Dr Rebecca Knibb

Reader in Psychology

Programme Director for MSc Health Psychology (online)

School of Life & Health Sciences

Aston University
Aston Triangle
B4 7ET

Room: SW507a
E-mail: r.knibb@aston.ac.uk
Telephone: 0121 204 3402

Research Group

Applied Health Research Group 

Research Centre

Aston Research centre in CHildren and Young people's health(ARCHY)

Module leader for: 

Psychology of Asthma and Allergy (Final year option for BSc Psychology)

MSc Health Psychology:

Illness Processes and Behaviour (campus)

Illness Processes and Behaviour (online)

Professional Issues and Applications (online)

Research Project module (online)

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Dr Rebecca Knibb is a Chartered Psychologist and practitioner Health Psychologist.  She is a Reader in Psychology at Aston University where she is programme director for the MSc Health Psychology online programme.  Her research interests include the health related quality of life and mental well-being of children, adolescents and parents who are managing long term conditions, particular allergic conditions and asthma.  She is also interested in development of strategies to help families cope through CBT based behaviour change methods and illness beliefs and lay perceptions of medically unexplained symptoms that patients associate with a reaction to food.  She works closely with allergy clinics in the Midlands and is currently looking at how quality of life is affected by parent’s confidence in managing their child’s allergy and how children cope with their food allergy.

2016: Attitudes towards food allergy in children and adolescents.  Co-PI with Dr David Luyt, Leicester Royal Infirmary.  Midlands Asthma and Allergy Research Association, £75,000

2016: Impact of anaphylaxis and development of a psychometric scale to assess impact of anaphylaxis on quality of life in adults.  Co-PI with Dr Krishna, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital.  Heart of England NHS Trust, £7,000

2015:  Risk and coping in children and teenagers with food allergy.  Allergy UK and Aston University £72,000

2014:  Empowering teenagers to self-manage their asthma.  Co-I with Professor Graham Roberts (PI), Professor Sue Latter, Dr Christina Rossi, Dr Matthew Hankin (Southampton University NHS trust).  Asthma U.K. £180,000

2014: Development of quality of life scales for Niemann-Pick Disease.  Actelion Pharmaceuticals UK Ltd £80,000


2014: The maze of food allergy. Start here…an online school-based workshop to improve awareness and understanding of food allergy.  In collaboration with Hailey Phillips (PI), Dr Adam Fox, Wellcome Trust Public Engagement People’s award £30,000.

  • 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

  • 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

Recent Publications