Rona Moss-Morris
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Biographical details

Rona Moss-Morris is Professor of Psychology as Applied to Medicine and Head of Health Psychology at King’s College London. She 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 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 conceptulise and treat conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and post concussion syndrome.

Understanding adjustment to chronic illness from both patient and family perspectives. Developing and evaluating self-management and CBT based interventions for people with chronic illnesses such as multiple sclerosis 

IBS and CFS.

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


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Cognitive factors in the maintenance of chronic fatigue syndrome., University of Auckland

Award Date: 1 Jan 1998

Master of Science, Illness perceptions and coping in chronic fatigue syndrome. , University of Auckland

Award Date: 1 Jan 1994

Bachelor of Science, University of Cape Town

Award Date: 1 Jan 1984

External positions

NIHR Programme Grants sub-panel member, King's College London

Jan 2014 → …

Vice Chair of MS Society Grant Panel, Multiple Sclerosis Society


Registered Health Psychologist (HPC) registration number: PYLI8838, Health Professions Council

Jul 2009 → …

Chartered Psychologist (BPS) membership number: 220268, British Psychological Society

Apr 2007 → …


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