Membership Council

Society for Health Psychology

Council Focus

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

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.

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. If members are interested in hosting local networking events, please use the contact form below. A manual and template for hosting these networking events are available upon request.
  • Hosting virtual Welcome Wednesdays to introduce new members and current members to SfHP membership benefits!
  • Creating Member Spotlights to get to know current members and why they joined SfHP.

Fellows Committee

The Fellows Committee, a constituent Committee of the Membership Council, reviews all candidates for fellowship status in the Society. Evidence must be presented of unusual and outstanding contributions to the discipline of health psychology. Complete instructions for applying for Fellow status are available here.

Interested in joining the Membership Council?

Connect with health psychologists

The SfHP Membership Council is always looking for volunteers, especially those who are interested in assisting with engaging new and current members!


Membership Resources

Council Members

  • Virginia Andersen, PhD, ABPP
  • Rashelle B. Hayes, PhD
    Past Chair
  • Aimee Cruz, PsyD
  • Yelena Chernyak, PhD
  • Lauren Necesario Smith, PsyD
  • Lori Urban, PsyD
  • Chaska Gomez, PsyD
  • Dori Polovsky
    Student Advisory Council Representative