Professor Jane Ogden

Professor, Director of the PhD programme

Qualifications: BSc (Sus), PhD (London), CPsychol, CHPsych

Phone: Work: 01483 68 6929
Room no: 27 AD 02

Further information


After completing my PhD at the Institute of Psychology in London I lectured first at Middlesex University and then at Guy's and St Thomas Medical Schools.  She joined the University of Surrey in 2005.

Research Interests

I carry out research in the areas of eating behaviour and obesity management, aspects of women's health, communication in the health care consultation and the experience of medical procedures.



  1. Ogden, J. (1992) Fat Chance! The Myth of Dieting Explained. Routledge: London. Translated into Portuguese (1993).

  2. Ogden, J. (2010) Health Psychology: a textbook. 5th edition. Open University Press, McGraw Hill. (Translated into Portuguese, Greek, Chinese, French.)

  3. Ogden, J. (2002) Health and the construction of the individual. Routledge: London.

  4. Ogden, J (2010) The psychology of eating: From healthy to disordered behaviour. 2nd edition. Blackwell: US / UK. Translated into Spanish and Polish.

  5. Ogden J (ed) (2007). Essential readings in health psychology. Open University Press: Buckingham.

  6. Ogden, J. (in press). The good parenting food guide: how to manage what children eat without making food an issue. Wiley Press. Publication date: Feb 2014.

Recent journal articles

  1. Epiphaniou, E and Ogden, J. (2010). Successful weight loss maintenance: From a restricted to liberated self. International Journal of Health Psychology, 15; 887-896.

  2. Ogden, J., and Clementi, C. (2010). The experience of being obese and the many consequences of stigma. Journal of Obesity, 429098 Open Access.

  3. Epiphaniou, E and Ogden, J. (2010). Evaluating the role of triggers and sustaining conditions in weight loss maintenance, Journal of Obesity, 8594143 Open Access.

  4. Ogden, J and Cornwall, D. (2010). The role of topic, interviewee and question in predicting rich data in qualitative health research. Sociology Health and Illness, 32, 1059-1071.

  5. Ogden, J., Avenell, S., Ellis, G. (2011). Negotiating control: Patients’ experiences of unsuccessful Weight Loss Surgery. Psychology and Health. 26; 949-964.

  6. Chapman, K. and Ogden, J. (2010). The prevalence of mechanisms of dietary change in a community sample. Appetite, 55; 447-453.

  7. Hollywood, A and Ogden, J. (2010). Taking orlistat: Predicting weight loss over 6 months. Journal of Obesity. 806896 Open Access.

  8. Ogden, J., Pope, J., and Nelson, M. (2011) The development and evaluation of a Nurse led food intolerance clinic in Primary Care. Patient Education and Counselling. 85 (2) 1-5, PMID 21112175.

  9. Jenkins, J., and Ogden, J. (2011). Becoming “whole” again: a qualitative study of women’s views of recovering from anorexia nervosa. European Eating Disorders Review, 20; 423-6.

  10. Ogden, J and Avades, T. (2011). The experience of being homeless and the use and non use of services: a qualitative study. Journal of Community Psychology, 39; 499-505.

  11. Inman, C and Ogden, J. (2011). Facing Mortality: exploring positive growth following trauma and the process of recalibration. Psychology Health and Medicine. 16; 366-374.

  12. Ogden, J., Smith, L., Nolan, H., Moroney, R., Lynch, H. (2011) The impact of an educational intervention to protect women against the influence of media images. Health Education. 111; 412-424

  13. Ogden, J., Liakopoloulou, E., Antilliou, G., Gough, G. (2012). The meaning of food (MOF): The development of a new measurement tool. European Eating Disorders Review. 20; 423-6.

  14. Ogden, J and Lo, J. (2012). How meaningful are data from Likert scales?: an evaluation of how ratings are made and the role of the response shift in the socially disadvantaged. International Journal of Health Psychology, 12, 350-361.

  15. Morris, A., and Ogden, J. (2012). Making sense of children’s symptoms: managing ambiguity and responsibility. Psychology Health and Medicine. 17; 285-294.

  16. Chapman, K and Ogden, J. (2012). Nudging customers towards healthier choices. An intervention in the university canteen, Journal of Food research. 1, 13-21. ISSN 1927-0895 (Online).

  17. Cartwright, M., Ogden, J., Grunfeld, EA., Weinman, J. (2012). Can self-report questionnaires create illness cognitions in middle-aged men? Health Psychology. 32: 534-8.

  18. Wood, K., and Ogden, J. (2012) Explaining the role of binge eating behaviour in weight loss post bariatric surgery. Appetite, 58; 177-180.

  19. Hollywood, A., Ogden, J and Pring, C. (2012) The impact of a bariatric rehabilitation service on weight loss and psychological adjustment - Study protocol. BMC Public Health 2012, 12:275 doi:10.1186/1471-2458-12-275.

  20. Ogden, J., Cordey, P., Cutler, L and Thomas, H. (2013) Parental restriction and Children’s diets: the chocolate coin and easter egg experiments. Appetite, 61; 36-44.

  21. Heinrich, M., Ogden, J., Patel, AG. (2013) The impact of viewing post-operative dressings on recovery from laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Psychology Health and Medicine, epub.

  22. Ogden, J., Coop, N., Cousins, C., Crump, R., Field, L., Hughes, S. Woodger, N (2013) Distraction, the desire to eat and food intake: towards an expanded model of mindless eating. Appetite; 62; 119-126.

  23. Ogden, J. (2013) The changing shape of Health Psychology: a matter of progress or a sign of Thatcher’s children coming of age? Health Psychology Review, epub 10.1080/17437199.2013.773122.

  24. McNulty, N., Ogden, J., Warren, F. (2013) Neutralising the patient': therapists' accounts of sexual boundary violations. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 20: 189-198.

  25. Brunger, H., Serrato, J and Ogden, J. (2013).’Stuck in No Man’s Land’. A Shift in Identity and the Transition From Military to Civilian Life: A Qualitative Study of Vocational Readjustment. Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research 5, 86-100.

  26. Ogden, J., and Russell, S. (2013). How Black women make sense of ‘White’ and Black’ fashion magazines: a qualitative think aloud study. Journal of Health Psychology, 18; 1588-1600.

  27. Ogden, J., and Parkes, K. (in press). ‘A diabetic’ versus ‘a person with diabetes’: The impact of language on beliefs about diabetes. European Diabetes Nursing.

  28. Mcleod, A and Ogden, J. (in press) Thinking-Aloud about Stereotypical Mainstream and Opiate-Dependent Lifestyle Images: a qualitative study with opiate addicts. Sage Open.

  29. Dewe, M., Ogden, J., Coyle, A. (2013). The Cigarette Box as an Advertising Vehicle: A Case for Plain Packaging, Journal of Health Psychology, epub ahead of print.

  30. Brunger, H., Ogden, J. (in press). Military personnel’s experience of living with mild traumatic brain injury: qualitative interview study. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation.

  31. Wood, K., and Ogden, J. (in press) Predictors of decreased binge eating following laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding using the Health Action Process Approach model. Psychology Health and Medicine.

Invited papers in non academic journals

  1. Ogden, J. Exercise addiction, (1994) Practice Nursing, May.

  2. Ogden, J.(1994). The OXCHECK and Family Heart Study results - ammunition for the screening backlash? Health Psychology Update, June.

  3. Ogden, J. (1994). The role of the media in body image. Zest Magazine. October.

  4. Ogden, J. (1996) Psychosocial science and biomedicine: a contradictory relationship, Medical Sociology News, 21, 25-31.

  5. Ogden, J. The media and eating disorders: an all consuming power or an important influence? (1996). Signpost: newsletter for the Eating Disorders Association. December.

  6. Ogden, J. (1999) Body dissatisfaction: its nature, causes and the central role of control. Counselling News, January.

  7. Ogden, J (2004). The problem of obesity: Why information, guidelines and knowledge are not enough. A memo to the health select committee.

  8. Ogden, J. (2004). The psychology of the Atkins diet. The Guardian.

  9. Ogden, J. (2005). How can medical solutions help treat obesity? GP Magazine.

  10. Ogden, J. (2005). The psychology of contraception use. Women’s Health Magazine.

  11. Ogden, J (2009). A psychosocial model of behaviour change and a role for life events. European Health Psychologist.

  12. Ogden, J. (2009). Improving obesity treatment: what can we learn from current management approaches? Sheffield Primary Care Trust.

  13. Ogden, J (2009). The things people say. Lighter life magazine.

  14. Ogden, J (2009). Why we eat what we eat and the implications for improving obesity treatment, Psychology Review, 16, 20-22.

  15. Ogden, J. (2010). Weight loss surgery: why not for everyone? Primary Care Today August/September, p6.

  16. Ward, E and Ogden, J. (2010). Commentary on experiencing vaginismus – sufferers’ beliefs about causes and effects. Sex and Marital Therapy.

  17. Ogden, J. (2013). Obesity in children. The Conversation.

  18. Ogden, J (2013). Banning packed lunches is a step too far. The Conversation.

  19. Ogden, J (2013). Sugar hysteria won’t solve the obesity problem. The Conversation.

  20. Ogden, J. (2013). Jamie’s right: ready meals are a modern curse.The Conversation.

  21. Ogden, J. (2013). Parenting practices and their consequences for their children. Invited editorial. Scientific Newsletter of the IFAVA. September, vol: 81.

  22. Ogden, J (2013). Nick Clegg is spot on over free school meals. The Conversation.

  23. Ogden, J. (2013). Tobacco companies are savvy about the power of branding. The Conversation.


I teach psychology, nutrition, dietician and medical students at both under graduate and post graduate levels.  I have been Director of our PhD programme since 2008 and convene modules for the UG degree and the MSc in Health Psychology.

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