King’s College London
Title: Medically Unexplained Symptoms
Rona Moss-Morris is Professor of Psychology as Applied to Medicine. She grew up in South Africa, spent 18 years in New Zealand where she completed her post graduate studies in health psychology at the University of Auckland and began her academic career. She has lived in the UK for the past 11 years and is Head of the Health Psychology Section at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London. She is National Advisor to NHS England for Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies for People with Long Term and Medically Unexplained conditions. She is a Fellow of Academy of Social Sciences, was awarded the British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology’s Outstanding Contribution to Research Award in 2015 and the Multiple Sclerosis Society MS Research of the Year in 2014. She is a NIHR Programme Grants sub-panel member and Vice Chair of MS Society Grant Panel (GR2). She is a past editor of Psychology and Health. She has been researching psychological factors that affect symptom experience and adjusting to chronic 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. Randomised controlled trials to test the clinical and cost effectiveness 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, Pain 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.
Title: Why Do Attempts to Change Behavior Fail – and what can behavioral economics add?
Ichiro Kawachi, MB.Ch.B., Ph.D., is John L. Loeb and Frances Lehman Loeb Professor of Social Epidemiology, and Chair of the Social & Behavioral Sciences Department at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Kawachi received both his medical degree and Ph.D. (in epidemiology) from the University of Otago, New Zealand. He has taught at the Harvard School of Public Health since 1992. Kawachi is the co-editor (with Lisa Berkman) of the first textbook on Social Epidemiology, published by Oxford University Press in 2000 (new & revised edition published in 2014). His other books include Neighborhoods and Health (Oxford University Press, 2003); Globalization and Health (Oxford University Press, 2006); Social Capital and Health (Springer, 2008); the Oxford Handbook of Public Health Practice co=edited with Charles Guest and others (Oxford University Press, 2013), and Behavioral Economics and Public Health co-edited with Christina Roberto (Oxford University Press, 2015). His current project is focused on the longitudinal impacts of community social cohesion/social capital on functional recovery after the March 11, 2011 Great Eastern Japan earthquake and tsunami. In 2013, he launched a massive, open online course (MOOC) through HarvardX called “Health and Society” (PHx 201), in which 32,000 participants registered from throughout the world. Kawachi is the Co-Editor in Chief (with S.V. Subramanian) of the international journal Social Science & Medicine. He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the US National Academy of Sciences.
University of Queensland
Title: Women’s Health in Context
Christina Lee is Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine. Her day job is as Professor of Health Psychology and Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Health & Behavioural Sciences, University of Queensland. She is a core researcher with the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health, which has been conducting multidisciplinary population-based research on the lives and health needs of Australia women since 1996, and has also published on the psychology of men’s health. She has particular research interests in how women cope with major life challenges, including physical illness, disability, and caregiving roles, as well as aspects of coping well with normal life transitions such as motherhood. Her research spans epidemiological and qualitative methods in an effort to understand the contexts and meanings of women’s lives.