Daniel O'Leary, Ph.D.
University of Illinois 1967
Distinguished Professor, Clinical Psychology
Office: Psychology A-110
Office Hours: Flexible, by appointment
Phone Number: (631) 632-7850


One Page Bio:

Areas of Interest:
Etiology, prevention, and treatment of psychological and physical aggression in intimate relationships; multivariate models (biological, psychological, and social) of intimate partner aggression; the bidirectional role of marital problems and depression; marital and dyad based treatments for clinical depression; prevalence and correlates of intense love.

Current Research:
My research focuses on the etiology, treatment, and prevention of partner abuse (physical and psychological aggression in intimate relations). In addition, we have been conducting research on factors in marriage that lead to clinical depression (e.g., discovery of affair, partner threatens to leave, physical aggression). Further, we are conducting research on brief treatments to reduce depression and increase marital satisfaction in couples in which one partner is clinically depressed. With colleagues, I have been especially interested in the association of alcohol use and aggression against one's partner. In particular, I have been addressing the fact that the overall association of alcohol use and engaging in physical aggression against a partner is significant but quite small. However, problematic alcohol use is significantly related to partner agression across many studies. Given the small but significant association of alcohol use and partner aggression, we are studying how factors like trait aggression or impulsivity and impulse control problems along with alcohol use predict whether one will engage in physical aggression against a partner. Our basic research interest is how one remembers factors in interpersonal encounters with ones partner. Specifically, our overall goal is to understand the factors that influence recall about physically aggressive incidents in marriage and close relationships. With collaborators, we are assessing how many different factors (genes, family background, personality disorders, brain functioning, and marital relations) operate together to predict aggression and partner aggression. Finally, with collaborators, we are evaluating predictors of intense love in long term marriages in Spain and the United States.

Publications of Dr. Daniel O’Leary During Five Year Period: 2008-2013:

Foran, H. & O’Leary, K. D. (2008). Problem drinking, jealousy, and anger control: Variables predicting physical aggression against a partner. Journal of Family Violence, 23(3), 141-148.

O’Leary, K. D., Tintle, N., Bromet, E. J., & Gluzman, S. F. (2008). Descriptive Epidemiology of Intimate Partner Aggression in Ukraine. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 43(8), 619-626.

O’Leary, K. D. (2008). Couple Therapy and Physical Aggression. In A.S. Gurman (Ed.) Clinical Handbook of Couple Therapy (pp 478-498). New York: Guilford

O'Leary, K. D., Slep, A. M. S., Cascardi, M., & Avery-Leaf, S. (2008). Gender differences in dating aggression among multiethnic high school students. Journal of Adolescent Health, 42(5), 473-479.

Boyle, D.J. O’Leary, K. D., Rosenbaum, A. (2008). Differentiating between generally and partner-only violent subgroups: Lifetime antisocial behavior, family of origin violence, and impulsivity. Journal of Family Violence, Vol 23(1), 47-55.

Foran, H. & O’Leary, K. D. (2008). Alcohol and intimate partner violence: A meta-analytic review. Clinical Psychology Review, 28, 1222-1234.

Woodin, E. M., & O’Leary, K. D. (2009). Theoretical approaches to the etiology of partner violence (pp. 41-65). In D. Whitaker & J. Lutzker (Eds.), Preventing partner violence: Research and evidence based intervention strategies. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Jose, A. & O’Leary, K. D. (2009). Prevalence of partner aggression in representative and clinic samples. In O’Leary, K. Daniel & Woodin, E. M. (Ed.). Psychological and physical aggression in couples: Causes and interventions. Washington, D. C. American Psychological Association.

O’Leary, K. D. & Kar. H. L. (2009). Partner abuse: Assessment and Treatment. In Hersen, M. & Thomas, J, C. Handbook of Clinical Psychology Competencies, 1039-1062 Springer Verlaug Berlin

O’Leary, K. D. Cognitive Behavioral Couple Therapy (2009). In Ingram. R. E. (Ed). International Encyclopedia of Depression (pp. 146-148). Springer.

Munoz, M. J., Grana, J. L., O’Leary, K. D. & Gonzalez, M. P. (2009). Prevalence and predictors of sexual aggressión in dating relationships of adolescents and young adults. Psicothema, 2008, 21, #2, 234-240.

Schumacher, J. & O’Leary, K. D. (2010). Partner abuse. In Craighead, W. E. & Nemeroff, C. B. (Eds). The Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology and Behavioral Science. Wiley, NY.

Jose, A., O’Leary, K. D. & Moyer, A. (2010). Does Premarital Cohabitation Predict Subsequent Marital Stability and Marital Quality? A Meta-Analysis. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 72, 105-116.

Cohen, S., O’Leary, K. D. & Foran, H. (2010). Randomized Clinical Trial of a Brief, Problem-Focused Couple Therapy for Depression. Behavior Therapy, 41, #4, 433-446.

Jose, A., Rajaram, S., O’Leary, K. D., & Williams, M C. (2010). Memory for partner related stimuli: Free recall and frequency estimation. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 27 (5), 658-670.

Kar, H. L. & O’Leary, K. D. (2010). Gender symmetry or asymmetry in intimate partner victimization? Not an either/or answer. Partner Abuse, 1, #2, 152-168.

Woodin, E. M. & O’Leary, K. D. (2010). A brief motivational intervention for physically aggressive couples. Prevention Science , 11, #4, 371-383.

O’Leary, K. D. (2011). Time for acceptance, caution and concern: Similarities and differences of Ph.D. Clinical Psychology Programs. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 18, 17-20.

Lorber, M. F. & O’Leary, K. D. (2011). Stability, change, and informant variance in newlywed’s physical aggression: Individual and dyadic processes. Aggressive Behavior, 37, 1-15.

O’Leary, K. D. & Slep, A. M. S. (2012). Prevention of partner violence by focusing on behaviors of both males and females, Prevention Science, 13, #4, 329-339. Prevention Science. DOI: 10. 100-7/S1121-011-0237-2.

O’Leary, K. D., Acevedo, B. & Aron, A. & Huddy. L., & Mashek, D. (2012). Is Long Term Love More Than Just A Rare Phenomenon? Social Psychological and Personality Science, 3, #2, 241-249. DOI: 10.1.1177/194855061417015.

Lorber, M. F. & O’Leary, K. D. (2012). Stability, change, and informant variance in newlywed’s physical aggression: Individual and dyadic processes. Aggressive Behavior, 38, 1-15. DOI: 10.1002/ab.20414

Foran, H. F., O’Leary, K. D. & Williams, M. C. (2012). Emotional Abilities in Couples: A Construct Validation Study. American Journal of Family Therapy, 40, #3, 189-207.

Foran, H., Vivian, D., O’Leary, K. D., Keller, M. B., Kocsis, J.H., Nemeroff, C. Rothbaum, B.O., Trivedi, M. H. , & Klein, D.N. (2012). Risk for partner victimization and marital dissatisfaction among chronically depressed patients. Journal of Family Violence, 27. 75-85.

Fritz, P. A. T., Slep, A. M. S., O’Leary, K. D. (2012). Couple-level analysis of the relation between family of origin aggression and intimate partner violence. Psychology of Violence, 2, #2, 139-153.

Jose, A., Olino, T. M. & O’Leary, K. D. (2012). Item response theory analysis of intimate partner violence in a community sample. Journal of Family Psychology, 26, #2, 198-205.

Woodin, E. M., Sotskova, A., & O’Leary, K. D. (2012). Do motivational interviewing behaviors predict reductions in partner aggression for men and women? Behaviour Research and Therapy 50, #1, 79-84.

Fernandez-Gonzalez, L., O’Leary, K. D. & Munoz-Rivas, M. J. (2013). Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 28, 602-613.

Kar, H. L. & O’Leary, K. D. (2013). Patterns of psychological aggression, dominance, and jealousy within marriage. Journal of Family Violence. 28, #2, 109-119.

Woodin, E., Caldeira, V., & O’Leary, K. D. (2013). Dating aggression in emerging adulthood: The interaction between dyadic and individual functioning. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology. 32, #6, 619-650. doi: 10.1521/jscp.2013.32.6.619

Foran, H. & O’Leary, K. D. (On line publication Sept 2012). The Role of Relationships in Understanding the Alexithymia – Depression Link. European Journal of Personality. doi: 10.1002/per.1887

O’Leary, K. D., Foran, H., & Cohen, S. (first publication online April 2, 2013). Validation of the fear of partner scale. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. DOI: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.2012.00327.x

Salwen, J. & O’Leary, K. D. (2013). Adjustment problems and maladaptive relational style: A mediation model of sexual coercion in intimate relationships. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. DOI: 10.1177/0886260512471079

Kar, H. L. & O’Leary, K. D. (in press,). Emotional intimacy mediates the relationship between PTSD and IPV perpetration in OEF/OIF Veterans. Violence and Victims.

Woodin, E. M., Sotskova, A., & O’Leary, K. D. (in press). Intimate partner assessment in a historical context; Divergent approaches and opportunities for progress. Journal of Sex Roles: Invited Manuscript.

O’Leary, K. D. Tintle, N, and Bromet, E. (in press, Jan 2013). Risk factors for physical violence against partners in the United States. Psychology of Violence.

Cantos, A. L. & O’Leary, K. D. (in press). One size does not fit all in treatment of intimate partner violence. Partner Abuse.

Fernandez-Gonzalez, L., O’Leary, K. D., & Munoz-Rivas, M. (in press). Age related changes in dating violence in Spanish high school students. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Most Recent and Current Grants:

Provost Grant $20,000 Biological Markers of Intimate Partner Aggression 2008-2010.

Neurogenetics of Inhibitory Control, NIMH, PI: Nelly Alia-Klein (O’Leary, Co-I).
Start Aug 2010- Aug 2015, $3,400,000