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Rona Moss-Morris

Professor Rona Moss-Morris

Professor of Psychology as Applied to Medicine

  • Head, Department of Psychology

Research interests

  • Psychology

Biography

Rona Moss-Morris is Professor of Psychology as Applied to Medicine and Head of the Department of Psychology at the Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience, King’s College London. She is Theme Lead for Digital Therapies at the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre.

She has been researching psychological factors that affect symptom experience and adjusting to chronic medical conditions, including multiple sclerosis for the past 30 years. This research has been used to design cognitive behavioural interventions, including digital interventions, for a range of patient groups. RCTs to test the clinical and cost effectiveness 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 in 2020 the British Psychological Society Distinguished Contribution to Practice Award. Her team's work on Multiple Sclerosis (MS) was awarded the MS Society Annual Award for MS Research of the Year in 2013 and the work on irritable bowel syndrome, the King’s Excellence in Innovation and Impact Award in 2019.  She was National Advisor to NHS England for Improving Access to Psychological Therapies for People with Long Term and Medically Unexplained conditions from 2011-2016.  She is a past editor of Psychology and Health and current editor of Health Psychology Review. 

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:

  • Editor Health Psychology Review.
  • Past Editor Psychology and Health.
  • 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 from 2014 -2019
  • Ambassador to the Multiple Sclerosis Society and past grant panel member

    Research

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    IBD-BOOST Programme

    Living well with Crohn’s and Colitis through an interactive online programme with nurse support.

    King's flag London
    Health Psychology Section

    Health Psychology Section is a global leading centre of clinical health psychology at King's College London

    News

    New Doctoral Training Centre to investigate MS symptom management

    The King's Doctoral Training Centre has recruited three PhD students to investigate how to best manage Multiple Sclerosis (MS) symptoms without using drugs.

    IoPPN students

    King's led Multiple Sclerosis fatigue app part of government's £10m medtech investment

    A digital therapy developed by researchers at King’s College London and Avegen, is one of eight innovative technologies to receive support from the government...

    chronic illness multiple sclerosis

    New digital therapy reduces anxiety and depression in people living with long-term physical health conditions

    A therapist-guided digital cognitive behavioural therapy reduced distress in 89 per cent of participants living with long-term physical health conditions, a...

    digital therapy woman counselling

    Mood interventions may reduce inflammation in Crohn's and Colitis

    New King’s College London research reveals that interventions which improve mood can reduce levels of inflammation in people with inflammatory bowel disease...

    Crohns colitis chronic health

    Young artists from Lyndhurst Primary School visit the Department of Psychology to unveil their artwork

    The Department of Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) linked up with Lyndhurst Primary School for an art competition...

    Psychology Labs Artwork Winner

    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy beneficial for patients with chronic fatigue syndrome

    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is beneficial for people with myalgic encephalomyelitis, also known as chronic fatigue syndrome or ME/CFS, new research...

    talking therapy for psychosis

    King's launches new Mental Health Research PhD for Health Professionals

    £7.8m Wellcome Trust funded PhD Programme will deliver a new generation of health professional scientists to lead mental health research in the future.

    MH PhD 780x440

    IBS Digital therapeutic Parallel™ developed by King's researchers gets approval in UK and US

    The development of ParallelTM (formally known as Regul8) was led by Professor Rona Moss-Morris from Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s...

    Woman sitting on a sofa on a laptop

    Professor Rona Moss-Morris honoured by BPS Practice Board

    The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience's Professor Rona Moss-Morris honoured by the British Psychological Society’s Practice Board.

    Professor Rona Moss-Morris honoured by BPS Practice Board

    Events

    20FebMental Health and Wellbeing

    Investigating the role of mental health and wellbeing in diabetes

    Join leading researchers and individuals with lived experiences for an exploration of the role of mental health and wellbeing in diabetes.

    Please note: this event has passed.

    02AprMaintaining health and wellbeing during the Covid-19 pandemic

    Maintaining health and wellbeing during the Covid-19 pandemic

    A public online event led by the Psychology Department at King's, presenting 5-8 minute talks on how to maintain health and wellbeing during the COVID-19...

    Please note: this event has passed.

    Features

    REFUEL-MS: An app for managing fatigue in multiple sclerosis

    Fatigue stands out as one of the most prevalent and challenging symptoms in MS, affecting overall quality of life. Despite this, only a third of people who...

    Website Hero Template

      Research

      ibd-boost-780x450
      IBD-BOOST Programme

      Living well with Crohn’s and Colitis through an interactive online programme with nurse support.

      King's flag London
      Health Psychology Section

      Health Psychology Section is a global leading centre of clinical health psychology at King's College London

      News

      New Doctoral Training Centre to investigate MS symptom management

      The King's Doctoral Training Centre has recruited three PhD students to investigate how to best manage Multiple Sclerosis (MS) symptoms without using drugs.

      IoPPN students

      King's led Multiple Sclerosis fatigue app part of government's £10m medtech investment

      A digital therapy developed by researchers at King’s College London and Avegen, is one of eight innovative technologies to receive support from the government...

      chronic illness multiple sclerosis

      New digital therapy reduces anxiety and depression in people living with long-term physical health conditions

      A therapist-guided digital cognitive behavioural therapy reduced distress in 89 per cent of participants living with long-term physical health conditions, a...

      digital therapy woman counselling

      Mood interventions may reduce inflammation in Crohn's and Colitis

      New King’s College London research reveals that interventions which improve mood can reduce levels of inflammation in people with inflammatory bowel disease...

      Crohns colitis chronic health

      Young artists from Lyndhurst Primary School visit the Department of Psychology to unveil their artwork

      The Department of Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) linked up with Lyndhurst Primary School for an art competition...

      Psychology Labs Artwork Winner

      Cognitive Behavioural Therapy beneficial for patients with chronic fatigue syndrome

      Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is beneficial for people with myalgic encephalomyelitis, also known as chronic fatigue syndrome or ME/CFS, new research...

      talking therapy for psychosis

      King's launches new Mental Health Research PhD for Health Professionals

      £7.8m Wellcome Trust funded PhD Programme will deliver a new generation of health professional scientists to lead mental health research in the future.

      MH PhD 780x440

      IBS Digital therapeutic Parallel™ developed by King's researchers gets approval in UK and US

      The development of ParallelTM (formally known as Regul8) was led by Professor Rona Moss-Morris from Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s...

      Woman sitting on a sofa on a laptop

      Professor Rona Moss-Morris honoured by BPS Practice Board

      The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience's Professor Rona Moss-Morris honoured by the British Psychological Society’s Practice Board.

      Professor Rona Moss-Morris honoured by BPS Practice Board

      Events

      20FebMental Health and Wellbeing

      Investigating the role of mental health and wellbeing in diabetes

      Join leading researchers and individuals with lived experiences for an exploration of the role of mental health and wellbeing in diabetes.

      Please note: this event has passed.

      02AprMaintaining health and wellbeing during the Covid-19 pandemic

      Maintaining health and wellbeing during the Covid-19 pandemic

      A public online event led by the Psychology Department at King's, presenting 5-8 minute talks on how to maintain health and wellbeing during the COVID-19...

      Please note: this event has passed.

      Features

      REFUEL-MS: An app for managing fatigue in multiple sclerosis

      Fatigue stands out as one of the most prevalent and challenging symptoms in MS, affecting overall quality of life. Despite this, only a third of people who...

      Website Hero Template