Health Research Council

The purpose of the Health Research Council is to promote health psychology research, contribute to the development of future health psychology investigators, and ensure that the SfHP remains a recognized leader in health psychology research.

HRC Roles:

  • Granting Graduate and Travel Awards to graduate students annually
  • Liaising with other APA and SfHP committees as appropriate
  • Providing strategic recommendations to the SfHP Executive Committee regarding research directions such as recommending eminent researchers for expert panels when requested, serving as the source for review processes, or for input on research-related matters brought to the Society.
  • Maintaining an expanding list of resources for researchers to successfully obtain funding and conduct excellent research.
  • Acquiring information relevant to funding, ethics and knowledge transfer information for the discipline.
  • Publicizing new or surging areas of research in health psychology  via our Division Listservs.
  • Arranging for the publication of announcements and/or articles in The Health Psychologist, on the SfHP website and the Society’s listserv

Current Research Council Activity:

  • We are currently assisting the newly formed APA Panels for developing treatment guidelines for obesity and PTSD.

Student Research Awards:

The primary way our council achieves its purpose is by granting student research awards. Two types of awards are granted:

Student Research Award: funds research for six students, principal investigators, usually dissertations. 

Student Travel Award: funds travel to the three highest rated student submissions to the APA annual convention.

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Ali A. Weinstein, PhD

Chair Chair, Health Research Council

Joshua F. Wiley, PhD


Amanda Almond, PhD

Diversity Council Liaison to Health Research Council

Carolyn Tucker, PhD

Diversity Council Liaison to Health Research Council

Renee Magnan, PhD

Researcher on Call Series Leader & Research Communications Liaison

Alan Glaros, PhD


Deborah Ragin, PhD


Kathleen Torsney, PhD


Kristen E. Riley, PhD


Lawrence Perlmuter, PhD


Mary Amanda Dew, PhD


Matthew M. Burg, PhD


Samantha D. Outcalt, PhD


Shawna L. Ehlers, PhD


Qian Lu, MD, PhD

International Relations Committee Liaison

KayLoni Olson, PhD

Student Liaison to Health Research Council

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