Membership Council


Membership Council

Our mission is to recruit new members to the Society, as well as to retain current members and facilitate their involvement in the Society.

Membership Council
We believe that psychologists interested in health psychology will benefit from involvement in the Society throughout their careers. We are, therefore, dedicated to serving our membership across the professional spectrum, from student and early career professionals to mid-career and senior health psychologists. We welcome involvement, ideas, and feedback regarding how we can better serve members.

Fellows Committee
The Fellows Committee, a constituent Committee of the Membership Council, reviews all candidates for fellowship status in the Society. In the case of Members being nominated for Fellowship in the Society for Health Psychology, evidence must be presented of unusual and outstanding contributions to the discipline of Health Psychology. All candidates for Fellow must be endorsed by at least one Fellow of the Society. Complete instructions for applying for Fellow status are available here.

Recent Activities
The Membership Council continues to work on several different initiatives, including:

  • Increasing participation in the “Congratulate Your Graduate” initiative
  • Increasing awareness of the benefits of membership
  • Increasing the diversity of members
  • Increasing local networking events, even if by Zoom. Local networking events should continue. If members are interested in hosting networking events, please contact the Membership Council Chair, Rashelle Hayes. A manual and template for hosting these networking events are available upon request.


Rashelle B. Hayes, PhD

Virginia Andersen, PhD
Associate Chair

Kylie Park, MS
Student Liaison

Aimee Cruz, PsyD

Yelena Chernyak, PhD

Lauren Necesario Smith, PsyD

Lori Urban, PsyD