Dr. Knibb Rebecca

Dr. Knibb Rebecca

Senior Lecturer

Psychology, Aston University
School of Life and Health Sciences, Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham, United Kingdom, B4 7ET

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I am a Chartered Psychologist and Senior Lecturer at Aston University. I am a member of the Aston Research Centre for Children's and Young People's Health and am a Trustee of the Anaphylaxis Campaign. I graduated from the University of Birmingham in 1999 with a PhD which investigated reasons why people self-diagnose food allergy and intolerance. Since then I have conducted and published research on the psychosocial impact of food allergy and intolerance on children and adult sufferers and the immediate family. I have worked with the media to highlight the difficulties families face including an appearance on a BBC Horizon production which investigated the affects of allergy on people’s lives. I work closely with allergy clinics in the Midlands and in Southampton and am currently conducting projects on children’s understanding of food allergy and the use of CBT to help improve quality of life and coping in parents of food allergic children.

Academic positions:

Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Aston University, April 2013 to present

Research interests:

Psychosocial impact of food allergy and intolerance on children and adult sufferers and the immediate family. Compensatory Health Beliefs in children and adults. Psychometric Scale Development and Patient Reported Outcome Measures for Allergic Conditions. Use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Allergy.

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