Professor Janice Abbott

Prof. Janice Abbott

Professor of Health Psychology

School of Psychology

Darwin Building, DB229

+44 (0) 1772 89 3790

Subject Areas: Psychology

Janice Abbott is Professor of Health Psychology and a Chartered Health Psychologist. She has considerable expertise in the development and evaluation of patient-reported outcome measures.

Janice is undertaking longitudinal programmes of work which evaluate the psychological aspects of cystic fibrosis, systemic lupus erythematosus and obesity. These projects aim to evaluate health-related quality of life, ways of coping, treatment burden and adherence, and how such factors contribute to disease progression and survival.

Janice leads the Quality of Life Research Group.

  • BA (Hons) Psychology (1982)
  • PGCert Criminology (1985)
  • PhD Psychophysiology (1986)
  • Charted Health Psychologist


Hodgkinson A, Abbott J, Hurley MA, Lowe N, Qualter P.  An educational intervention to prevent overweight in pre-school years: a cluster randomised trial with a focus on disadvantaged families. BMC Public Health 2019;19: 430. 

McElhone K, Abbott J,  Sutton C, Lanyon P, Thomas A, Muir A, Rahman A, Isenberg D,  Gayed M, Asfar B, Yee CS, Stevens R,  Akil M, Kilding R,  McDermott J,  Ahmad Y,  Breslin A,  Bruce I, Reynolds J, Parker B, Haque S, Gordon C, Teh LS. Sensitivity to change and minimal important differences of the LupusQoL in patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.  Arthritis Care Research 2016;68:1505-13.

Abbott J, Morton AM, Hurley MA, Conway SP. Longitudinal impact of demographic and clinical variables on Health-Related Quality of Life in Cystic Fibrosis. BMJ Open 2015;5:e007418 doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014-07418 

Quittner AL, Goldbeck L, Abbott J, Duff A, Lambrecht P, Solé A, Tibosch MM, Bergsten Brucefors A, Yüksel H, Catastini P, Blackwell L, Barker D. Prevalence of depression and anxiety in patients with cystic fibrosis and parent caregivers: results of The International Depression Epidemiological Study across nine countries. Thorax. 2014;69:1090-7. 

More publications


British Psychological Society | European Cystic Fibrosis Society

Research Activities


In November 2019, Janice received a prestigious international award from the US Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The Carolyn and Richard Mattingly Award recognises distinction in research and leadership in mental health care and a commitment to the mental health and well-being of individuals with cystic fibrosis.  Janice received the award at the North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference. 


  • Patient-reported outcome measurement in cystic fibrosis
  • Evidence-based valuation of patient-centred outcomes in cystic fibrosis (VALU-CF)
  • Health-related quality of life measurement in systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Health-related quality of life measurement in systemic lupus erythematosus
  • The International Anxiety and Depression Epidemiological Study in Cystic Fibrosis
  • Health-related quality of life measurement in systemic lupus erythematosus

External Affiliations and Roles


  • Associate Editor: Journal of Cystic Fibrosis
  • Editorial Board: Disability and Rehabilitation
  • Founding chair: European Cystic Fibrosis Society Mental Health Working Group
  • US Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Mental Health Advisory Committee