Jane Ogden

Professor Jane Ogden

Professor, Director of the PhD programme
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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.

I 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.


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.

Complete publications

Complete Publications (94.3KB) Obesity and Eating (41.27KB) The conversation (65.71KB - Requires Adobe Reader)

My teaching

My publications



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

Ogden, J. (2010) Health Psychology: a textbook. 5th edition. Open University Press, McGraw Hill. (Translated into Portuguese, Greek, Chinese, French.) 6th edition due out April 2019.

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

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

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

Ogden, J. (2014). The good parenting food guide: Managing what children eat without making food a problem. Wiley Blackwell: Oxford. (translated into Russian)

Ogden, J. (2017).  The Psychology of Health and Illness.  Open Access book for University of the People.

Ogden, J. (2018).  The Psychology of Dieting.  Routledge: London.

Ogden, J. (2019).  Thinking critically about research: a step by step guide.  Routledge: London.


Recent journal articles

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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)

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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, 8; 242-5.

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

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.

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.

Ogden, J., and Parkes, K. (2013). 'A diabetic' versus 'a person with diabetes': The impact of language on beliefs about diabetes. European Diabetes Nursing 10; 80-85.

Mcleod, A and Ogden, J. (2013) Thinking-Aloud about Stereotypical Mainstream and Opiate-Dependent Lifestyle Images: a qualitative study with opiate addicts. Sage Open DOI: 10.1177/2158244013501156

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

Brunger, H., Ogden, J. (2013). Adjusting to persistent post concussive symptoms following mild traumatic brain injury and subsequent psycho educational intervention: a qualitative analysis in military personnel. Brain Injury 28; 71-80.

Wood, K., and Ogden, J. (2014) Predictors of decreased binge eating following laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding using the Health Action Process Approach model. Psychology Health and Medicine, 19; 641-649

Dickens, E and Ogden, J. (2014). The role of parental control and modelling in predicting a child's relationship with food after they leave home: a prospective study. Appetite, 76; 23-29.

Ogden, J. (2015). Time to retire the TPB?: one of us will have to go! Health Psychology Review DOI: 10.1080/17437199.2014.898679

Ogden, J., Amirova, A., Brunger, H., Hirst, Y., Jones, B., Pringle, A., Wood, K., Senior, V. (2014). The impact of the London Olympics (2012) on physical activity, health, well being and national identity. Health Psychology Update, 23; 17-26.

Hollywood, A and Ogden, J. (in press). Failing to lose weight whilst taking orlistat: a qualitative study of patients at 18 months follow up. Journal of Health Psychology

Husted, M., and Ogden, J (2014) Impact of an Investment based intervention on weight-loss and hedonic thoughts about food post-obesity surgery. Journal of Obesity, doi: 10.1155/2014/810374.

Ogden, J., Birch, A. and Wood, K (2015). 'The wrong journey': patients' experience of plastic surgery post weight loss surgery. Journal of Qualitative Health and Exercise. 7; 294-308.

Bolton, P., and Ogden, J. (2015) Stage of motherhood, work commitment, identity and the wellbeing of professional women. Journal of Arts and Social Sciences. 1; 2-25.

Phillips, J., and Ogden, J (2015). Using drawings of pain-related images to understand the experience of chronic pain: a qualitative study. British Journal of Occupational Therapy. 78; 404-411.

Ogden, J., Hollywood, A., and Pring, C. (2015). The impact of a health psychology led bariatric rehabilitation service on weight loss post weight loss surgery: a randomised control trial. Obesity Surgery. 25; 500-505.

Hudson, B. F., Ogden. J. & Whiteley, M. S. (2015). A thematic analysis of varicose veins and minimally invasive surgery under local anesthetic. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 24: 1502-1512

Hudson, B. F. & Ogden, J. (2015). Exploring the impact of intra-operative interventions for pain and anxiety management during local anaesthetic surgery- a systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jopan.2014.11.012

Hudson, B. F., Ogden, J. & Whiteley, M. S. (2015). Randomised Controlled Trial to Compare the Effect of Simple Distraction Interventions on Pain and Anxiety Experienced During Minimally Invasive Varicose Vein Surgery. European Journal of Pain. Nov;19(10):1447-55. doi: 10.1002/ejp.675. Epub 2015 Jan 30.

Matini, L and Ogden, J. (2016) Patients’ experiences of IBD and the process of adaptation: finding the new normal after diagnosis.  Journal of Health Psychology  DOI: 10.1177/1359105315580463

Wood, K and Ogden, J. (2016). Obesity Patients’ long-term experiences following obesity surgery with a focus on eating behaviour: A qualitative study.  Journal of Health Psychology. 1359105315578304.

Tollow, P., Ogden, J., and Whiteley, M. (2016) The comparative impact of conservative treatment versus superficial venous surgery, for the treatment of venous leg ulcers: a systematic review of the impact on patient quality of life European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery 31(2):82-93. doi: 10.1177/0268355515581278.

Ogden, J., Oikonoumou, E., Alemany, G. (2016). Distraction, restrained eating and disinhibition: an experimental study of food intake and the impact of 'eating on the go'  International Journal of Health Psychology. 22(1):39-50 10.1177/1359105315595119

Ogden, J.  (2016) Celebrating variability and a call to end a systematising approach to research: the example of the Behaviour Change Taxonomy and the Behaviour Change Wheel.   Health Psychology Review.  (with 5 commentaries) 10(3):245-50.

Konstantara, E.,  Vandrevala, T., Cox, A., Creagh-Brown, BC.,  Ogden, J (2016). Balancing Professional Tension and Deciding upon the Status of Death: Making End-of-life Decisions in Intensive Care Units.  Health Psychology Open  January 1-9. DOI: 10.1177/2055102915622928

Tollow, P and Ogden, J. (2016) Patient’s Experiences of Superficial Venous Surgery for Leg Ulceration: hope, investment and agency.  Journal of Health Psychology  doi: 10.1177/1359105316643380.

Cockle, S., and Ogden, J.  (2016) The “Radiation Vacation”: Parents’ Experiences of Travelling to have their Children’s Brain Tumours Treated with Proton Beam Therapy.  Health Psychology Open 17;3(1):2055102916649767. doi: 10.1177/2055102916649767.

Ogden, J. (2016) Do no harm: balancing the costs and benefits of patient outcomes in health psychology research and practice. Journal of Health Psychology DOI: 10.1177/1359105316648760

Cook, A., Ogden, J and Winstone, N.  (2016) The experiences of learning, friendship and bullying of boys with autism spectrum disorders in mainstream and special settings: a qualitative study. British Journal of Special Education, 43; 250-271

Cheetham, I.,and Ogden, J. (2016) Enhancing sun safety in young women: the relative impact of format and temporal framing on beliefs and behaviour.  Cogent Psychology 3:1, DOI: 10.1080/23311908.2016.1210069

Kelly, A., and Ogden, J.  (2016). The effects of perceived early childhood attachment and care status on young peoples’ eating behaviour.  Adoption and Fostering, 234-246, 40(3), doi: 10.1177/0308575916663561

Ogden, J (2016) Theories, timing and choice of audience: Some key tensions in health psychology and a response to commentaries on Ogden (2016).  Health Psychology Review. 10(3):274-6

Ogden, J., Dalkou, M., Kousantoni, M., Savona Ventura, S., and Reynolds, R. (2017) Changes in aspects of the home environment and eating behavior across three generations of women:  a quazi longitudinal study in 4 Mediterranean and non Mediterranean countries.  Australian Psychologist, 52; 442-452.

Marks, L., and Ogden, J. (2017) The Evaluation of an Online ‘Teachable Moment’ Dietary Intervention Health Education 117; pp.39-52,

Ogden, J., and Arulgnanaseelan, J. (2017) Medically managing obesity risk factors: offering hope or a disincentive to change? Patient Education and Counselling, 100(1):93-97

Ruscitto, C and Ogden, J. (2017). The impact of an implementation intention to improve meal times and reduce jet lag in long-haul cabin crew.  Psychology and Health 32(1):61-77.

Roche, A and Ogden, J. (2017) The role of Predictors of Burnout and Physical Health in Samaritans’ Listening Volunteers.  Psychology Health and Medicine, 22; 1169-1174

Hammill, A., Ogden, J., Glorney, E. (2017) Predicting involvement in the illicit economy in prisons and the impact on substance use, debt, isolation and violence using a new measure of biddability (BIDSCALE).  The Prison Service Journal, 234; 16-22

Ruscitto, C., & Ogden, J. (2017) Predicting jet lag in long-haul cabin crew: The role of illness cognitions and behaviour.  Psychology and Health 32(9):1055-1081.

Tollow, P & Ogden, J. (2017). The importance of relationships in treatment for chronic leg ulceration.   Journal of Health Psychology doi:


 Cook, A., Ogden, J., Winstone, N., (2017). Masking the problem.  A qualitative study of girls experiences of having ASD.  European Journal of Special Educational Needs. DOI: 10.1080/08856257.2017.1312797

Ali, S., Ogden, J., & Birtel, M. (2017) Building a Dual Identity as an Immigrant in the UK: Eritreans’ Search for Freedom and a Sense of Balance.  Ethnic and Racial Studies DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2017.1384555

Nancarrow, A., Hollywood, A., Ogden, J., and Hashemi, M. (2018) The role of attachment in body weight and weight loss in bariatric patients.  Obesity Surgery 28(2):410-414.

Ogden, J., Wood, C., Payne, E., Fouracre, H., Lammyman, F.  (2018). ‘Snack’ versus ‘meal’: the impact of label and presentation on food intake.  Appetite, 120:666-672.

Webb J, Fife-Schaw C, Ogden J, & Foster J. (2017) The Effect of the Move More Pack on the Physical Activity of Cancer Survivors: Protocol for a Randomized Waiting List Control Trial with Process Evaluation. JMIR Res Protoc. 9;6(11):e220.doi: 10.2196/resprot.7755.

Lynden, J., Hollands, T., Ogden, J. (2018) Contracting for care - the construction of the farrier's role in supporting horse owners to prevent laminitis.  Equine Veterinary Journal, 1-9. d

Cook, A., Ogden, J., & Winstone, N. (in press). The impact of a school-based musical contact intervention on prosocial attitudes, emotions and behaviours: A pilot trial with autistic and neurotypical children.  Autism

Ogden J, Ward N, Hollywood A, & Pring C (2018) Resource implications of a brief psychology triage tool for patients pre bariatric surgery: An audit of patient pathways. Ann Bariatr Metab Surg. 1: 1002.

Ward N & Ogden, J.(in press) ‘Damned if we do or don’t’ Bariatric surgeons reflections on patients sub optimal outcomes post weight loss surgery.  Psychology and Health.


Papers in non academic journals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ogden, J. (2013). Obesity in children. The conversation, https://theconversation.com/time-to-face-hard-truths-when-it-comes-to-obese-children-15323

Ogden, J (2013). Banning packed lunches is a step too far. The conversation. Reprinted in The Huffington Post (120,000 readers). https://theconversation.com/banning-packed-lunches-is-a-step-too-far-16155

Ogden, J (2013). Sugar hysteria won't solve the obesity problem. The conversation. http://theconversation.com/sugar-hysteria-wont-solve-the-obesity-puzzle-17384

Ogden. (2013). Jamie's right: ready meals are a modern curse. The conversation. http://theconversation.com/jamies-right-ready-meals-are-a-modern-curse-17669

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

Ogden, J (2013). Nick Clegg is spot on over free school meals. The conversation. http://theconversation.com/nick-clegg-is-spot-on-over-free-school-meals-18375

Ogden, J. (2013). Tobacco companies are savvy about the power of branding. The conversation. https://theconversation.com/columns/jane-ogden-96406

Ogden, J. (2014). The pompeii diet, leg of giraffe, hold the KFC. The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/the-pompeii-diet-leg-of-giraffe-sea-urchin-hold-the-kfc-21981#comment_288287

Ogden, J. (2014). Obesity by any other name would still be fat. The Conversation https://theconversation.com/obesity-by-any-other-name-would-still-be-fat-22600

Ogden J. (2014). Attacks on nanny state are propped up by vested interests. The Conversation https://theconversation.com/columns/jane-ogden-96406

Ogden, J. (2014). Obesity is now so normal that many parents can't see if their child is too fat. The Conversation reprinted in Scientific American (21,000 readers). https://theconversation.com/obesity-is-now-so-normal-that-many-parents-cant-see-if-their-child-is-too-fat-31032

Ogden, J (2014). Let's put the 'school' back into free school meals and teach our children the importance of good diet. The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/lets-put-the-school-back-into-free-school-meals-and-teach-the-importance-of-good-diet-31124

Ogden, J. (2014). The no headline headline: just eat less and do more. The Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/jane-ogden/the-no-headline-headline-just-eat-less-and-do-more_b_5882496.html

Ogden, J (2014). Free obesity surgery on the NHS is worth the money. The Conversation. http://theconversation.com/free-obesity-surgery-on-the-nhs-is-worth-the-money-34818

Ogden, J. (2015). Cap sugar fat and salt. The Conversation. http://theconversation.com/cap-sugar-fat-and-salt-three-hours-of-exercise-a-day-labours-plan-for-unhealthy-kids-36309

Ogden, J. (2015). How much sugar is lurking in your cereal? The Conversation. http://theconversation.com/how-much-sugar-is-lurking-in-your-cereal-36797

Ogden, J. (2015). Eight sneaky tips to encourage your children to eat healthy foods. The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/eight-sneaky-tricks-to-get-your-children-to-eat-healthy-food-39284

Ogden, J. (2015). Thank you bikini terrorists for moving us on from throwback diet ads. The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/thank-you-bikini-terrorists-for-moving-us-on-from-throwback-diet-ads-now-eachbodysready-40973

Ogden, J. (2015) Are we normalising obesity? The independent online. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/features/are-we-normalising-obesity-10313776.html

Ogden, J. (2016). Eating well - its more than just what you eat. The conversation. https://theconversation.com/eating-well-its-more-than-just-what-you-eat-52916

Ogden, J. (2016). Ten mind tricks to make you a healthier eater. The Daily Mail. http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/health/article-3448464/Ten-mind-tricks-make-healthier-eater.html?hootPostID=cfeef6ee6c29e38df12cd46838c1e796

Ogden, J (2016). Now we can't walk if we want to. http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/now-we-cant-walk-if-we-want-tfls-nanny-state-lesson-laziness-1549676. International Business Times.

Ogden, J (2016).   Jamie Oliver’s big chance to persuade the world to take action against obesity.  The Conversation.  http://theconversation.com/jamie-olivers-big-chance-to-persuade-the-world-to-take-action-against-obesity-59833#comment_983928

Ogden, J. (2016). When it comes to food its not helpful to believe in the genetics of behaviour.  The Conversation.  https://theconversation.com/when-it-comes-to-food-its-not-helpful-to-believe-in-the-genetics-of-behaviour-67181 

Ogden. J.  (2017) Eating well: its more than just what you eat but when, where why and how.  https://kingscross.impacthub.net/2017/05/30/eating-well-its-more-than-just-what-you-eat-but-when-where-why-and-how/

Ogden, J (2017).  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4181864/Why-looking-photo-make-feel-better-wobbly-bits.html.  Body image.  The Daily Mail.

Ogden, J (2017).  Changing behaviour: Childhood nutrition.  The BPS guidelines.

Ogden J. (2017) https://theconversation.com/food-labelled-snack-leaves-you-hungrier-than-food-labelled-meal-86507.  Food labelled snack leaves your hungrier than food labelled meal. 

Ogden, J. (2018) Beat mindless eating.  The Healthy Food Guide.

Ogden, J (2018) I think positively therefore I lose weight. The Healthy Food Guide.

Ogden, J. (2018)  Staying critical in a modern world of information overload.  Division of Clinical psychology-Scotland review.  Issue 17. 16-21.

Ogden, J.  (2018). Don’t dare tell us we’re too old for bikinis.  The Daily Mail. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-5893125/Women-40-feel-confident-bikinis-20s.html