Who We Are: Our Mission, Our Values

The Society for Health Psychology strives to:

Advance contributions of psychology as a discipline to the understanding of health and illness through basic and clinical research and by encouraging the integration of biomedical information about health and illness with current psychological knowledge; Promote education and services in the psychology of health and illness; and Inform the psychological and biomedical community, and the general public, on the results of current research and service activities in this area

General Information

The Society for Health Psychology of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) facilitates collaboration among psychologists interested in the psychological and behavioral aspects of physical and mental health. We are committed to providing information about current practice and research, and connecting our members and creating opportunities for professional growth. Through our professional meetings and publications, we bring further focus on quality research to inform clinical practice.

As APA is the cornerstone for promoting and protecting psychology as a critical component in advancing human wellness, SfHP is key to the focus on Health Psychology. Our organization is unique among others interested in behavior and health, in that nearly all of our members are psychologists. By sharing a common foundation in education and training, we communicate easily and advance our discipline profoundly. We welcome new members, whether they have been in the field for many years or are students planning on entering it, realizing the potential for great contributions to our collective knowledge.

As Health Psychologists, we are engaged in academic research, professional practice, and education and training across an array of community, clinical, occupational, and acute health care settings. This is an exciting time, as professional and public interest in how biology, environment, and behavior impact health and illness continues to grow. Health Psychologists are making important contributions to the well-being of our patients by incorporating psychological theory and research to develop methods to assist patients in maintaining healthy lifestyles. Health psychologists also help patients manage chronic disease and avoid preventable diseases, and provide rehabilitative services to persons with acute injuries and chronic diseases.