Health Research Council


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 Student Research 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.
  • 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.

Useful Links


Ali A. Weinstein, PhD
Chair of Health Research Council





Amanda Almond, PhD
Vice Chair Health Research Council





Joshua Eyer, PhD
Secretary/Health Policy Council Liaison





Allison Carroll, PhD
Research Communications Liaison





Lydia Wu, BA, BS
Diversity Council Liaison






KayLoni Olson, PhD





Renee Magnan, PhD





Mary Amanda Dew, PhD





Shawna L. Ehlers, PhD





Carolyn Tucker, PhD





Kathleen Torsney, PhD





Matthew M. Burg, PhD





Doerte Junghaenel, PhD





Betsy Seng, PhD

Lynne Unikel, PhD