Keynote Speakers

Prof. Rona Moss-Morris

Prof. Rona Moss-Morris
Professor of Psychology as Applied to Medicine, King’s College London

Rona Moss-Morris is Professor of Psychology as Applied to Medicine. She is head of the Health Psychology Section at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London.  She is a Fellow of the 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 was National Advisor to NHS England for Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies for People with Long Term Conditions from 2011-2016. She was Editor-in-Chief of Psychology and Health from 2006-2010 and is an incoming Editor of Health Psychology Review.

She has been researching psychological factors that affect symptom experience and adjusting to long term conditions for the past 20 years. This research has been used to design theory based cognitive behavioral interventions, including web-based interventions, for a range of patient groups. Randomized controlled trials to test the clinical and cost effectiveness of these interventions form a key component of her research.  More recently her focus is on rolling out interventions into real world practice.

Conceptualising adjustment to long term physical health conditions: Implications for treatment

Common mental health disorders, including depression and anxiety, are 2-3 times more prevalent in people with long-term physical health conditions (LTCs) compared with the general population. Mental health comorbidity in LTCs is associated with poorer health outcome and a 60% increase in health costs.  Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a recommended evidence-based treatment for depression and anxiety in LTCs. However, the cognitive-behavioral mechanisms targeted in traditional CBT protocols are based on empirical models of mental health disorders. This raises important theoretical and clinical issues which I will discuss in this presentation. These include the difference between primary mental health disorder and distress in the context of LTC and conceptualizing adjustment to LTCs. I will present our new model of adjustment to LTCs and how we are using this to develop a trans-diagnostic digital CBT program for distress in LTC called ‘COMPASS – Navigating your long-term condition’. I will describe how we are embedding normalization process theory (NPT) and the personal centered approach into the development and evaluation of this treatment to increase the chances of implementation of COMPASS if shown to be an effective treatment.  This includes assessing the whole treatment pathway, from routine screening of patients, referral, uptake and completion of treatment.

Dr. Daniël Lakens

Dr. Daniel Lakens
Assistant Professor in Applied Cognitive Psychology, Eindhoven University of Technology

Daniel Lakens is an experimental psychologist working at the Human-Technology interaction group at Eindhoven University of Technology, and received his PhD from Utrecht University in 2010. He works on how researchers can design informative studies, reward structures in science, and applied statistics. His main lines of empirical research focus on conceptual thought, similarity, and meaning. Lakens is funded until 2022 by a VIDI grant from NWO on a project that aims to improve the reliability and efficiency of psychological science. He teaches an online MOOC ‘Improving Your Statistical Inferences’, and won a Teacher of the Year award at Eindhoven University of Technology in 2014. He has given over 40 workshops on open science and improving research practices, co-edited a special issue consisting of pre-registered replication studies with Brian Nosek that appeared in 2014, and convinced the Dutch science funder NWO to start a pilot project with grants dedicated to replication research.

Towards a more efficient and reliable science

Criticisms on how scientists fail to use practices that increase the informational value of studies have been published for over half a century. Combining a traditionally strong interest and expertise in statistics with knowledge about human behavior, psychologists have uniquely positioned themselves to examine how we can improve research practices, while taking into account the people who will have to adopt these research practices. In this presentation I will talk about some of the problematic research practices that have limited knowledge generation in the past, their consequences on the reliability of research findings, and suggestions for improvements that have been developed in the last seven years.

Prof. Frank Snoek

Prof. Frank Snoek
Professor of Medical Psychology, Amsterdam University Medical Centers

Frank J. Snoek, PhD, is professor and department head of medical psychology at the Amsterdam UMC, locations VUMC and AMC. He is a chartered clinical health psychologist and chief of the ‘Diabetes Mentaal’ outpatient clinic that offers specialized (e-) psychological services to adults with diabetes complicated by psychological problems. His research focuses on improving self-management and psychological wellbeing in persons with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. He is the founder and past chair of the Psychosocial Aspects of Diabetes (PSAD) study group of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD). He is involved in national and international guideline committees on screening and psychological care in diabetes. He received the Wolter Goeman Award for his contributions to medical psychology in the field of diabetes, and was first recipient of the Diabetes Research Award from the Diabetes Research Foundation (Diabetesfonds). He has published extensively on the topic of diabetes psychology in peer-reviewed journals, books and book chapters. His current research focuses on internet/mobile applications in diabetes.

Diabetes psychology: contributions and challenges

Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is a highly prevalent and psychologically demanding chronic disease, with medical outcomes largely dependent on the patients’ daily self-management behaviors. Psychological research has made significant contributions to understanding the impact of DM and its acute and long-term complications on peoples’ lives, and the role of individual and social barriers to effective self-regulation. There is growing evidence for the efficacy of behavioral and psychological interventions aimed to improve self-care, wellbeing and clinical outcomes. Yet, there is a pressing need to further psychological research in diabetes, with a view on the unmet needs of people with diabetes, despite obvious medical and technological advances in the diabetes treatment. Prevention, reach and implementation are key challenges for diabetes psychology, calling for innovative and collaborative approaches.