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Health Psychology

Health Psychology

The Health Psychology section at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience has been influential in the evolution of Health Psychology as a discipline in the UK.  We are internationally recognised for excellence in research and teaching, benefitting from collaborations within the IoPPN, a world renowned research centre for Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience, as well as with the KCL School of Medicine and Life Sciences, the Dental Institute, and the School of Nursing and Midwifery. This inter-disciplinary practice is also demonstrated by clinical and research partnerships with King's Health Partners.  

Health Psychology section

Our Health Psychology group is truly international.

The department is a leading centre of clinical health psychology with four leading professors in the field.

Professor Rona Moss-Morris

Professor Rona Moss-Morris 

Rona Moss-Morris is Professor of Psychology as Applied to Medicine.  She is National Advisor to NHS England for Improving Access to Psychological Therapies for People with Long Term and Medically Unexplained conditions.  She has been researching psychological factors that affect symptom experience and adjusting to chronic conditions for the past 20 years.  This research has been used to design cognitive behavioural interventions, including web based interventions, for a range of patient groups.  RCTs to test the efficacy of these interventions form a key component of her research.  In 2015 she was awarded the British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology’s Outstanding Contribution to Research Award and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience Supervisory Excellence Award.  Her work on Multiple Sclerosis (MS) was awarded the MS Society Annual Award for MS Research of the Year in 2013.  Click here to find out more about her programme of work on MS.

Professor Myra Hunter

Professor Myra Hunter 

Professor of clinical health psychology,  has expertise in the areas of women's health, cardiology and oncology. Current studies include evaluation of psychological interventions for women with antenatal depression (ESMI), for men experiencing vasomotor symptoms following prostate cancer treatment (MANCAN), for women with menopausal symptoms (MENOS) and for patients with non-cardiac chest pain. She is known internationally for her work on menopause and is currently an expert advisor to the NICE guidance core group on menopause.

Professor Lance McCracken

Professor Lance McCracken 

Professor of Behavioural Medicine, is a clinical and health psychologist with research interests primarily in chronic pain and related conditions.  His research has focused on both exploring psychological processes of suffering and disability and in the design of psychological and interdisciplinary treatments. His treatment design interests focus on behavioral theory, applications of the psychological flexibility model, on contextual forms of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness-based approaches, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Recent research has focused on identifying key treatment processes and using data on these to optimize treatment impact within treatment efficacy and effectiveness trials.  Other developing research directions include a focus on designing and evaluating treatments for populations that less often access psychological treatments, such as Southeast Asian populations, and older people, and conditions that are less often provided these treatments, such as neuropathic pain and headache.

Professor John Weinman

Professor John Weinman

Professor of Psychology as Applied to Medicine founded the Health Psychology section and has played a major role in the development of academic and professional health psychology in the UK. 

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