What is Health Psychology?

Society for Health Psychology

Health Psychology Defined

Health psychology explores how psychological factors influence health and well-being, focusing on understanding behaviors, emotions, and beliefs that impact physical health outcomes.

Key Elements

One key aspect of health psychology is the recognition of the mind-body connection, emphasizing that mental and emotional states can affect physical health. Health psychology investigates various factors – including stress, coping mechanisms, health-related behaviors, and social support – to gain insights into their impact on disease prevention, management, and recovery.

Where Health Psychologists Work

Health psychologists work across a range of settings, including hospitals, clinics, and research institutions. They collaborate with other healthcare professionals, like doctors and nurses, to enhance patient care.

What Health Psychologists Do

Health psychologists are experts who study how thoughts, feelings, and behaviors affect health. We wear many hats: some conduct research to understand why people get sick and how to stay healthy, while others work directly with patients to help them cope with illnesses or make healthier choices. We might teach people about stress management, help someone quit smoking, or even work in hospitals to improve patient care. Basically, we are dedicated to understanding how our minds and bodies work together to keep us healthy and happy.

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Why Health Psychology Matters

By uncovering the connections between psychological well-being and physical health, health psychologists work towards improving health outcomes and enhancing quality of life for individuals and communities.

Benefits of Membership

Members enjoy access to the latest research, forward-looking ideas, networking, and an array of resources.

SfHP looks forward to being your "professional home" for health psychology.