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.

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Ali A. Weinstein, PhD

Chair George Mason University, Department of Global and Community Health

Amanda Almond, PhD

Vice Chair Health Research Council

Joshua F. Wiley, PhD

Vice-Chair, Health Research Council

Allison Carroll, PhD

Research Communications Liaison

KayLoni Olson, PhD

Student Liaison to Health Research Council

Lydia Wu, BA, BS

Diversity Council Liaison to Health Research Council

Dominic Ysidron

Graduate Student Representative

Deborah Ragin, PhD

Member, Health Research Council

Renee Magnan, PhD

Researcher on Call Series Leader

Mary Amanda Dew, PhD

Member, Health Research Council

Shawna L. Ehlers, PhD

Member, Health Research Council

Carolyn Tucker, PhD

Member, Health Research Council

Kathleen Torsney, PhD

Member, Health Research Council

Matthew M. Burg, PhD

Member, Health Research Council

Doerte Junghaenel, PhD

Member, Health Research Council

Elizabeth Seng, PhD

Yeshiva University

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