What’s Inside

valeriamartinez-kaigi From the Editor's Desk

  Valeria Martinez-Kaigi, PhD, MS Clinical Health Psychologist Division of Health Psychology, Institute of Living Spine Wellness Center, Ayer Neuroscience Institute Hartford Healthcare Research Clinical Psychologist Yale Depression Research Program Department of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine   The Society for Health Psychology is proud to officially launch The Health Psychologist E-zine! The electronic magazine or e-zine reflects the transformation …

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Developing a Workplace Ally: From Friendship to Social Justice

TheHealthPsychologist Interdisciplinary Corner

Krithika Malhotra, PhDMargaret Smith, MDUniversity of Kansas Medical Center, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health This is a story of allyship, friendship, and how collaborative relationships can change the systems in which we practice. It emphasizes the meaning of connection, being open to different perspectives and moving toward shared values and goals. This is a story of two women …

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A Letter From the President

TheHealthPsychologist From the President

From your SfHP President > Helen L. Coons, PhD, ABPP What a year! As I write my final communication as SfHP President, I recognize that few of us have the words to fully capture what the past 18+ months have been like for our members, families, organizations, and communities. It is frankly indescribable. No question that we have faced complex …

Psychologists in Scrubs – Caring for Patients with COVID-19 in the Intensive Care Unit

TheHealthPsychologist Clinical Highlight

Erin L. Hall, PsyDClinical Health PsychologistDepts of Trauma Surgery & Critical CareNeuroscience Institute Geisinger Medical Center Since the late 1990s, researchers and clinicians have become increasingly aware of the fact that the intensive care unit (ICU) is a virtual hotbed for the development of chronic and sometimes intractable cognitive and mental health difficulties.  Delirium, while less pervasive than it once …

HEADucation Initiative

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Allison Verhaak, PhDClinical Health PsychologistHartford Healthcare Headache CenterAyer Neuroscience InstituteAssistant Professor of NeurologyUniversity of Connecticut School of Medicine Brian Grosberg, MD, FAHSDirector, Hartford Healthcare Headache CenterProgram Director, Headache and Facial Pain FellowshipDirector, HEADucationAyer Neuroscience InstituteProfessor of NeurologyUniversity of Connecticut School of Medicine ———————————————————————————————Headache disorders, including migraine, cluster headache, and tension-type headache, are a leading cause of disability around the world, …

Three funerals and a vacation: Using my professional experience to understand my personal journey navigating a pandemic

TheHealthPsychologist Conversation Corner

Kristina Pecora, PsyD, MAPPClinical PsychologistUnited States Institute of Peace & NVision You, LLC My husband and I were fully vaccinated at the end of April. We looked forward to re-emerging from the pandemic celebrating a return to friends, family and “normal” life. The post-vaccine invites did, indeed, start coming in . . . for funerals. Suddenly, we looked at our …

Accepting “Good Enough”: Cultivating Self-Compassion as an ECP

TheHealthPsychologist The Voice of Early Career Psychologists

Christina Rowan, PhD, ABPPBoard-Certified Clinical Health PsychologistAkron Physician Wellness Initiative My own struggle with perfectionism began in elementary school. As early as age 9, I remember studying diligently for each exam, starting every project and paper long before the due date, and completing my daily homework before allowing myself to relax or play. 97% was good, 95% was okay, and …

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What’s Inside

TheHealthPsychologist From the Editor's Desk

Valeria Martinez-Kaigi, PhD, MS Clinical Health Psychologist Spine Wellness Center Ayer Neuroscience Institute Institute of Living, Hartford Healthcare  Welcome to the Summer Issue of The Health Psychologist! This issue highlights some of the impactful clinical contribution’s health psychologists have made and will continue to make as we continue to navigate a pandemic. It also features fantastic interdisciplinary work in medical education …

2021 Convention Program

TheHealthPsychologist News from the SfHP

APA Virtual Convention The Society for Health Psychology is very excited about the upcoming APA convention. The program prepared by 2021 Chair Tyler Branagan will offer content which spans health psychology, as well as a focus on health psychology’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The convention will be entirely virtual this year – with the benefit of being able watch …

2021 Awards presented by the Society for Health Psychology (Division 38) 

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Each year, the Society for Health Psychology (SfHP) recognizes members for outstanding contributions to the field by presenting awards in Research, Clinical Practice, Education & Training, Mentoring, and Career Service.  Award categories were established to acknowledge and appreciate excellence in health psychology across the career span and throughout the field.  Honorees for 2021 include: Excellence in Health Psychology Research Award Excellence …