Health Psychology

Health Psychology

Health Psychology

Health Psychology

What is Health Psychology?

Health psychology draws upon clinical assessment and cutting-edge research to examine how biology, behavior, and social context influence health and illness. Within this biopsychosocial framework, Division 38 (Health Psychology) of the American Psychological Association notes that:

'Health psychologists participate in health care in a multitude of settings including primary care programs, inpatient medical units, and specialized health care programs such as pain management, rehabilitation, women's health, oncology, smoking cessation, headache management, and various other programs.'

Applied areas of interest include:

  • Health Promotion & Maintenance
  • Cognitive & Behavioral Assessment
  • Stress Management
  • Biofeedback
  • Chronic Pain
  • Sleep Disorders

Thought-provoking talk on stress by Stanford University health psychologist Kelly McGonigal.

Health Psychology Career Advice

This section contains information links for anybody interested in becoming a health psychologist, or anybody wanting to find out more about what health psychologists do.

This information will relate predominately to the study and practice of health psychology in the USA & UK; however, I hope to include related information from other countries in due course.

Becoming A Health Psychologist

Frequently Asked Questions about Education & Training in Health Psychology

CLICK HERE for detailed information from The British Psychological Society about: 

  • The Role of The Health Psychologist.

  • How Much Health Psychologists Get Paid.

  • Becoming A Health Psychologist.

  • Obtaining Relevant Work Experience.

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