Professor Robert Horne
Professor Robert Horne

Selected research

Horne, R., Chapman, S.C.E., Forbes, A., Parham, R., Freemantle, N. & Cooper, V. (2013). Understanding patients' adherence-related beliefs about prescribed medicines: a meta-analytic review of the Necessity-Concerns Framework. PLoSONE, 8(12).


Horne, R., Fasse, K., Cooper, V., Diefenbach, M.A., Leventhal, H., Leventhal, E. and Petrie, K. (2013). The Perceived Sensitivity to Medicines (PSM) Scale: An evaluation of validity and reliability. British Journal of Health Psychology, 18(1), 18-30.

Elderly patient

Cooper, V., Gellaitry, G., Hankins, M., Fisher, M. & Horne, R. (2009). The influence of symptom experiences and attributions on adherence to Highly Active Anti-Retroviral Therapy (HAART): a six month prospective, follow-up study. AIDs Care, 21(4), 520-528.

Professor Robert Horne

Professor of Behavioural Medicine

Tel: 0207 874 1293


  • Director of the Centre for Behavioural Medicine
  • UCL Academic Lead for Centre for Advancement of Sustainable Medical Innovation (CASMI)
  • CLAHRC Theme Lead Optimising Behaviour and Engagement with Care
  • Cluster Lead - Behavioural Medicine and Treatment Optimisation
  • UCL School of Pharmacy Research Committee
  • Executive Committee Member, UCL Centre for Behaviour Change
  • Steering Group Member for Population Health Domain
  • Personal Chair in Psychology in Behavioural Medicine, UCL School of Pharmacy, 2006

Research interests

  • Developing, theory-based, pragmatic interventions to optimise treatment adherence and engagement with care in long-term conditions
  • The role of psychosocial factors as determinants of response to medication and other treatments
  • Placebo and nocebo effects
  • Understanding and optimising medication related behaviours including prescribing and adherence
  • Behavioural factors influencing the process and adoption of medical innovations
  • Measurement in behavioural medicine including the assessment of patients’ perceptions, expectations and experiences of illness and treatment

Teaching interests

  • Teaching: MPharm, UCL SoP - ‘Medicines Adherence’
  • Teaching: MSc Clinical Pharmacy, International Practice and Policy - ‘Adherence’
  • Teaching: MSc Health Psychology, UCL – ‘Adherence to treatment: Conceptual and Methodological Issues’
  • Teaching: MSc Clinical Application of Pharmacogenetic Tests, UCL ‘Why patients don’t take their medicines’
  • Teaching: Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, UCL – ‘Adherence to Treatment’
  • Supervision of 3 PhD students, UCL SoP
  • Academic supervisor: Mpharm years 1-4

Current collaborations and partnerships

  • NIHR Centre for Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) - Professor Horne is a co-applicant on the successful North Thames CLAHRC bid 2013 valued at approximately £30 million (including matched funding). He is a member of the CLAHRC Management Board and is theme lead for Optimising Behaviour and Engagement with Care (OBEC), one of the five research themes within the CLAHRC, With Professor Stephanie Taylor (QMUL) as Deputy Theme Lead(website in preparation, link to be added soon)
  • Centre for Advancement of Sustainable Medical Innovation (CASMI) a joint venture with the University of Oxford to provide new knowledge to advance sustainable medical innovation that meets the needs of individuals and society. CASMI is led by Professor Sir John Tooke and Professor Sir John Bell
  • Asthma UK Applied Research Centre - a collaboration between Asthma UK and 13 UK universities. Professor Horne is a co-applicant on the Centre and is leading on one of the three research themes with Professor Andy Bush Imperial college London
  • UCL Lancet commission on Culture and Health (2013-2014) ,in collaboration with Professor David Napier UCL Department of Anthropology
  • Optimized TacrolimuS and MMF for HLA Antibodies after Renal Transplantation (OuTSMART) – A six year NIHR funded RCT (from 2013) to determine if a combined screening /treatment programme can prevent premature failure of renal transplants due to chronic rejection in patients with HLA .Professor Horne is a co-investigator with Professor Anthony Dorling, King’s College London as the PI
  • Supporting UPtake and Adherence to antiretroviral therapy (SUPA) - NIHR five year Programme for Applied Research. Professor Horne is the Principal Investigator. A collaboration between six centres of excellence in clinical provision of HIV care and four universities (Queen Mary University London, Imperial College London, King’s College London and the University of Sussex)
  • Promoting safer provision of care for elderly residents (PROSPER) - A research project with UCL-Partners in collaboration with Professor Martin Marshall (Improvement Science London) and Dr Li Wei (UCL SoP). The project will evaluate initiatives to improve safety and reduce harm for care home residents across North East and West Essex
  • Evaluating the implementation of vaccinating healthy school-aged children against seasonal influenza – Co-investigator on a research project commissioned by the UK Department of Health. Professor Martin Utley (UCL Clinical Operation Research Unit) is leading the project


  • BSc Hons (CNAA) Pharmacy, 1983
  • MSc (Clinical Pharmacy) School of Pharmacy, University of London (Distinction,) 1987
  • PhD Health Psychology, GKT Medical School, King’s College London, 1997