2016 Distinguished International Affiliates

In 2012, The Society for Health Psychology created a new category of achievement, Distinguished International Affiliate, to recognize the “Fellows-level” accomplishments of health psychologists around the world.

This year, the Fellows Committee, chaired by Dr. Bert Uchino, is delighted to recognize the following international colleagues for their outstanding contributions:

Denise de Ridder, PhD
Department of Social Health and Organizational Psychology
Utrecht University

Dr. de Ridder’s research examines the interplay between self-control, goal-setting, emotion regulation and health behavior. Specifically, she is interested in self-regulation of eating and food selection behavior among adolescents as well as health behaviors that interfere with managing chronic illnesses like diabetes and asthma. She has received numerous research grants to support his work and published over 100 papers in some of the best peer-reviewed journals (Lancet, Health Psychology). She is an Associate Editor of Health Psychology Review and Psychology and Health as well as a member of editorial boards of other prominent journals in the areas of pediatric and health psychology. She has served as the scientific director of the Netherlands Research Institute (Psychology and Health). Dr. de Ridder also directed a research master program in Social and Health Psychology and developed a professional master program on Health Promotion (Utrecht University). She is also a member of several important advisory boards of professional institutions in the field of public health, including the Netherlands Nutrition Centre, the Netherlands Institute for Public Health and the Environment, the Dutch Public Health Innovation Network, and the Behavior and Health Research Unit at Cambridge University. She co-founded the Dutch Association for Research in Psychology and Health to communicate the professional profile of health psychology to students and professionals in the Netherlands.


Mark Timothy Conner, PhD
Professor, School of Psychology
University of Leeds

As an applied social psychologist, Dr. Conner has engaged in research relevant to health psychology, especially health cognition and behavioral changes, over the past 25 years. His research in this area has involved topics in relation to exercise, diet choice, eating behavior, smoking, blood donation, and obesity. He has published well over 200 articles on these topics in outstanding outlets (e.g., Psychological Bulletin, Health Psychology) and authored a popular undergraduate textbook in Health Psychology. His research has been supported by grants from various UK funding agencies. He has been an elected Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS; 2007) and the European Health Psychology Society. He is also the recipient of awards for Distinguished Health Psychology Contribution by the Executive Committee of Health Psychology Division, International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP, 2014) and for Distinguished Contribution to Research in Health Psychology by the Division of Health Psychology, British Psychological Society (BPS, 2010; inaugural award).  He has service contributions to numerous journals including Psychology and Health (co-editor) as well as the British Journal of Social Psychology (Associate Editor). He is currently the Joint Editor in chief of Psychology and Health.  Finally, Dr. Conner is the academic lead on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Leeds Health which developed a toolkit of techniques for practitioners to help individuals modify their health behaviors (e.g., exercise, smoking).


Marie Johnston, PhD
Professor Emeritus, College of Life Science and Medicine
University of Aberdeen 

Dr. Johnston has played a significant role in the development of the field of health psychology through her research and service contributions. She is interested in theoretical, methodological, and intervention approaches to health behavior change.  Dr. Johnston has over 300 publications in the leading journals both within and across the discipline (Health Psychology, British Medical Journal).  This work has been continuously supported by numerous extramural grants since the mid-1980s.  The quality of Dr. Johnston’s work has been recognized by numerous awards and recognitions including being named one of the 100 leading practicing scientists as a developer/translational scientist (UK Science Council), Contribution to Health Psychology in Ireland (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland), and the President’s Award (British Psychological Society).  She is also fellow of the British Psychological Society, Academy of Medical Sciences, and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.  Dr Johnston also has longstanding contributions to the discipline through her service which includes being a corresponding member of the task force that led to the establishment of Division 38.  She was also involved in the development of the Division of Health Psychology (British Psychological Society) as well as the European Health Psychology Society.  Besides her outstanding training of health psychologists, Dr. Johnston has also taught health psychology courses to medical students for over 25 years.


Theresa Marteau, PhD
Professor, Institute of Public Health
University of Cambridge

Dr. Marteau’s work has played a major role in understanding the effectiveness of behavioral change interventions aimed at altering disease risk. She has identified aspects of interventions that are less effective in driving behavioral change (e.g., targeting conscious processes when environmental cues activate less conscious routes) and developed a typology of environmental cues that can be targeted to promote healthier behaviors.  Dr. Marteau has published over 300 articles on these topics in outstanding outlets both within the area (e.g., Health Psychology, Health Psychology Review) and more broadly (e.g., Science, Nature), including several Cochrane reviews.  This work has been supported by numerous grants from the Wellcome Trust, the Medical Research Council, and the European Union.  Dr. Marteau is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, Academy of Social Sciences, Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh, and the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.  She is also a consulting editor for Health Psychology Review.  She has contributed to a number of organizations as she is a member of the International Scientific Advisory Board of the French National Cancer Institute, the Scientific Advisory Panel of the Behavioural Insights Team (Cabinet Office), and the CMO’s Alcohol Guidelines Working Party.