Andrea Bradford, PhD
“The Society for Health Psychology.” I still smile when I read the new name for our division, in part because it emphasizes what brings us together, rather than the fact of being a fragment of a larger entity. The fall issue of the SfHP newsletter is always an opportunity to become more aware of the breadth and reach of the achievements and contributions of our members. As such, I have organized one section of this season’s issue to highlight our five SfHP award winners for 2015. Congratulations to these inspiring professionals who are among the finest representatives of our field!
Congratulations, too, to one of our own members, Dr. Tony Puente, who was recently named President-elect of APA for 2016. Dr. Puente’s tireless advocacy for psychology – and health psychology – are reflected in his leadership on the development of billing codes to capture some of the unique work of clinical health psychologists (more on that subject in this issue’s Health Policy Corner). Dr. Puente will no doubt continue to be a passionate advocate for health psychology as he assumes his new role within APA.
Please take a few moments to read the important announcements and member updates in this issue. As the Society enters its 38th year, special planning is underway to celebrate “38’s 38th birthday.” Now is the perfect time to nominate a deserving colleague for an award, pursue fellow status, submit a program for next year’s Convention in Denver, Colorado, participate in the Anniversary Task Force , submit an original contribution for this newsletter (send to firstname.lastname@example.org), or encourage students, trainees, and junior colleagues to become involved in SfHP. Despite the size of our organization, it’s truly possible to make a contribution. As a total outsider myself to SfHP 5 years ago, I have found it to be a welcoming and vital home, and I hope that you find a similarly warm welcome within our Society.
With best wishes for the holiday season and the new year ahead,