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Health Psychology



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 & Information



Clinical Health Psychology is a recognized specialty within professional psychology, the practice of which requires a specific knowledge base attained through coordinated education and training. As such, anybody interested in pursuing a career as a health psychologist should make their national psychology association or representative body a first port of call for information, advice and guidance.


With this in mind, I've provided 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 practice of health psychology in the USA & UK however, I hope to include related information from other countries in due course.





Pursuing a Career 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.





Recommended Reading



Clinical Health Psychology in Medical Settings: A Practitioner's Guidebook


Practicing psychologists and professional graduate students will find this classic guide invaluable in developing specialized expertise in clinical health psychology. The authors, thirty-year veterans in the field, provide an overview of the roles and functions of clinical health psychologists as well as the education, training, personal, and professional issues involved. Chapters on assessment, intervention, and consulting with medical colleagues present nuts-and-bolts strategies, case examples, and down-to-earth advice for effective practice.


This edition includes expanded discussion of psychometric instruments as well as psychological testing with medical patients and all chapters include updated reading lists to guide the practitioner or student interested in further study in targeted areas.


See following link for full details.


Clinical Health Psychology in Medical Settings: A Practitioner's Guidebook




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