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Prof Robert Horne
UCL School of Pharmacy
BMA House
Tavistock Square
Tel: +44 (0)207 8741293
  • Professor of Behavioural Medicine
  • Practice & Policy
  • UCL School of Pharmacy
  • Faculty of Life Sciences

Rob Horne is Professor of Behavioural Medicine at the UCL School of Pharmacy, where he is Director of the Centre for Behavioural Medicine. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Division of Health and Social Care (School of Medicine).  In 2006, he joined the UCL School of Pharmacy where he established the Centre for Behavioural Medicine within the Department of Practice and Policy and was Head of Department between 2008 and 2012.  Professor Horne is a qualified pharmacist with a PhD in health psychology from King’s College London.  He combines an initial decade in clinical pharmacy and medicines management within the NHS, with a 15-year programme of research in behavioural medicine.  In 1997 he founded the Sussex NHS Research and Development Unit at the University of Brighton and was awarded a Personal Chair in Psychology in Healthcare in 2001.

Professor Horne was designated a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain in 2010 and i
n 2011 he was appointed as an NIHR Senior Investigator from March 2013-2015).  In November 2012 Professor Horne was appointed as UCL's academic lead for the Centre for the Advancement of Sustainable Medical Innovation (CASMI), a joint undertaking with the University of Oxford.


Research Summary

Professor Horne’s research focuses on the role of psychological and behavioural factors in explaining variation in response to treatment.  He has developed a range of tools and models for assessing patient perspectives of illness and treatment (e.g. the Beliefs about Medicines Questionnaire [BMQ] and the Medication Adherence Report Scale [MARS] and frameworks (a Necessity-Concerns Framework) for understanding treatment-related behaviours with a particular focus on adherence to medication.  This work translates into a portfolio of theory-based pragmatic interventions to help patients get the best from treatments by supporting optimal adherence and self-management.  Studies are ongoing in a range of long term conditions including asthma, COPD, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, HIV, inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatologic disease, bipolar disorder and cancer.  Professor Horne’s work extends into broader aspects of health and illness such as the placebo/nocebo effect and the role of language, emotion and emotional disclosure in illness related behaviours and outcomes.  Over the past decade his research has generated over 120 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, and grants of over £7 million. His team regularly contributes to national and international reports and guidelines on adherence, and to consultancy for national charities, the NHS and commercial health care organisations.

Teaching Summary

Professor Horne has supervised ten PhDs and currently has six students that he supervisors or co-supervisors.  He is involved in both undergraduate and postrgaduate teaching including the MPharm at UCL School of Pharmacy, MBBS at UCL and the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at UCL.    

01-NOV-2012 UCL Academic Lead for CASMI Centre for the Advancement of Sustainable Medical Innovation UCL and Oxford University, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2008 – 31-DEC-2012 Head of Department Practice and Policy UCL School of Pharmacy, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2006 Director of the Centre for Behavioural Medicine Practice and Policy UCL School of Pharmacy, United Kingdom
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