Christina Liossi

Professor Christina Liossi

Professor Christina Liossi is an Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Psychology and has worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital since 2005.  

Professor Liossi has worked clinically in the UK and Europe with children with various chronic medical conditions including cancer across the continuum of care from active treatment to palliative care and survivorship; cystic fibrosis; chronic kidney disease; epidermolysis bullosa and sickle cell disease.  
She is a Chair in Paediatric Psychology at the Department of Psychology of the University of Southampton. 
“GOSH Pain Control Service is internationally recognized as leader in the field of clinical management, education and research in paediatric pain. I am proud to work in a multi-disciplinary team that is committed to support children and their families to achieve the best possible quality of life. It is a privilege to  conduct cutting edge behavioural science translational paediatric research and see new results from behavioural science translated into real world clinical solutions”. 
Christina Liossi


Professor Liossi’s particular areas of expertise include cognitive behaviour therapy and hypnosis for acute and chronic pain and neuropsychology of chronic pain.

Professor Liossi is committed to improving standards of care and has designed and implemented with colleagues from the Pain Service the Patient Reported Outcomes (PROMS) currently administered to all patients and their parents in the Service.


Professor Liossi is a Registered Practitioner Psychologist and has undertaken specialist training in paediatric pain psychology and cognitive behaviour therapy. She is also a member of a number of societies, including the British Pain Society and International Association for the Study of Pain.

Research Interests

Professor Liossi’s research interests include: the cognitive and affective neuroscience of pain and the development and evaluation of theory driven psychological interventions for the management of acute and chronic pain in young people.

Professor Liossi has published over 80 papers in peer reviewed journals and book chapters, a book on the management of procedure related cancer pain in young people and has supervised over 20 PhDs, MDs, and professional doctorates.

Professor Liossi's randomized controlled clinical trials have been critical to the establishment of hypnosis as an evidenced-based intervention in the care of children with cancer. She has contributed to national and international evidence-based guidelines on acute and chronic paediatric pain, pain in epidermolysis bullosa and sedation in children. She is currently member of the Pain and Palliative Care Clinical Studies Group for Medicines for Children Research Network (MCRN).