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Professor Rona Moss-Morris  BSc MHSc PhD
Head of Health Psychology
Chair in Psychology as Applied to Medicine

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I grew up in South Africa and completed a BSc in occupational therapy at the University of Cape Town in 1984. After working for three years as an occupational therapist in mental health I immigrated to New Zealand in 1988. New Zealand brought fresh opportunities including setting up a new school and curriculum for training occupational therapists in Auckland. My clinical work in psychosomatic medicine inspired me to complete a Masters and PhD in health psychology at the University of Auckland before taking up a position as a lecturer, than senior lecturer, at the same University. I worked as part of a team setting up and running an MSc in Health Psychology and restructured the first year behavioural medicine teaching for the medical students. After 18 years in New Zealand, I moved to the UK to join the School of Psychology at the University of Southampton, first as a Reader and from 2007 as a Professor of Health Psychology. In October 2011, I joined the IOP Department of Psychology as the Head of Health Psychology.

My research interests are:
Models which help us conceptualise and treat medically unexplained conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and post concussion syndrome.
Understanding adjustment to chronic illness from both the 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.

activities and interests

Web based version of CBT Package: MSInvigor8. Funded by MS Society


Primary investigator on the MIBS trial (Management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome in primary care) funded by NIHR.

Leading on a patient self-management cognitive behavioural therapy website.

I have a small role in SCOPE - a large international, multi-site study of predictors of major diseases of pregnancy outcome.

Psychological predictors of pregnancy outcomes such as preeclampsia and preterm birth.

CBT intervention for early stage Multiple Sclerosis funded by MS Society

saMS Trail (


Moss-Morris, R., Spence, M.J. and Hou, R. (2011) The pathway between glandular fever and chronic fatigue syndrome. can the cognitive behavioural model provide the map? Psychological Medicine, 41, (5), 1099-1108. (doi:10.1017/S003329171000139X)

Bogosian, Angeliki, Moss-Morris, Rona, Bishop, Felicity L. and Hadwin, Julie A. (2011) How do adolescents adjust to their parent’s multiple sclerosis?: An interview study. British Journal of Health Psychology, 16, (2), 430-444. (doi:10.1348/135910710X521492) (PMID:20687978)

Hou, Ruihua, Mogg, Karin, Bradley, Brendan P., Moss-Morris, Rona, Peveler, Robert and Roefs, Anne (2011) External eating, impulsivity and attentional bias to food cues. Appetite, 56, (2), 424-427. (doi:10.1016/j.appet.2011.01.019) (PMID:21256908)

Knoop, H., van Kessel, K. and Moss-Morris, R. (2011) Which cognitions and behaviours mediate the positive effect of cognitive behaviour therapy on fatigue in patients with Multiple Sclerosis? Psychological Medicine (In Press)

Lynch, Jeannette, Moore, M., Moss-Morris, R. and Kendrick, T. (2011) Are patient beliefs important in determining adherence to treatment and outcome for depression? Development of the beliefs about depression questionnaire. Journal of Affective Disorders, 133, 29-41. (doi:10.1016/j.jad.2011.03.019)

Mc Sharry, J, Moss-Morris , R. and Kendrick, T. (2011) Illness perceptions and glycaemic control in diabetes: a systematic review with meta-analysis. Diabetic Medicine, 28, (11), 1300-1310.

Dennison, Laura, Moss-Morris, Rona, Silber, Eli, Galea, Ian and Chalder, Trudie (2010) Cognitive and behavioural correlates of different domains of psychological adjustment in early stage multiple sclerosis. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 69, (4), 353-361. (doi:10.1016/j.jpsychores.2010.04.009) (PMID:20846536)

Dennison, Laura and Moss-Morris, Rona (2010) Cognitive behavioural therapy: what benefits can it offer people with Multiple Sclerosis? Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics, 10, (9), 1383-1390. (doi:10.1586/ern.10.111) (PMID:20819010)

Nausheen, Bina, Carr, Norman J., Peveler, Robert C., Moss-Morris, Rona, Verrill, Clare, Robbins, Elizabeth, Nugent, Karen P., Baker, Alex M., Judd, Mary and Gidron, Yori (2010) Relationship between loneliness and Proangiogenic Cytokines in newly diagnosed tumors of colon and rectum. Psychosomatic Medicine(doi:10.1097/PSY.0b013e3181f0bc1c)

Knoop, Hans, Prins, Judith B., Moss-Morris, Rona and Bleijenberg, Gijs (2010) The central role of cognitive processes in the perpetuation of chronic fatigue syndrome. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 68, (5), 489-494. (doi:10.1016/j.jpsychores.2010.01.022)

Moss-Morris, Rona and Hamilton, William (2010) Pragmatic rehabilitation for chronic fatigue syndrome (editorial). BMJ(doi:10.1136/bmj.c1777)

Kaptein, A.A., Klok, T., Moss-Morris, R. and Brand, P.L.P. (2010) Illness perceptions: impact on self-management and control in asthma. Current Opinion in Allergy & Clinical Immunology, 23, (1)(doi:10.1097/ACI.0b013e32833950c1)

Dennison, Laura, Stanbrook, Rachel, Moss-Morris, Rona, Yardley, Lucy and Chalder, Trudie (2010) Cognitive behavioural therapy and psycho-education for chronic fatigue syndrome in young people: reflections from the families’ perspective. British Journal of Health Psychology, 15, (1), 167-183(17). (doi:10.1348/135910709X440034)

Moss-Morris, R., Bogalo, L., Didsbury, L.P. and Spence, M.J. (2010) A randomised controlled trial of a cognitive behavioural therapy based self-management intervention for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in primary care. Psychological Medicine, 40, (1), 85-94. (doi:10.1017/S0033291709990195)

Dennison, Laura, Yardley, Lucy, Devereux, A. and Moss-Morris, Rona (2010) Experiences of adjusting to early stage Multiple Sclerosis. Journal of Health Psychology, 16, (3)(doi:10.1177/1359105310384299)

Bogosian, Angeliki, Moss-Morris, Rona, Bishop, Felicity L. and Hadwin, Julie (2010) How do adolescents adjust to their parent’s multiple sclerosis?: An interview study. British Journal of Health Psychology(doi:10.1348/135910710X521492)

McCowan, L.M.E., Roberts, C.T., Dekker, G.A., Taylor, R.S., Chan, E., Kenny, L.C., Baker, P.N., Moss-Morris, R., Chappell, L. and North, R.A. (2010) Risk factors for infants small for gestational age by customised birthweight centiles: data from an international prospective cohort study. British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology(doi:10.1111/j.1471-0528.2010.02737.x)

Everitt, Hazel A., Moss-Morris, Rona E., Sibelli, Alice, Tapp, Laura, Coleman, Nicholas S., Yardley, Lucy, Smith, Peter W. and Little, Paul S. (2010) Management of irritable bowel syndrome in primary care: feasibility randomised controlled trial of mebeverine, methylcellulose, placebo and a patient self-management cognitive behavioural therapy website (MIBS trial). BMC Gastroenterology, 10, (136)(doi:10.1186/1471-230X-10-136)

Nausheen, Bina, Gidron, Yori, Peveler, Robert and Moss-Morris, Rona (2009) Social support and cancer progression: a systematic review. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 67, (5), 403-415. (doi:10.1016/j.jpsychores.2008.12.012)

Moss-Morris, Rona, Dennison, Laura, Yardley, Lucy, Landau, Sabine, Roche, Suzanne, McCrone, Paul and Chalder, Trudie (2009) Protocol for the saMS trial (supportive adjustment for multiple sclerosis): a randomized controlled trial comparing cognitive behavioral therapy to supportive listening for adjustment to multiple sclerosis. BMC Neurology, 9, (45), 1-17. (doi:10.1186/1471-2377-9-45)

McCowan, L.M.E., Dekker, G.A., Chan, E., Stewart, A., Hunter, M., Moss-Morris, R., McRobbie, H. and North, R.A. (2009) Spontaneous preterm birth and small for gestational age infants in women who stop smoking early in pregnancy: prospective cohort study. British Medical Journal, 338, (b2266), 1552-1553. (doi:10.1136/bmj.b1081)

Dennison, Laura, Moss-Morris, Rona and Chalder, Trudie (2009) A review of psychological correlates of adjustment in patients with multiple sclerosis. Clinical Psychology Review, 29, (2), 141-153. (doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2008.12.001)
Yardley, Lucy and Moss-Morris, Rona (2009) Current issues and new directions in Psychology and Health: introducing the NICE guidance on behaviour change interventions. Psychology and Health, 24, (2), 119-123. (doi:10.1080/08870440802642924)

Yardley, Lucy and Moss-Morris, Rona (2009) Current issues and new directions in psychology and health: increasing the quantity and quality of health psychology research. Psychology & Health, 24, (1), 1-4. (doi:10.1080/08870440802618825)

Bogosian, A., Moss-Morris, R., Yardley, L. and Dennison, L. (2009) Experiences of partners of people in the early stages of multiple sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis, 15, (7), 876-884. (doi:10.1177/1352458508100048)

Arden-Close, Emily, Moss-Morris, Rona, Dennison, Laura, Bayne, Louise and Gidron, Yori (2009) The Couples’ Illness Communication Scale (CICS): development and evaluation of a brief measure assessing illness-related couple communication. British Journal of Health Psychology(doi:10.1348/135910709X476972) (In Press)

Arden-Close, Emily, Gidron, Yori and Moss-Morris, Rona (2008) Psychological distress and its correlates in ovarian cancer: a systematic review. Psycho-Oncology, 17, (11), 1061-1072. (doi:10.1002/pon.1363)

Hou, R., Moss-Morris, R., Bradley, B., Peveler, R. and Mogg, K. (2008) Attentional bias towards health-threat information in chronic fatigue syndrome. European Neuropsychopharmacology, 18, (Supplement 4), S278. (doi:10.1016/S0924-977X(08)70365-1)

Hou, Ruihua, Moss-Morris, Rona, Bradley, Brendan P., Peveler, Robert and Mogg, Karin (2008) Attentional bias towards health-threat information in chronic fatigue syndrome. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 65, (1), 47-50. (doi:10.1016/j.jpsychores.2008.03.008) (PMID:18582611)

van Kessel, Kirsten, Moss-Morris, Rona, Willoughby, Ernest, Chalder, Trudie, Johnson, Malcolm H. and Robinson, Elizabeth (2008) A randomized controlled trial of cognitive behavior therapy for multiple sclerosis fatigue. Psychosomatic Medicine, 70, (2), 205-213. (doi:10.1097/PSY.0b013e3181643065) (PMID:18256342)

Moss-Morris, R.E. and Yardley, L. (2008) Editorial: current issues and new directions in Psychology and Health - contributions to translational research. Psychology and Health, 23, (1), 1-4. (doi:10.1080/08870440701806604)

Moss-Morris, Rona, Humphrey, Katrina, Johnson, Malcolm H. and Petrie, Keith J. (2007) Patients’ perceptions of their pain condition across a multidisciplinary pain management program: do they change and if so does it matter? Clinical Journal of Pain, 23, (7), 558-564.

Spence, Meagan J. and Moss-Morris, Rona (2007) The cognitive behavioural model of irritable bowel syndrome: a prospective investigation of gastroenteritis patients. Gut, 56, (8), 1066-1071. (doi:10.1136/gut.2006.108811)

Vedhara, Kavita, Moss-Morris, Rona, Booth, Roger, Horgan, Miriam, Lawrence, Mandy and Birchall, Nicholas (2007) Changes in mood predict disease activity and quality of life in patients with psoriasis following emotional disclosure. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 62, (6), 611-619. (doi:10.1016/j.jpsychores.2006.12.017)

van Kessel, Kirsten and Moss-Morris, Rona (2006) Editorial. Understanding multiple sclerosis fatigue: a synthesis of biological and psychological factors. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 61, (5), 583-585. (doi:10.1016/j.jpsychores.2006.03.006)

Skerrett, Tanaya N. and Moss-Morris, Rona (2006) Fatigue and social impairment in multiple sclerosis: the role of patients’ cognitive and behavioral responses to their symptoms. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 61, (5), 587-593. (doi:10.1016/j.jpsychores.2006.04.018)

Bogalo, L. and Moss-Morris, R. (2006) The effectiveness of homework tasks in an irritable bowel syndrome self-management programme. New Zeland Journal of Psychology, 35, (3), 120-125.

Moss-Morris, Rona and Spence, Meagan (2006) To "lump" or to "split" the functional somatic syndromes: can infectious and emotional risk factors differentiate between the onset of chronic fatigue syndrome and irritable bowel syndrome? Psychosomatic Medicine, 68, (3), 463-469. (doi:10.1097/01.psy.0000221384.07521.05)

Thomas, Ethne, Moss-Morris, Rona and Faquhar, Cindy (2006) Coping with emotions and abuse history in women with chronic pelvic pain diagnosed as endometriosis or unexplained pain. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 60, (1), 109-112. (doi:10.1016/j.jpsychores.2005.04.011)

Petrie, Keith J., Frampton, Tim, Large, Robert G., Moss-Morris, Rona, Johnson, Malcolm and Meechan, Geraldine (2005) What do patients expect from their first visit to a pain clinic? Clinical Journal of Pain, 21, (4), 297-301.

Moss-Morris, Rona (2005) Symptom perceptions, illness beliefs and coping in chronic fatigue syndrome. Journal of Mental Health, 14, (3), 223-235. (doi:10.1080/09638230500136548)

Petrie, Keith J., Broadbent, Elizabeth A., Kley, Nadine, Moss-Morris, Rona, Horne, Rob and Rief, Winfried (2005) Worries about modernity predict symptom complaints after environmental pesticide spraying. Psychosomatic Medicine, 67, (5), 778-782. (doi:10.1097/01.psy.0000181277.48575.a4)

Spence, Meagan, Moss-Morris, Rona and Chalder, Trudie (2005) The behavioural responses to illness questionnaire (BRIQ): a new predictive measure of medically unexplained symptoms following acute infection. Psychological Medicine, 35, (4), 583-593. (doi:10.1017/S0033291704003484)

Meechan, G.T., Collins, J.P., Moss-Morris, R.E. and Petrie, K.J. (2005) Who is not reassured following benign diagnosis of breast symptoms? Psycho-Oncology, 14, (3), 239-246. (doi:10.1002/pon.841)

Moss-Morris, Rona, Sharon, Cynthia, Tobin, Roseanne and Baldi, James C. (2005) A randomised controlled graded exercise trial for chronic fatigue syndrome: outcomes and mechanisms of change. Journal of Health Psychology, 10, (2), 245-259. (doi:10.1177/1359105305049774)

Petrie, K.J., Moss-Morris, R., Grey, C. and Shaw, M. (2004) The relationship of negative affect and perceived sensitivity to symptom reporting following vaccination. British Journal of Health Psychology, 9, (1), 101-111. (doi:10.1348/135910704322778759)

Barnes, Lucy, Moss-Morris, Rona and Kaufusi, Mele (2004) Illness beliefs and adherence in diabetes mellitus: a comparison between Tongan and European patients. New Zealand Medical Journal, 117, (1188), 1-9.

Moss-Morris, Rona and Chalder, Trudie (2003) Illness perceptions and levels of disability in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 55, (4), 305-308. (doi:10.1016/S0022-3999(03)00013-8)

Jopson, Nicola M. and Moss-Morris, Rona (2003) The role of illness severity and illness representations in adjusting to multiple sclerosis. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 54, (6), 503-511. (doi:10.1016/S0022-3999(02)00455-5)

Moss-Morris, R. and Petrie, K. J. (2003) Experimental evidence for interpretive but not attention biases toward somatic information in patients diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. British Journal of Health Psychology, 8, (2), 195-208.. (doi:10.1348/135910703321649169)

Beilby, Sarah, Moss-Morris, Rona and Painter, Liz (2003) Quality of life before and after heart, lung and liver transplantation. New Zealand Medical Journal, 116, (1171), 1-7.

Main, Jodie, Moss-Morris, Rona, Booth, Roger, Kaptein, Ad A. and Kolbe, John (2003) The use of reliever medication in asthma: the role of negative mood and symptoms reports. Journal of Asthma, 40, (4), 357-365. (doi:10.1081/JAS-120018635)

Moss-Morris, Rona, Weinman, John, Petrie, Keith, Horne, Robert, Cameron, Linda and Buick, Deanna (2002) The revised illness perception questionnaire (IPQ-R). Psychology and Health., 17, (1), 1-16. (doi:10.1080/08870440290001494)

Moss-Morris, Rona and Petrie, Keith J. (2001) Redefining medical students’ disease to reduce morbidity. Medical Education, 35, (8), 724-728. (doi:10.1046/j.1365-2923.2001.00958.x)

Perry, Kate, Petrie, Keith J., Ellis, Chris J., Horne, Robert and Moss-Morris, Rona (2001) Scientific letter. Symptom expectations and delay in acute myocardial infarction patients. Heart, 86, (1), 91-92.

Petrie, Keith J., Sivertsen, Borge, Hysing, Mari, Broadbent, Elizabeth, Moss-Morris, Rona, Eriksen, Hege R. and Ursin, Holger (2001) Thoroughly modern worries: the relationship of worries about modernity to reported symptoms, health, and medical care utilization. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 51, (1), 395-401. (doi:10.1016/S0022-3999(01)00219-7)

Moss-Morris, Rona and Petrie, Keith J. (2001) Discriminating between chronic fatigue syndrome and depression: a cognitive analysis. Psychological Medicine, 31, (3), 469-479. (doi:10.1017/S0033291701003610)

Moss-Morris, Rona and Petrie, Keith (2000) Chronic fatigue syndrome, London, UK, Routledge, 160pp.

Moss-Morris, R. and Deary, V. (2011) Chronic fatigue syndrome. In, Barnes, M. and Good, D. (eds.) Neuro-rehabilitation. Cambridge, GB, Elsevier. (Handbook of Clinical Neurology, 3). (In Press)

Cameron, Linda D. and Moss-Morris, Rona (2010) Illness-related cognition and behaviour. In, French, David, Vedhara, Kavita, Kaptein, Ad.A. and Weinman, John (eds.) Health Psychology (2nd Edition). Oxford, GB, Wiley.

Moss-Morris, R., van Kessel, K. and Witt, E., E. (2007) Multiple sclerosis. In, Ayers, S., Baum, A., McManus, C., Newman, S., Wallston, K., Weinman, J. and West, R. (eds.) Cambridge Handbook of Psychology, Health and Medicine (2nd Edition). Cambridge, UK, Cambridge University Press, 786-788.

Moss-Morris, Rona and Spence, Meagan (2007) Epstein-Barr virus infection. In, Ayers, Susan, Baum, Andrew, McManus, Chris, Newman, Stanton, Wallston, Kenneth, Weinman, John and West, Robert (eds.) Cambridge Handbook of Psychology, Health and Medicine: second edition. Cambridge, UK, Cambridge University Press, 705-707.

Cameron, Linda D. and Moss-Morris, Rona (2004) Illness-related cognition and behaviour. In, Kaptein, Ad and Weinman, John (eds.) Health Psychology. Oxford, UK, Blackwell Publishers, 84-110.

Moss-Morris, Rona and Wrapson, Wendy (2004) Functional somatic syndromes. In, Kolt, Gregory and Andersen, Mark (eds.) Psychology in the Physical and Manual Therapies. Edinburgh, UK, Churchill Livingstone, 293-320.

Moss-Morris, Rona and Wrapson, Wendy (2003) Representational beliefs about functional somatic syndromes. In, Cameron, Linda and Leventhal, Howard (eds.) The Self-Regulation of Health and Illness Behaviour. London, UK, Routledge, 119-137.

last updated: Tuesday, November 15, 2011