Professor John Weinman
John Weinman is Professor of Psychology as applied to Medicines in the School of Cancer & Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Emeritus Professor at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience in King’s College London.
The main focus of his research has been on the ways in which patients’ beliefs about their illness and treatment affect self-regulation and self-management across a wide range of physical health problems. An increasing part of this work is concerned with understanding the reasons underlying non-adherence to treatment, and in developing effective interventions for improving use of medicines and recommended treatments. This work has also resulted in the development of widely used measures and cognitively based interventions, which have been shown to effectively improve adherence to treatment, recovery and quality of life.
He has been instrumental in developing Health Psychology as a discipline within the UK and Europe, and was the founding editor of Psychology & Health. He currently holds visiting professorships in UCL, Denmark and Ireland, and was awarded a lifetime achievement award and an Honorary Fellowship by the British Psychological Society. He is a Fellow of the European Health Psychology Society, the American Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, and the Academy of Social Sciences.