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The Health Psychology section at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) has been influential in the evolution of Health Psychology as a discipline in the UK.  It is a world leading research and teaching group, which has well developed links with researchers in a wide range of areas including, neurology, gastroenterology, renal, rheumatology, oncology, cardiology, respiratory medicine and pain in many countries around the world including the USA, New Zealand, Australia, Netherlands, and Germany. The section has an international reputation as one for the leading groups in clinical health psychology.

Two international health psychology journals are co-edited from the section. Prof Rona Moss-Morris is co-editor of Health Psychology Review and Dr Joseph Chilcot is co-editor of the British Journal of Health Psychology.

Staff and students within the Health Psychology section are engaged in the following key areas of research:

  • Research to establish the biopsychosocial processes underlying adaptation and symptom management in long-term conditions.
  • The development and evaluation of theory based psychological interventions to support the management of long-term conditions.
  • The development and application of evidence based digital health technology.
  • Statistics and research methods, including questionnaire development and psychometrics, analysis of trial data (including analysis of mechanistic processes) and meta-analysis