Dr Rebecca Knibb

Rebecca Knibb
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I joined Psychology at Aston University in April 2013 as a Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology.  I first studied Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire in 1990-1993 and went on to do an MA in Criminology at Keele.  I then moved to the University of Birmingham to run a study on self-diagnosed food allergy and also studied for a PhD.  I graduated in 1999 and went to the University of Nottingham as a Research Fellow in Public Health and then Lecturer in Behavioural Sciences in the School of Nursing.  In 2002 I moved to the Psychology Department at Derby University and helped set up and run the MSc in Health Psychology as an on-campus and on-line BPS accredited 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


  • 2013 – present: 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)
  • Psychology of Allergic Conditions (3rd 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

Currently supervising two PhD students undertaking projects in the following areas:

  • Quality of life in patients with Niemann-Pick C
  • Risk taking and coping in children and adolescents with food allergy


 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

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