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Dr Joseph Chilcot is a Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London. His research is focused on the psychological aspects of long-term conditions, particularly advanced kidney disease. Joe is interested in the role illness perceptions have upon symptoms and their trajectory (mood and fatigue), behaviour (non-adherence), clinical outcomes. He is also interested in the detection, management and treatment of depression among individuals living with kidney disease. With colleagues Joe is currently developing and testing novel interventions in kidney patients designed to help support patients manage their condition and symptoms. Joe is co-editor-in-chief of the British Journal of Health Psychology and former editor at PLoS ONE. He was honoured to receive the Inaugural Donna Lamping MDT Researcher Award for Outstanding Research in Kidney Care in 2012 and early career research awards from the Division of Health Psychology (2013) and UK Society for Behavioural Medicine (2015).  

Research Interests:

  • Depression in long-term physical conditions 
  • Illness Perceptions 
  • Fatigue 
  • Kidney Disease 
  • Psychometrics


Joe teaches across the MSc in Health Psychology and leads the following modules:

  • Basic and Advanced Research Methods and Statistics 
  • Health Related Behaviours, Cognitions and Emotions 
  • Research Project 

Expertise and Public Engagement:

  • Joe is co-editor-in-chief of the British Journal of Health Psychology