SfHP Slate of Candidates Announced 2023

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The Nominations and Elections Committee, chaired by Nancy Ruddy, PhD, is pleased to announce the 2023 slate of candidates for elected offices in the Society for Health Psychology: President-Elect Andrea M. Bradford, PhD Candidate Statement: Since joining the Society for Health Psychology in 2011, I have been called to serve. Over a decade after beginning my involvement in SfHP as …

Careers in Health Psych Spotlight: An Interview with Dr. John Ruiz, Editor of the Health Psychologist

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John Ruiz, PhD Professor of Clinical Health Psychology Director of EDI in the Department of Psychology at the University of Arizona. Editor-In-Chief of Division 38’s Health Psychology Journal President of the Behavioral Medicine Research Council Jessica Kruse Communications Chair Student Advisory Council Please meet our career spotlight participant for the Spring 2023 issue, Dr. John Ruiz! I hope you enjoy …

What’s Inside

Kourtney Schroeder, Psy.D.

Kourtney Schroeder, Psy.D. Clinical Psychologist & Assistant Professor Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry University of Florida, College of Medicine- Jacksonville This Spring issue is jam-packed with a variety of remarkable articles to start off the first issue of the new year! I am thrilled to showcase several articles that were contributed by members who responded to the listserv, excited …

False Peaks

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Andrew Dunkle, Ph.D., ABPP Just when you feel as though you’ve crossed the finish line and matched to your dream internship site or landed your first job post-graduation, someone asks you about your plans for licensure, fellowships, and board certification. Initially, it is easy enough to stay in the moment and enjoy your work; but as time goes on, your …

Communicating with the Child Dying of Cancer: Professionals’ Attitudes, Practices and Observations

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Debra Newborg, Psy.D. Licensed Psychologist Concord, MA Despite the advances in treatment and survival rates for pediatric oncology, children, unfortunately, continue to die from their disease. It is these children who provided the motivation for conducting my study in 2007. This article aims to provide a brief summary of my doctoral research. While 2007 may seem long ago in the …

The GRACE Model: A Practical Framework for Implementing Positive Psychology Interventions in Medical Settings

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George Scott, M.S. Axel Ramos-Lucca, M.S., Ph.D. Karla Martínez-Casiano, Ph.D. Liliana Hernandez-Martínez, Psy.D. Javier Hernández-Justiniano, Psy.D. Julio Jiménez-Chávez, M.D. Clinical Psychology Program, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Ponce Health Sciences University. Ponce, Puerto Rico Behavioral Medicine and Neuropsychology Rehabilitation Unit, Damas Hospital. Ponce, Puerto Rico For positive psychology-oriented clinicians embedded in medical settings, there is a perceived mismatch between …

Evidence and Application of Health Psychology Interventions to Improve Management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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Brooke Palmer, PhD Assistant Professor, Division of Geriatrics, Primary Care, and Palliative Care, Department of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School Megan Petrik, PhD, ABPP Assistant Professor, Division of Geriatrics, Primary Care, and Palliative Care, Department of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School   Psychogastroenterology is an exciting and growing field of health psychology that capitalizes on the strengths of …

What Health Psychologists Should Know about Sickle Cell Anemia

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Shawn M. Bediako, Ph.D., MPA Inclusive Learning Group Center for the Advancement of Science Leadership and Culture Howard Hughes Medical Institute Health psychologists utilize a sophisticated understanding of the mental and social impact of disease and illness to help patients cope, adapt, and adjust to specific conditions. However, there is a significant shortage of health psychologists with training in the …

Enriching and Expanding Advancements in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Across the Society

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Barbara Ward-Zimmerman, PhD Society for Health Psychology President bward.zimmerman@cox.net Building on the momentum of prior leaders, your present leadership continues to dismantle barriers and solidly embed diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the culture of the Society for Health Psychology (SfHP), weaving actions reflecting these values into the work of every Board, Council, Committee, and Interest Group. With your input …

On Sleep Health and Research: An Interview with Jessee Dietch, PhD, DBSM

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Jessica R. Dietch, Ph.D., DBSM Clinical Health Psychologist & Assistant Professor School of Psychological Science Oregon State University Sleep Health Accessibility, Intervention, and Dissemination (SHAID) Lab John Richmond Sy  Diversity Chair Student Advisory Council Who is Dr. Jessee Dietch? Dr. Jessee Dietch (she/her) is licensed clinical psychologist and board-certified in behavioral sleep medicine. She obtained her doctorate in Clinical Health …