSc in Developmental Psychology.

My research interests are broad, but a common theme is the use of an individual differences perspective.  I have done several studies on social processes in autism alongside other studies looking at topics as diverse as gaming motivation, academic buoyancy and narcissism. I am particularly interested in the overlap or continuity between 'normal' behaviour and psychological phenomena that are considered to be abnormal or clinically relevant.

I am a chartered member of the British Psychological Society and a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics

College of Social Sciences and Arts



Journal articles

Kimber, L., Verrier, D., & Connolly, S. (2023). Autistic People’s Experience of Empathy and the Autistic Empathy Deficit Narrative. Autism in Adulthood. http://doi.org/10.1089/aut.2023.0001

Marshall, E., Mahmood, B., Alexander, C., Bock, M., Haigney, D., Jack, E., & Verrier, D. (2022). The impact of remote teaching on statistics learning and anxiety. MSOR Connections, 20 (1), 90-101. http://doi.org/10.21100/msor.v20i1.1312

Verrier, D., & Day, C. (2021). The moderating effects of mindfulness facets on psychological distress and emotional eating behaviour. Health Psychology Report. http://doi.org/10.5114/hpr.2021.109921

Verrier, D., & Day, C. (2020). How can we improve the final year dissertation? A consideration of ethics, quality, and one-to-one supervision. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, 8 (2), 90-96. http://doi.org/10.14297/jpaap.v8i2.395

Verrier, D., & Moujaes, M. (2020). Instagram Use, InstaMums, and Anxiety in Mothers of Young Children. Journal of Media Psychology. http://doi.org/10.1027/1864-1105/a000282

Golding, S., & Verrier, D. (2020). Teaching People to Read Comics: The Impact of a Visual Literacy Intervention on Comprehension of Educational Comics. Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics. http://doi.org/10.1080/21504857.2020.1786419

Verrier, D., Halton, S., & Robinson, M. (2020). Autistic traits, adolescence, and anti-social peer pressure. Current Issues in Personality Psychology. http://doi.org/10.5114/cipp.2020.94317

Verrier, D. (2020). Love’s betrayal:The Decline of Catholicism and Rise of New Religions in Ireland By PeterMulhollandOxford, UK: Peter Lang, USD 90.95, ISBN 9781787071278. British Journal of Psychology, 111 (2), 413-415. http://doi.org/10.1111/bjop.12445

Verrier, D., Johnson, S., & Reidy, L. (2018). The Teacher Academic Buoyancy Scale: Is it possible to keep TABS on students' academic buoyancy? International Journal of Assessment Tools in Education, 5 (4), 659-667. http://doi.org/10.21449/ijate.463871

Dean, J., Furness, P., Verrier, D., Lennon, H., Bennett, C., & Spencer, S. (2018). Desert island data: an investigation into researcher positionality. Qualitative Research, 18 (3), 273-289. http://doi.org/10.1177/1468794117714612

Yafai, A.-.F., Verrier, D., & Reidy, L. (2014). Social conformity and autism spectrum disorder : a child-friendly take on a classic study. Autism, 18 (8), 1007-1013. http://doi.org/10.1177/1362361313508023

Verrier, D. (2012). Evidence for the influence of the mere-exposure effect on voting in the Eurovision Song Contest. Judgement and Decision Making, 7 (5), 639-643. http://journal.sjdm.org/

Hogan, M.J., Kelly, C.A.M., Verrier, D., Newell, J., Hasher, L., & Robertson, I.H. (2009). Optimal time-of-day and consolidation of learning in younger and older adults. Experimental aging research, 35 (1), 107-128. http://doi.org/10.1080/03610730802545366

Book chapters

Dean, J., & Verrier, D. (2022). Restudies, surveys and what counts as volunteering. In Researching Voluntary Action. (pp. 160-170). Policy Press: http://doi.org/10.2307/j.ctv2bz2mvt.20


Boylan, M., Demack, S., Willis, B., Stevens, A., Adams, G., & Verrier, D. (2015). Multiplicative reasoning professional development programme : evaluation. London: Department for Education. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/436832/RR406A_-_Multiplicative_Reasoning_Professional_Development_Programme.pdf


Verrier, D.B., & Hughes, B.M. (2010). Heart-rate behaviour under conditions of low-challenge stress: Parallels between schizophrenia and non-clinical schizotypy.. http://doi.org/10.1037/e539002013-144

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