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I am a Chartered Psychologist and practitioner Health Psychologist with 25 years of experience of conducting research into the psychological impact of allergies.  I graduated from Birmingham University with a PhD in 1999 and more recently completed an MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.  I am a University Reader in Psychology at Aston University, Birmingham, UK, and Programme Director for the online MSc Health Psychology programme.


  • BSc (hons), Psychology, University of Hertfordshire, 1993
  • MA Criminology, University of Keele, 1994
  • PhD in Psychology, University of Birmingham, 1999
  • MSc with Distinction in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, University of Derby, 2012
  • British Psychological Society Level A and B certificates in psychometric testing


  • 2017 - present: Reader in Psychology, Aston University
  • 2013 – 2017: Senior Lecturer, Psychology, School of Life and Health Sciences, Aston University.
  • 2002 – 2013: Reader in Health Psychology, Psychology, Derby University.
  • 2000 – 2002: Lecturer in Behavioural Science, School of Nursing, University of Nottingham.
  • 1998-2000: Research Fellow, Division of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Nottingham
  • 1995-1998: Research Associate, Psychology Department, University of Birmingham

Teaching Activity

I am programme director for MSc Health Psychology (online)

I am module leader for:

  • Illness Processes and Behaviour (MSc in Health Psychology campus and online)
  • Research Project in Health Psychology (online)
  • Psychology of Asthma and Allergy (final year optional module for BSc Psychology)

Research Interests

My research interests lie in the psychosocial impact of food allergy and intolerance on children and adult sufferers and the immediate family.  This has included the effects of food allergy on quality of life, stress, anxiety and coping strategies. I work closely with allergy clinics in the West and East Midlands and in Southampton and with local schools.

I am also interested in mental health and behaviour change using cognitive behavioural therapy and compassion focused techniques.

PhD Supervision

Recent PhD supervision topics include:

  • Quality of life in patients with Niemann-Pick C
  • Risk taking and coping in children and adolescents with food allergy
  • Adolescent beliefs in food allergy
  • Quality of life in Adults with Atopic Dermatitis


  • Available to supervise PhD students in health or allergy related areas




Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
  • Full member of the BPS Division of Health Psychology
  • Registered Health Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council
  • Chartered Psychologist, British Psychological Society
  • Member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy

Contact Details

Room: SW507a
Telephone: 0121 204 3402

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Research Output 2006 2019

Development and validation of the Adolescent Asthma Self-Efficacy Questionnaire (AASEQ)

Holley, S., Knibb, R. C., Latter, S., Liossi, C., Mitchell, F., Radley, R. & Roberts, G., 4 Jul 2019, In : European Respiratory Journal. 54, 1, 1801375.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Adolescent Development
Self Efficacy
Self Care
Surveys and Questionnaires

Diagnosis and Management of Non-IgE gastrointestinal Allergies in Breastfed Infants - an EAACI Position Paper

Meyer, R., Chebar Lozinsky, A., Fleischer, D. M., Vieira, M. C., Du Toit, G., Vandenplas, Y., Dupont, C., Knibb, R., Uysal, P., Cavkaytar, O., Nowak-Wegrzyn, A., Shah, N. & Venter, C., 14 Jun 2019, In : Allergy.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Food Hypersensitivity
Eosinophilic Esophagitis

Factors influencing adherence in a trial of early introduction of allergenic food

4 Dec 2019, In : Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 144, 6, p. 1595-1605 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Food Hypersensitivity
Immunoglobulin E

Preliminary development of proxy-rated quality-of-life scales for children and adults with Niemann-Pick type C

Aston, L., Shaw, R. L. & Knibb, R. C., 1 Nov 2019, In : Quality of Life Research . 28, 11, p. 3083–3092 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Quality of Life
Type C Niemann-Pick Disease

Psychological services for food allergy: The unmet need for patients and families in the United Kingdom

Knibb, R., Halsey, M., James, P., Toit, G. & Young, J., 1 Nov 2019, In : Clinical and Experimental Allergy. 49, 11, p. 1390-1394 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

Food Hypersensitivity
Clinical Psychology