Dr Rebecca Knibb

Dr R Knibb

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

School of Life & Health Sciences

Aston University, Aston Triangle
Birmingham, B4 7ET, UK

Research Group

Applied Health Research Group 

Research Centre

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


Dr Rebecca Knibb is a Chartered Psychologist and practitioner Health Psychologist.  She is a Senior Lecturer at Aston University where she is programme director for the MSc Health Psychology online programme.  She is also a Trustee of the Anaphylaxis Campaign.  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.

Programme Director for MSc Health Psychology (online)

Module leader for: 

Illness Processes and Behaviour (MSc Health Psychology)

Psychology of Allergic Conditions (Final year option for BSc Psychology)

Recent research funding

2015: 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

2015: 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

2014:  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.

Qualifications & Education  

  • 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

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

 Selected Publications

  • Holley, S, Morris, R, Knibb, R, Latter, S, Liossi, C, Mitchell, F & Roberts, G 2016, 'Barriers and facilitators to asthma self-management in adolescents: a systematic review of qualitative and quantitative studies' Pediatric Pulmonology, vol. Early online,10.1002/ppul.23556
  • Knibb, RC, Barnes, C & Stalker, C 2016, 'Parental self-efficacy in managing food allergy and mental health predicts food allergy related quality of life' Paediatric Allergy and Immunology, vol. 27, no. 5, pp. 459-464,10.1111/pai.12569
  • Krishna, MT, Knibb, RC & Huissoon, AP 2016, 'Is there a role for telemedicine in adult allergy services?' Clinical and Experimental Allergy, vol. 46, no. 5, pp. 668-677,10.1111/cea.12701
  • Birdi, G, Cooke, R & Knibb, R 2016, 'Quality of life, stress and mental health in parents of children with parentally diagnosed food allergy compared to medically diagnosed and healthy controls' Journal of Allergy, vol. 2016, 1497375,10.1155/2016/1497375
  • Knibb, RC, Cortes, A, Barnes, C & Stalker, C 2016, 'Validation of the English version of the Scale for Psychosocial Factors in Food Allergy and the relationship with mental health, quality of life, and self-efficacy' Journal of Allergy, vol. 2016, 4850940,10.1155/2016/4850940
  • Knibb, RC 2015, 'Cognitive behaviour therapy for mothers of children with food allergy: a case series' Healthcare, vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 1194-1211,10.3390/healthcare3041194
  • Knibb, RC, Croker, S & Stalker, C 2015, '' Their tummys don' t really suit that food' : children and young teenagers understanding of food allergy' Allergy, vol. 70, no. S101, 1639, pp. 514,10.1111/all.12723
  • Knibb, RC, Barnes, C & Stalker, C 2015, 'Parental confidence in managing food allergy: development of the Food Allergy Self-Efficacy Scale for parents (FASE-P)' Clinical and Experimental Allergy, vol. 45, no. 11, pp. 1681-1689,10.1111/cea.12599
  • Williams, S, Sheffield, D & Knibb, RC 2015, '‘Everything’s from the inside out with PCOS’: exploring women’s experiences of living with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and co-morbidities through Skype™ interviews' Health Psychology Open, vol. 2, no. 2,10.1177/2055102915603051
  • Williams, S, Sheffield, D & Knibb, RC 2015, 'A snapshot of the lives of women with polycystic ovary syndrome: a photovoice investigation' Journal of Health Psychology, vol. 21, no. 6, pp. 1170-1182,10.1177/1359105314547941
  • Worth, A, Hammersley, V, Knibb, R, Flokstra-de-Blok, B, DunnGalvin, A, Walker, S, Dubois, AEJ & Sheikh, A 2014, 'Patient-reported outcome measures for asthma: a systematic review' NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine, vol. 24, 14020, pp. 14020,10.1038/npjpcrm.2014.20
  • Knibb, RC & Semper, H 2013, 'Impact of suspected food allergy on emotional distress and family life of parents prior to allergy diagnosis' Paediatric Allergy and Immunology, vol. 24, no. 8, pp. 798-803,10.1111/pai.12176
  • Knibb, RC & Stalker, C 2013, 'Validation of the food allergy quality of life: parental burden questionnaire in the UK' Quality of Life Research, vol. 22, no. 7, 295, pp. 1841-1849,10.1007/s11136-012-0295-3
  • Knibb, RC & O' B. Hourihane, J 2013, 'The psychosocial impact of an activity holiday for young children with severe food allergy: a longitudinal study' Paediatric Allergy and Immunology, vol. 24, no. 4, pp. 368-375,10.1111/pai.12074
  • Knibb, RC, Ibrahim, NF, Petley, R, Cummings, AJ, King, RM, Roberts, G, Erlewyn-Lajeunesse, M & Lucas, JSA 2013, 'Validation of the Paediatric food allergy quality of life questionnaire (PFA-QL)' Paediatric Allergy and Immunology, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 288-292,10.1111/pai.12060
  • Knibb, RC, Ibrahim, NF, Stiefel, G, Petley, R, Cummings, AJ, King, RM, Keeton, D, Brown, L, Erlewyn-Lajeunesse, M, Roberts, G & Lucas, JSA 2012, 'The psychological impact of diagnostic food challenges to confirm the resolution of peanut or tree nut allergy' Clinical and Experimental Allergy, vol. 42, no. 3, pp. 451-459,10.1111/j.1365-2222.2011.03905.x
  • van der Velde, JL, Flokstra-de Blok, BMJ, Hamp, A, Knibb, RC, Duiverman, EJ & Dubois, AEJ 2011, 'Adolescent-parent disagreement on health-related quality of life of food-allergic adolescents: who makes the difference?' Allergy, vol. 66, no. 12, pp. 1580-1589,10.1111/j.1398-9995.2011.02726.x
  • Valentine, AZ & Knibb, RC 2011, 'Exploring quality of life in families of children living with and without a severe food allergy' Appetite, vol. 57, no. 2, pp. 467-474,10.1016/j.appet.2011.06.007
  • Knibb, RC & Booth, DA 2011, 'Situation-specific cognitive behavioural self-therapy for erroneously suspected allergy or intolerance to a food: a short self-assessment tool' Appetite, vol. 57, no. 2, pp. 439-442,10.1016/j.appet.2011.06.006
  • Cummings, AJ, Knibb, RC, King, RM & Lucas, JS 2010, 'The psychosocial impact of food allergy and food hypersensitivity in children, adolescents and their families: a review' Allergy, vol. 65, no. 8, pp. 933-945,10.1111/j.1398-9995.2010.02342.x
  • Cummings, AJ, Knibb, RC, Erlewyn-Lajeunesse, M, King, RM, Roberts, G & Lucas, JSA 2010, 'Management of nut allergy influences quality of life and anxiety in children and their mothers' Paediatric Allergy and Immunology, vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 586-594,10.1111/j.1399-3038.2009.00975.x
  • Valentine, A, Buchanan, H & Knibb, R 2010, 'A preliminary investigation of 4 to 11-year-old children' s knowledge and understanding of stress' Patient Education and Counseling, vol. 79, no. 2, pp. 255-257,10.1016/j.pec.2009.08.011
  • King, RM, Knibb, RC & Hourihane, JOB 2009, 'Impact of peanut allergy on quality of life, stress and anxiety in the family' Allergy, vol. 64, no. 3, pp. 461-468,10.1111/j.1398-9995.2008.01843.x
  • Knibb, RC & Horton, SL 2008, 'Can illness perceptions and coping predict psychological distress amongst allergy sufferers?' British Journal of Health Psychology, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 103-119,10.1348/135910706X173278