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Prof Moss-Morris receives BPS Outstanding Contribution to Research 2015 Award

Professor Rona Moss-Morris has been awarded the British Psychological Society (BPS) Outstanding Contribution to Research 2015 prize, which was presented to her by the BPS Division of Health Psychology (DHP) at their recent conference.

Professor Moss-Morris said: ‘I was especially gratified to receive this award at the DHP Conference as our IoPPN Health Psychology Section had a particularly strong showing this year. We had 14 presentations in all including a superb keynote from Professor Lance McCracken. Two of our PhD students, Anthony Harrison and Elaina Taylor swept the top abstract prizes and another, Susan Carroll, won a top poster award. Excellence in research is about teams rather than individuals and I feel privileged to have had the opportunity over the last four years to build such a strong, high performing and cohesive group.’

Professor Moss-Morris is currently Professor of Psychology as Applied to Medicine, at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN). She focuses her research interests on models that help the conceptualisation and treatment of conditions characterised by persistent physical symptoms, including chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome and post-concussion syndrome. Her research also explores models of symptom experience and adjustment to long term conditions with a focus on multiple sclerosis. These models are used to develop CBT-based self-management interventions, with the final stage of this work assessing the clinical and cost-effectiveness of these in large randomised controlled trials. Professor Moss-Morris has also been instrumental in the development of the Illness Perception Questionnaire Revised (IPQ-Revised) which has been cited over 1,500 times.

Professor Moss-Morris is also National Advisor to NHS England for the IAPT programme for People with Long Term Conditions and Medically Unexplained Symptoms, panel member of the NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research Board and MS society grant review panel, and past editor of Psychology and Health.

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