Organisation: King's College London, UK
Managing serious illness: focus on patients and care-givers
Rona Moss-Morris is Professor of Psychology as Applied to Medicine. She is head of the Health Psychology Section at the renowned Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London. She is also a National Advisor to the Department of Health in England, for Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies for People with Long Term and Medically Unexplained conditions and represents the British Psychological Society on the Clinical Advisory Board of the British Society of Gastroenterology. She has been researching psychological factors that affect symptom experience and coping with chronic conditions for the past 18 years. This research has been used to design cognitive behavioural interventions, including web based interventions, for a range of patient groups. Randomised controlled trials to test the efficacy of these interventions form a key component of her research. Professor Moss-Morris's work has been published in leading medical and psychology journals and texts including the Lancet, BMJ, Psychological Medicine, and Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. She was Editor-in-Chief of Psychology and Health, the principal European health psychology journal from 2006-2010.