The Health Psychologist

Society for Health Psychology

Kourtney Schroeder, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist & Assistant Professor
Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
University of Florida, College of Medicine- Jacksonville

It’s that time again. Get ready for another issue of the e-zine jammed pack with so many thoughtful and exciting pieces! In this issue, we welcome our incoming president, Dr. Mark Vogel, who describes all of the great initiatives to look forward to in the upcoming year, which includes focusing on the well-being of health psychologists.

The former Communications Chair of the Student Advisory Council, Jesse Kruse, interviewed accomplished psychologist, Dr. Jesse Dietch, who provided insights into her experience as a growing professional and gave advice on how to navigate finding one’s own way into becoming an integrated primary care psychologist. The incoming Communications Chair of the Student Advisory Council, Nick Powers, describes the chronic stress that occurs in pediatric patients who are gender nonconforming and how this can be managed through differing treatments and interactions within the medical setting. 

This is the introduction of our newest column, The Creative Outlet, which provides a space for narrative, reflective, and creative pieces regarding health psychology. In this issue, there are two contributions for this emerging column, with the first contributed by the author who inspired the idea for the column, Dr. Grace Kao. She shares about a graduation session with a patient with the impact not only being for the patient but also the provider. In the other article for our new column, Madeline Foster, provides a reflection on working in a clinical setting with a public health perspective. 

In our Interdisciplinary Corner, Dr. Hana Kim and Nicole Nagle, share the work of psychologists in variable settings. Dr. Kim explains working as a military health psychologist and the impact of mental health within this population. Nicole showcases the need for integration in pediatric primary care and the models designed to implement this approach to serving children and adolescents. 

Dr. Caroline Doyle takes a look at Apolipoprotein -B as a predictor of cardiovascular disease and management through lifestyle changes. Dr. Beth Kace also describes lifestyle changes in cancer survivorship with the addition of using self-compassion in sustaining behavior change over time. Dr. Chandra Char conveys the importance of empathy in serving patients with disabilities and preventing an ableistic approach as well as the negative impact of this interaction between providers and patients. The University of Miami Health Psychology Faculty and Graduate Students provided a beautiful tribute to Dr. Neil Schneiderman, describing his alcaldes. 

SfHP offers six graduate student research awards annually so don’t miss out on this opportunity to apply! Applications for these awards are due on January 31, 2024. We will be hosting a webinar with previous award winners to learn more about the process on November 16th, 2023, at 1pm ET; more information about the application process can be found in the graphic below. 

A giant thank you to all of the authors who dedicated time and hard work in every article! Please do not hesitate to contact me at if you have any questions or an idea for a piece (one does not have to be a member to contribute).


Kourtney Schroeder, Psy.D.
Editor in Chief, The Health Psychologist