Professor Keith J. Petrie
Professor of Health Psychology, Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Auckland, Auckland, NZ
Keith Petrie is Professor of Health Psychology at Auckland University Medical School in New Zealand. His research group does work on patients’ perceptions of illness, treatment adherence, as well as the placebo and nocebo response. Keith Petrie and his colleague John Weinman developed the Illness Perception Questionnaire, which is widely used internationally. He also developed the concept of modern health worries to explain public concerns about modern technology affecting health. His recent work on adherence has been involved in developing active visual images of illness and treatment as ways of improving treatment adherence. Professor Petrie’s research in the placebo and nocebo area has recently focused on improving patient expectations about treatment and reducing the nocebo response. Professor Petrie has been awarded numerous prizes and fellowships for his research, including a Fulbright Fellowship to Harvard University, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association of Applied Psychology, the Gluckman Medal and a Distinguished International Scholar Award from the American Psychological Association. He has been elected as a Fellow of the Association of Psychological Science and the Academy of Behavioural Medicine Research. In 2015 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society and was the recipient of the Durie Medal, which is awarded to New Zealand’s pre-eminent social scientist.