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Biography

Rona Moss-Morris is Professor of Psychology as Applied to Medicine and Head of Health Psychology at King’s College London.  She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Cape Town graduating with distinction and her MSc and PhD at the University of Auckland where she was awarded the most disguised Postgraduate degree in the Faculty.   

Rona has been researching psychological factors that affect symptom experience and adjusting to chronic physical health 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 clinical and cost effectiveness of these interventions and long-term implementation form a key component of her current 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.  She is a past editor of Psychology and Health, incoming editor of Health Psychology Review and was National Advisor to NHS England for Improving Access to Psychological Therapies for People with Long Term and Medically Unexplained conditions from 2011-2016.

Research Interests: 

  • Models which help us conceptualise and treat conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and post concussion syndrome. 
  • Understanding adjustment to long term physical illness from both patient and family perspectives. Developing and evaluating self-management CBT based interventions for people with long term conditions including 
  •  Multiple sclerosis .
  • Irritable bowel syndrome IBS and CFS. 
  • Inflammatory Bowel disease  
  • Developing ways to measure people's perceptions and responses to their symptoms and illnesses. More details of the Illness Perception Questionnaire can be found here.

Teaching:

  • MSc Health Psychology 
  • IAPT for long term conditions 
  • iBSc in Psychology  

Expertise and Public Engagement:

  • National Advisor to NHS England for Improving Access to Psychological Therapies for People with Long Term and Medically Unexplained conditions from 2011-2016.  
  • NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research subpanel member since 2014 
  • Ambassador to the Multiple Sclerosis Society and past grant panel member  
  • Past adviser/collaborator to Shift MS  
  • Incoming Editor Health Psychology Review.  
  • Past Editor Psychology and Health.   
  • Track chair/Co-chair for Internal Congress of Behavioural Medicine for the past 10 years.   
  • Chair of MS Frontiers Scientific conference committee 2019